By: Alex Steen, Editor
Name: Jordan Burroughs
Height: 5’ 9”
Weight Class: 74kg (163 lbs)
Club: Sunkist Kids
Lives In: Lincoln, Neb
High School: Winslow Township High School, Atco, N.J.
Born: July 8th, 1988
Now 124-2 on the Senior level for his career, three-time World Champion and defending Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs is one of only three Americans to have won at least four World or Olympic titles. He can tie Bruce Baumgartner with five titles if he wins in Rio. That would put him one short of John Smith, who won six in a row. There is no guarantee that Burroughs will win, but it is fair to say that anything short of another gold medal would be a disappointment for America’s best wrestler.
A lot has changed for Burroughs since he backed up his 2011 World Championship with a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. He got married in 2013. He experienced his first loss, after winning an American record 69 straight to start his senior level career, to Nick Marable in early 2014 and then lost to longtime rival Denis Tsargush at the 2014 World Championships, eventually earning the bronze medal. Also in 2014, his son, Beacon, was born.
With such a tumultuous 2014, and having dealt with injury issues at both the 2013 and 2014 World Championships, his 2015 World Championship gold medal, won on home turf in Las Vegas, had to be satisfying. Burroughs has continued to improve throughout his career which has been key to his consistency and his longevity at the top. He is still only 27 years old, he will turn 28 in July, and he looked better than ever at the U.S. Team Trials when he took apart Andrew Howe 9-3 and 10-0 to secure his spot on the team.
As good as he looked, there is open speculation as to how much longer Jordan will compete. In the past, he has indicated that John Smith’s American record of six world titles is something he is chasing, but his remarks to the crowd after winning the Olympic Team Trials this year in Iowa City had many wondering if this would be his last hurrah. Whether that proves to be true or not, we should all take the time to watch and enjoy each match that Burroughs wrestles this summer. It is a treat to watch a true master at work and whether he wrestles one last tournament or for years to come, he has secured his spot as one of the best ever.
2016 – Pan American Championships Champion, Yasar Dogu International Champion, U.S. Olympic Team Trials Champion
2015 – World Champion, Pan American Games Champion, U.S. World Team Trials Champion, World Cup Champion, Alexander Medved International Champion
2014 – World Championships Third Place, Pan American Championships Champion, U.S. World Team Trials Champion, U.S. Open Champion, World Cup Champion, Yasar Dogu International Third Place
2013 – World Champion, Sargsyan International Champion, U.S. World Team Trials Champion, U.S. Open Champion, Alexander Medved International Champion, World Cup Champion
2011: World Champion, Pan American Games Champion, Ukrainian Wrestlers Memorial International Champion, U.S. World Team Trials Champion, U.S. Open Champion