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NJ Olympians: Wrestler Jordan Burroughs

Wrestling sensation Jordan Burroughs was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1988.

Jordan Ernest Burroughs of the United States celebrates his gold medal in the Men's Freestyle 74 kg Wrestling
Jordan Ernest Burroughs of the United States celebrates his gold medal in the Men's Freestyle 74 kg Wrestling (Feng Li/Getty Images)

After winning a state championship during his senior year at Winslow Township High School, Burroughs committed to wrestle for the University of Nebraska.

At Nebraska, Burroughs became one of the most dominant wrestlers in the sport. Jordan Burroughs won back-to-back NCAA championships in his junior and senior year and was awarded the Hodge Trophy for his season-long dominance.

After college Burroughs jumped right into international competition and won the World Wrestling Championship in 2011.

Jordan Burroughs will be competing in the freestyle wrestling event in the 74 kg weight category. Burroughs is believed to be the gold-medal favorite in his event.

OLYMPIC UPDATE:

Jordan Burroughs has lived up to his Twitter handle (at) alliseeisgold.

The brash 24-year old gave the United States the gold medal in men’s 74-kg freestyle wrestling. Burroughs has won 38 straight freestyle matches since leaving the University of Nebraska.

 

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