Fri Sep 23 2022 Jordan Burroughs selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week
by Taylor Gregorio, USA Wrestling
Photo by Justin Hoch / justinhoch.com.
Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania RTC/Sunkist Kids) has been selected as USA Wrestling Athlete of the Week on Sept. 22, 2022.
At the 2022 World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, Burroughs set the U.S. record for World and Olympic gold medals with seven, including six World gold medals and a 2012 Olympic gold medal. He moved ahead of John Smith, who won two Olympic golds and four World titles, and Adeline Gray, who won six World gold medals.
Competing at 79 kg, Burroughs opened his tournament with three-consecutive technical fall wins over opponents from Turkmenistan, North Macedonia and Kyrgyzstan. In the semifinals, he won a decisive 9-2 match over Bulgaria’s Ali Umarpashaev. For the crown, Burroughs met up with Mohammad Nokhodilarimi of Iran in a rematch of the 2021 World finals. The American used a crucial second-period takedown for an eventual 4-2 victory.
With seven gold (’11, ’12, ’13, ‘15, ’17, ’21, ’22) and three bronze medals (‘14, ’18, ’19), Burroughs now has 10 World and Olympic medals.
Each week USA Wrestling will select an Athlete of the Week based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling from youth programs through the senior level.
To nominate a wrestler for this honor please send the athlete's name, wrestling program, weekly accomplishments and career accolades to USA Wrestling Manager of Communications and Social Media Taylor Gregorio at email@example.com.