Jordan Ernest Burroughs was born on July 8, 1988. He grew up in the town of Sicklerville, as the youngest of four children. He began wrestling when he was five years old, and at that time was inspired by the great wrestlers of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). His favorite wrestlers as a kid weren't Olympic champions at all, but rather the Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man Randy Savage.
Burroughs attended Winslow Township High School, where he won three district titles, two regional championships, and a state title in 2006 at 135 pounds. In high school, Burroughs was ranked No. 52 on a list of best wrestlers in the country. That same year, he won Senior Nationals, proving that hard work, sacrifice, and persistence pays off. In 2006 he accepted a scholarship to the University of Nebraska to follow his long-time friend and former teammate Vince Jones, and wrestle in Lincoln for the Huskers under head coach Mark Manning.
At Nebraska, Burroughs had a tough transition early on. He finished his freshman year with a 16-13 record. However, his work ethic continued to improve, as did his abilities. Over the next three seasons he amassed 111 wins and took only six losses, finishing his junior and senior campaigns with undefeated records (in 2009 he was 35-0 and in 2011, 36-0). He concluded his collegiate career with three Big 12 titles, two national championships and the Hodge Trophy for his senior season (wrestling's equivalent to college football’s Heisman trophy).
Burroughs took no breaks after winning his NCAA title in 2011 and graduating with a degree in Sociology. He jumped into the world freestyle scene almost immediately, winning the U.S. Open at 74 kilograms just three weeks after his last college match. Burroughs kept the winning streak going, earning a spot on the United States World Team that year and following through with a World Championship title on September 18, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. With the victory, Burroughs became only the fourth wrestler ever to win a NCAA championship and World Championship in the same year.
The following year Burroughs qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games at 74 kg by defeating Andrew Howe at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City, Iowa. On August 10, 2012, Burroughs defeated Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran to become an Olympic Gold Medalist.
In 2013, Burroughs returned to the World Championships, where he won his second career World gold medal. He competed in the World Championships less than a month after breaking his ankle in training. He joined John Smith as only the second American wrestler to win three World or Olympic gold medals in a row.
Burroughs went three and a half years without a loss, before having his 69-match win streak broken in February 2014. It was the longest winning streak in U.S. history on the Senior level. Burroughs once again made the U.S. World Team, finishing with a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
in June of 2015, at the World Team Trials in Madison, WI, Burroughs defeated four-time NCAA Champion Kyle Dake in two matches to make his fifth World/Olympic Team in a row. He will wrestle on September 12, in Las Vegas, Nevada for a chance at a fourth World title. There have only been two American wrestlers to ever win four or more world championships, and this victory could place him in very elite company. Burroughs is an unprecedented 108-2 on the international circuit.
Burroughs has been asked if he would ever consider pursuing mixed martial arts, but has stated that his passion is, and will always be wrestling.
Burroughs loves social media, and is very engaging with his fans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. His Twitter handle is @alliseeisgold, which has earned him quite the reputation in the sports community.
Jordan considers himself a normal guy, and enjoys doing the simple things in life. On October 12th, 2013, Burroughs was married to Lauren Mariacher, and that have one son, Beacon Burroughs, who is one year old. He finds hope in Jesus Christ, loves to read, and spend time with his family. Burroughs enjoys playing Fifa with his buddies, and would love to own his own sneaker/clothing boutique in the future. Just like most wrestlers, between competitions he enjoys eating, and his favorite foods are hot wings and reuben sandwiches.
Besides more gold medals, he dreams of someday having a big home with a large family to fill it. Although Jordan is a wrestler, he loves football and is a Buffalo Bills fan. Jordan's favorite current athletes are Roger Federer, Lebron James, and Serena Williams.
Burroughs’ goal is to become the winningest wrestler in American history. In order to do so, he would have to win four more world championships in addition to the three he already has. He has his sights set on another World Championship this September in Vegas, and another gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dream it. Do it.
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