Jordan Ernest Burroughs was born on July 8, 1988 in New Jersey and grew up in the town of Sicklerville. He began wrestling at the age of 5 and was inspired by the great wrestlers of the WWF to begin. His favorite wrestlers as a kid weren't Olympic Champions at all, but the Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man Randy Savage. He attended Winslow Township High School where he won three district titles, 2 regional championships, and a state title in 2006 at 135 pounds.
Jordan was actually the 52nd ranked senior in the nation in high school, 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 under head coach Mark Manning.
In college Burroughs had a tough transition early. He was 16-13 as a freshman. However, his work ethic continued to improve as did his abilities. The next 3 years he had a total record of 111-6. Finishing his junior and senior seasons with undefeated records 09' (35-0), 11' (36-0). He finished his career with three Big 12 titles and two national championships, including winning the Hodge Trophy, which is wrestling's equivalent to the Heisman. However, there was adversity throughout this process. In late 2009, after winning a national championship the year before, Burroughs was sidelined with a season ending knee injury in which he tore his LCL and PCL, calling for a 9 month recovery period. Burroughs hasn't lost since.
After graduating Jordan jumped right into the freestyle scene. Making his first world team in 2011, and becoming only the 4th wrestler in American history to win a NCAA and World Championship in the same year. He wasn't finished yet. Burroughs continued his path to greatness, making his first Olympic Team and winning a Olympic Gold medal in in August 2012 in London. He has amassed an amazing 38-0 international record, and is currently still undefeated since 2009.