Former Olympic and four-time world champion Jordan Burroughs fell in the 74-kilogram quarterfinals of the Senior World Wrestling Championships, but he is still coming home with a bronze medal.
Burroughs, 30, faced off against Italy’s Frank Chamizo, the two-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, for the third time this year in Sunday’s bronze-medal match in Budapest, Hungary. Each won one match coming into the third meeting.Burroughs took a 1-0 lead after Chamizo couldn’t score in 30 seconds. Burroughs got a takedown for a 3-0 lead, but Italy challenged and the score became 3-2 in favor of Burroughs with a little over 90 seconds remaining. It was then Team USA’s turn to challenge on a step-out call, but the Americans lost the challenge and Chamizo went ahead 4-3. Burroughs then tied it, 4-4 and, when Chamizo couldn’t score as the clock ran, down Burroughs captured his second world bronze and sixth world championship medal overall based on tiebreaker criteria.
Burroughs lost to Russia’s Zaurbek Sidakov 6-5 in the quarterfinals, but defeated Miroslav Kirov of Bulgaria 9-0 in the repechage. He also got a win by forfeit against Liberia’s Venicious Juah and a 4-3 victory over Iran’s Mostafa Hosseinkhani.