A second NCAA title. A gold medal at the Worlds. Numerous awards. By any measure, 2011 was The Year of Jordan Burroughs.
Here are some of this year’s achievements for this 23-year-old wrestler from Sicklerville, N.J.:
- 2011 NCAA Division I 165-pound crown: Burroughs completed a perfect senior season by winning his second national title with a 11-3 major decision victory over Tyler Caldwell of the University of Oklahoma in the finals, becoming the first two-time mat champ in over 100 years of Husker wrestling.
- Hodge Trophy: A week after Nationals, Burroughs was named winner of the 2011 Hodge Award as best college wrestler of the year by WIN (Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine). This annual award, presented since 1995, has been called “the Heisman of collegiate wrestling.”
- Other awards: Burroughs was also named Wrestler of the Year by amateur wrestling websites D1CollegeWrestling.net and InterMatWrestle.com, and Best Technical Wrestler by TheOpenMat.com.
- 2011 U.S. Open winner: Just three weeks after winning his second NCAA title, Burroughs won the 74 kg freestyle title at the U.S. Open in Cleveland, beating Nick Marable in the finals.
- 2011 World Team Trials winner: In early June, Burroughs defeated Andrew Howe of the University of Wisconsin in the 74 kg freestyle finals in Oklahoma City to earn a spot on the U.S. World Team.
- 2011 Kiev winner: July saw Burroughs win gold at the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers Memorial International in Kiev, Ukraine.
- 2011 World freestyle gold medalist: In September, Burroughs claimed the 74 kg freestyle title at the 2011 World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, becoming the first U.S. World freestyle gold medal-winning matman since Bill Zadick in 2005, and the first wrestler to win NCAA and World titles in the same year since Stephen Neal in 1999.
- 2011 Pan Am gold medalist: In late October, Burroughs grabbed the 74 kg freestyle championship at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
What’s next for Jordan Burroughs? In a radio interview in November, the New Jersey native said he was “definitely” interested in getting into mixed martial arts (MMA) competition… but that would have to wait. “I want to wrestle ‘til 2017,” said Burroughs. “John Smith from Oklahoma State was the greatest American wrestler of all time. He was a four-time world champ and two-time Olympic champ so for me, in order to catch him or surpass him, I’ll have to wrestle every Olympics and every world championship from now to 2017.”
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College Wrestling Examiner’s Top Ten Stories of 2011
For the last week of the year, the College Wrestling Examiner will take a look back at some of the top news stories (and news trends) involving college wrestlers, and/or affecting collegiate wrestling, that we’ve covered in 2011. For links to the entire list of Top Ten Stories of 2011, click here.
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