Jordan Burroughs reacts to his win over Giya Chykladze of Ukraine in the 74-kilogram class during the 2014 FILA Freestyle Wrestling World Cup at The Forum on March 16, 2014 in Inglewood, Calif.
Jordan Burroughs was less than 30 seconds from defeat Saturday night in the ASICS/U.S. Open Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas.
Instead, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist not only claimed the 163-pound title, but also he landed the Outstanding Wrestler award for the men’s freestyle portion of the tournament.
Burroughs hit consecutive double-leg takedowns, the second coming with 17 seconds remaining, to pull out a dramatic 7-6 victory over David Taylor in a rematch of last year’s final.
“It takes mental toughness, dedication, focus and grit,” said Burroughs, who is 81-1 in four years of wrestling on the senior level. “I knew all I needed to do was score one more point than he did, and I got it done.
“This is a position I’ve been in multiple times in my career. I’ve gotten to this point in my career by being mentally tough and mentally focused.”
The victory marked the third U.S. Open title for Burroughs.
Jake Varner, also an Olympic gold medalist, won his third championship as well, claiming the 213-pound title after taking off most of the 2013 campaign.
Olympians Tervel Dlagnev (275.5) and Sam Hazewinkel (125.5) also added to their lists of titles. Dlagnev won for the third time and Hazewinkel the second.
Keith Gavin joined Burroughs in producing comebacks in the final. He rallied past Clayton Foster 7-4 at 189 to help the Titan Wrestling Club to the team title. Other championships were won by Jimmy Kennedy, 134; Brent Metcalf, 143; and Nick Marable, 154.
Helen Maroulis, in women’s freestyle, and RaVaughn Perkins, in Greco-Roman, also were named Outstanding Wrestlers. Maroulis defeated Sarah Hildebrandt 11-0 in the 121-pound final for her fifth title in six years.
Elena Pirozhkova won the 138.75-pound title for her sixth championship. Alyssa Lampe (105.5) and Alli Ragan (128) repeated. Whitney Conder (116.5) and Randi Miller (152) each won their second titles.
Jackie Cataline defeated five-time champion Iris Smith at 165. Jennifer Page won at 132, joining Pirozhkova and Cataline in helping Titan Mercury to the team championship.
Perkins was behind before scoring a fall over 2012 Olympian Ellis Coleman in the 145.5-pound final. Spenser Mango won his sixth title by defeating four-time champion Joe Betterman on a tiebreaker at 130. Justin Lester (156.5) won his fifth championship and Jordan Holm (187) his third. Andy Bisek (165), Kendrick Sanders (176), Caylor Williams (216) and Robby Smith (286) won the other titles.
Mango, Lester and Williams helped the U.S. Army to the team title.
Pico was named Outstanding Wrestler of junior nationals. Pico, a high school wrestler and a 2013 Cadet world champion, won the 145.5-pound title 7-0 over Zain Retherford, a 2012 Cadet world champion who finished fifth in the NCAA Division I championships this year as a Penn State freshman.
Brooke Crain finished second in the elite women’s race for the second straight year in the first stop of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Saturday in Manchester, England.
U.S. national champion Alise Post suffered a knee injury in practice Friday and did not compete.
Connor Fields finished sixth in the elite men’s race. Corben Sharrah and Jared Garcia tied for ninth.
Elsewhere, Luke Keough and Daniel Holloway finished 2-3 Saturday at the Winston-Salem Classic Criterium, a USA Cycling National Racing Calendar event in North Carolina.
Kent Farrington and Voyeur won the jump-off Saturday to take the second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Lyon, France.
The top 30 of 38 entries qualified to be part of Monday’s competition with the United States advancing eight of its 11 riders.
Farrington, Beezie Madden, Charlie Jayne, Leslie Burr-Howard, Katie Dinan and McLain Ward had fault-free rides Saturday to make the jump-off. Farrington was among 11 riders to make it through the jump-off without a fault and did so in a leading time of 39.69 seconds.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Madden and Simon finished third Saturday.
Canada rallied in the second half Saturday to defeat the U.S. Women’s Eagles 14-10 in Langford, British Columbia, in the final match of the Can-Am Series.
The United States bounced back strong from a 51-7 loss Tuesday and took a 10-0 lead at halftime. Amanda Street and Sharon Blaney had tries in the loss.
Elsewhere, the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans defeated Uruguay 26-25 Saturday to take third place at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong, China. The United States went 3-1 in the tournament. Ben Cima connected on seven penalties to lead the scoring.
Jack Eichel and Sonny Milano recorded three points each, and Edwin Minney registered Team USA’s second consecutive shutout as the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team downed Denmark 7-0 Sunday in Finland. With the victory, Team USA improved to 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in preliminary round action at the 2014 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship. Team USA will face host nation Finland Tuesday.
U.S. boxers went 4-1 Sunday at the Youth World Championships and Youth Olympic Games Qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Flyweight Shakur Stevenson, a 2013 junior world champion, and light flyweight Nico Hernandez each improved to 2-0 in the tournament on the last day of preliminary bouts to set up the quarterfinal round. Javier Estrada and Darmani Rock, who posted a second-round technical knockout, also won Sunday. Hernandez was part of a 2-1 effort Saturday. Estrada had the other win.
Carlos Balderas joined women’s winners Jajaira Gonzalez and Martha Fabela to help the United States go 3-2 Friday. Stevenson and Fabela combined for a 2-0 effort Thursday.
Led by Kevin McDowell’s gold-medal performance, eight U.S. men and women posted top-11 finishes to sweep the team titles Sunday at the International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) 12th World University Triathlon Championships.
McDowell pieced together a solid swim and bike before logging the fastest run of the day to finish in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course. Chris Braden had the fastest bike split and held on to a podium finish through the run, taking third in 2:04:33 behind Tomas Renc of the Czech Republic. On the women’s side, Kaitlin Donner finished in 2:18:02 to earn the bronze medal.
Lauren Phillips clinched the title prior to the Saturday’s final of the women’s three-position rifle at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. Lorelie Stanfield edged Virginia Thrasher for second place.
Phillips and Stanfield were named to the National Junior Team. Sarah Osborn won the J2 Division and Annabelle Stanec won J3. The competition continues through April 26.
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team finished second in the Dallas Cup after falling 2-0 to River Plate of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday. The United States reached the age group final with Friday’s 3-2 win over Fluminense Football Club of Brazil.
Five of the six U.S. teams competing at the Pan American Championships — a six-day event that concluded Saturday in Bogota, Colombia — won gold medals. The United States won Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Over 35 and Over 45 titles. The Under 13 Team claimed silver.
The Elite Team was made up of Caroline Hensley, Regina Jaquess, Erika Lang, Adam Pickos, Nate Smith and Zack Worden.
Duke recruit Justise Winslow came off the bench to score 16 points Saturday when the USA Basketball Junior Select Team defeated the World Select Team 84-73 at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org.