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Jordan Burroughs named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling | Sept. 19, 2013, 4:47 a.m. (ET)
Jordan Burroughs (Lincoln, Neb./Sunkist Kids) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week.

Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level.

Burroughs kept his composure in earning a 4-0 win over Iran's Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei in the finals of the World Championships in men's freestyle at 74 kg/163 lbs. on Wednesday night at the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.

Burroughs captured his third straight gold medal after striking gold at the 2011 Worlds and the 2012 Olympics.

Burroughs turned in an amazing performance considering he broke his ankle less than a month ago during a practice at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He broke his ankle Aug. 22, had surgery the next day and said he didn't resume live wrestling until arriving in Budapest less than a week ago.

Burroughs scored on pushouts in the first and second periods to build a 2-0 lead against his defensive-minded finals opponent from Iran. He then spun behind for a huge takedown with 40 seconds left for the final margin. He outscored his five opponents by a combined 34-3 total on Wednesday.

Burroughs is now a perfect 65-0 on the Senior level since starting his international career in 2011. He beat another Iranian, Sadegh Goudarzi, in the 2011 World and 2012 Olympic finals.

Burroughs becomes the first U.S. men's freestyle wrestler to win back-to-back World titles since John Smith in 1990 and 1991.

Burroughs becomes only the second U.S. men's freestyle wrestler to win three straight World or Olympic titles. John Smith won six straight World or Olympic titles from 1987-92.

Note: To nominate a wrestler for TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week, send the athlete's name, accomplishments for the week and career accomplishments to Craig Sesker at csesker@usawrestling.org
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