Jordan Burroughs looks on during a match at World Wrestling Championships on Oct. 20, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.
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.
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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.
Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.