Over the past two weeks, USA Wrestling earned 12 medals at the 2018 Senior Wrestling World Championships in Budapest, Hungary – its highest total ever in a single year. Eight of those medals were won by the U.S. men, including seven by the men’s freestyle team, which finished second in the race for the team trophy. All of the eight men who medaled competed collegiately at eight different universities.
Jordan Burroughs, University of Nebraska
Burroughs brought home the bronze medal in the 74 kg. class. His resume also includes two NCAA national championships, three-time All-American honors, four world championship titles, another world bronze and an Olympic gold medal.
Joe Colon, University of Northern Iowa
Competing at his first senior world championships, Colon won the bronze medal in the 61 kg. class. Prior to joining Team USA, Colon placed third at the 2014 NCAA national championship, the best a UNI Panther has ever finished.
Adam Coon, University of Michigan
Previously a three-time NCAA All-American, Coon recently transitioned to the senior national team. With four pins in one day, Coon secured the 130 kg. silver medal, which is Team USA’s first Greco-Roman medal since 2015 and best result since 2009.
J’den Cox, University of Missouri
Cox, who recently transitioned to the 96 kg. class, maintained his dominance and wrestled to win the gold medal in Budapest. Cox formerly wrestled in the 86 kg. class, where he was a three-time NCAA national champion, four-time All-American, world bronze medalist and Olympic bronze medalist.
Kyle Dake, Cornell University
A four-time NCAA national champion in four different weight classes, Dake made the most of his inaugural appearance on the U.S. senior world team and won the gold medal in the 79 kg class.
Nick Gwiazdowski, North Carolina State University
Gwiazdowski, a two-time NCAA national champion and three-time All-American including as a true freshman, won the 125 kg. bronze medal for the second year in a row.
Kyle Snyder, The Ohio State University
Snyder’s championship match, featuring two two-time world champions and Olympic gold medalists, was a rematch of the 2017 gold-medal match. This time Snyder brought home the silver medal in the 97 kg. class. He is also three-time NCAA national champion, two-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist.
David Taylor, Penn State University
Taylor’s first trip to the world championships was nothing short of the gold medal; knocking off the No. 1 seed from Turkey secured him the win in the 86 kg. class. Taylor is a two-time NCAA national champion and two-time runner up.