Former Husker Jordan Burroughs aiming for U.S. record seventh international gold medal
A former Husker wrestler has a chance to make history Friday night in Serbia.
Jordan Burroughs, a New Jersey native who was an All-American during his collegiate career at Nebraska, clinched his 10th world medal on Thursday by beating Ali Pasha Umarpashaev of Bulgaria in the semfinals of the men’s freestyle competition at the World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade.
Burroughs will now wrestle Mohammad Nokhodilarimi of Iran in the championship round. If Burrough claims gold, he will become the most decorated U.S. wrestler in history with seven gold medals in Olympic or world competition.
Burroughs beat Nokhodilarimi in the World Championships last year.
With a win, Burroughs would pass John Smith and women’s wrestler Adeline Gray for the most gold medals in U.S. history. Burroughs also has three bronze medals.
Burorughs is a five-time World champion and 2012 Olympic champion. He was a two-time NCAA champion for Nebraska.
Burroughs, who is wrestling the 79 kg weight class, was in control throughout his 9-2 win over Umarpashaev on Thursday, leading 4-1 at the break with two step outs and a takedown.
In the second period, Burroughs scored on a takedown, a turn and a step out, only giving up a penalty point. Umarpashaev was ninth in the 2019 and 2021 World Championships.
Other Americans in the gold medal round are Zain Retherford and David Taylor.