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Jordan Burroughs Biography

A resident of the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township, New Jersey, Burroughs began to gain attention for his wrestling in his senior year at Winslow Township High School after winning a Senior National Championship under Head Coach Rick Koss. During high school he won three district championships and two regional championships, and in 2006 he captured a state title at 135 pounds. He committed to the University of Nebraska as the seventh ranked 135 pounder in the country.

In college, Burroughs won two NCAA Div. I titles for Nebraska, and was a three-time All-American. He won 2011 Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation's best college wrestler.

Burroughs took no breaks after winning his NCAA title and graduating. He jumped into the world freestyle scene winning the U.S. Open at 74 kilograms just three weeks after his last college match.[3] Burroughs then made the United States world team, and won the title at 74 kilograms at the 2011 World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, becoming only the 4th wrestler ever to win a NCAA championship and World Championship in the same year. He followed up by winning the 74 kg title at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. He qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games at 74 kilos at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. On August 10, 2012, Burroughs defeated Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran to become the Olympic Champion at 74 kilos.

In 2013, Burroughs returned to the World Championships, where he won his second career World gold medal. Amazingly, he competed in the World Championships less than a month after breaking his ankle in training. He joined John Smith as only the second U.S. wrestler to win three World or Olympic gold medals in a row. Burroughs went 3 1/2 years without a loss, with a 69-match win streak broken in February 2014. It was the longest winning streak in U.S. history on the Senior level.


Elite ASICS wrestler Jordan Burroughs recently worked with our product development team to design his perfect wrestling shoe: the all-new ASICS Jordan Burroughs Elite. Check out his visits to the ASICS America headquarters where he gave his input, and talked about what it means for him to be an athlete getting his own signature shoe for the first time.