Monday, July 25, 2011

Jordan Burroughs is Unstoppable, Wins Gold in Ukraine!

Jordan Burroughs earned a gold medal in his first international outing at senior level competition.
Jordan Burroughs is bulldozing the competition at the international level.

This weekend, Burroughs competed in his first tournament since earning a spot on the U.S. World Team. He traveled with the team to Ukraine where they competed in the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers Memorial International. Burroughs posted five back-to-back wins en route to tournament gold. More impressively, Burroughs walked through the competition, never loosing a round. The tournament was his first international tournament win at the senior level. He adds the medal to the Division 1 NCCA 165 lb. Title, Hodge Trophy, and US National title that he earned earlier this year.

I've followed Jordan Burroughs' career from the time he competed at the middle school level. At that point in his career, Jordan was already winning tournaments and catching eyes with his lightning fast speed and athleticism.

It's funny, I remember hearing about how the other kids in Jordan's neighborhood would play pick-up basketball, but Jordan and his neighbor and best friend, Vince Jones who also earned All American honors at Nebraska, played 'pick-up wrestling' in Jones' garage. As I've heard it, Jordan and Vince would wrestle for hours in that garage.

Jordan Burroughs has always dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion, and he is well on course to making that dream a reality.

Burroughs is proof that hard work and dedication do pay off.

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Results from the Ukrainian Memorial (via TheMat.com) after the break...




OUTSTANDING URKAINIAN WRESTLERS MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL
At Kiev, Ukraine, July 24

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold – Yevgen Khavilov (Ukraine)
Silver – Yuriy Semakin (Ukraine)
Bronze – Gevorg Terteriya (Russia)
Bronze – Alpamys Supigaliyev (Kazakhstan)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Jordan Burroughs (USA)
Silver – Alibek Agbayev (Russia)
Bronze – Trent Paulson (USA)
Bronze – Musa Martazaliev (Armenia)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
Gold – Alen Zaseyev (Ukraine)
Silver – Pavlo Oliynyk (Ukraine)
Bronze – Alikhan Jumayev (Kazakhstan)
Bronze – Ivan Yankouski (Belarus)

U.S. performances

60 kg/132 lbs. – Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC) – 5th
LOSS Yevgen Khavilov (Ukraine), 0-5, 4-5
WIN Vasyl Fedoryshyn (Ukraine)
WIN Rizvan Gadzhiev (Belarus), 7-0, 0-6, 5-2
LOSS Gevorg Terteriya (Russia), 3-0, 0-2, 2-5

60 kg/132 lbs. – Shawn Bunch Columbus, Ohio (Gator WC) – dnp
WIN Vadim Dzgoyev (Russia), 3-0, 4-2
LOSS Gevorg Terteriya (Russia), 2-3, 1-3

60 kg/132 lbs. – Coleman Scott, Stillwater, Okla. (Gator WC) – dnp
LOSS Ashot Terterian (Armenia), 0-3, 2-3

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids) – 1st
WIN Ilgiz Jakupbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
WIN Zelim Perisayev (Russia), 3-1, 4-0
WIN Giya Chikhladze (Ukraine), 2-1, 5-0
WIN Musa Martazaliev (Armenia), 1-0, 4-1
WIN Alibek Agbayev (Russia), 3-1, 6-0

74 kg/163 lbs. – Trent Paulson, Ames, Iowa (Sunkist Kids) – 3rd
WIN Zhiger Zakirov (Kazakhstan)
LOSS Alibek Agbayev (Russia), 2-0, 0-3, 2-4
WIN Alexander Burca (Moldova), 3-0, 0-2, 2-1
WIN Andrew Howe (USA), 2-0, 1-0
WIN Abdulkhakim Shapiyev (Kazakhstan)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Nick Marable, Columbia, Mo. (Sunkist Kids) – dnp
LOSS Stanislav Khachirov (Russia), 0-3, 0-1

74 kg/163 lbs. – Andrew Howe, Cedar Lake, Ind. (New York AC) – 7th
WIN Bessarion Bikoyev (Ukraine), 0-8, 1-0, 3-0
WIN Robert Olle (Slovakia), 1-0, 2-0
LOSS Alibek Agbayev (Russia), 1-0, 0-6, 0-1
LOSS Trent Paulson (USA), 0-2, 0-1

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Dustin Kilgore, Berea, Ohio (Golden Pride WC) – dnp
WIN Jae-Gang Kim (Korea), 4-1, 6-3
LOSS Alikhan Jumayev (Kazakhstan), 0-4, 0-4

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