Former Husker Jordan Burroughs added to his international wrestling legacy on Wednesday by winning the 74-kg freestyle gold medal at the 2013 FILA World Championships. Burroughs captured his third consecutive world title with win, which includes the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal in London, England, and the 2011 FILA World Championship. His crown marks the third FILA freestyle title won by a former Husker as Bill Scherr won at 90 kg in 1985.
In the gold medal match, Burroughs defeated Iran’s Essadollah Akbari by a 4-0 decision. Burroughs took a 1-0 lead late in the first period following a push out and extended the lead to 2-0 in the second period with an additional push out. With time winding down in the match, the Sicklerville, N.J. native took down Akbari to close out the match.
Burroughs opened the tournament with a 9-2 technical fall over Gamid Dzhalilov of Tajikistan before winning 7-0 over India’s Narsingh Yadav in the second round.
After the first round of the quarterfinals, Burroughs managed a 1-0 lead over Jabrayil Hassanov of Azerbaijan. The American struck quickly in the second period, however, and extended his lead to 7-0, which stood as the final score.
Burroughs faced Ali Shabanau of Belarus in the semifinals and trailed 0-1 before a double at the end of the first period gave him the lead. Burroughs expanded his lead as Shabanau received penalties for hitting Burroughs in the face. Burroughs held on to a 6-1 lead at the five-minute mark but Shabanau received his third caution and was ultimately disqualified.
Burroughs extends his international winning streak to 65 consecutive matches with his performance in Hungary. He was a two-time NCAA champion at Nebraska and won the Hodge Trophy in 2011.
Jordan Burroughs’ Road to the Title: 74 kg (163 lbs.)
Jordan Burroughs tf. Gamid Dzhalilov (TJK), 9-2
Jordan Burroughs tf. Narsingh Yadav (IND), 7-0
Jordan Burroughs tf. Jabrayil Hassanov (AZE), 7-0
Jordan Burroughs dec. Ali Shabanau (BLR), 7-1
Jordan Burroughs dec. Essadollah Akbari (IRI), 4-0