2013 World Champion
2013 Bronze Medalist
2013 Bronze Medalist
2013 Bronze Medalist
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BUDAPEST, Hungary – The legend of Jordan Burroughs continues to grow.
Not only did the unflappable Burroughs continue his incredible run by winning a gold medal at the World Wrestling Championships.
He did it on a left ankle that he broke less than a month ago.
Burroughs kept his composure in earning a gritty 4-0 win over Iran’s Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei in the men’s freestyle finals at 74 kg/163 lbs. on Wednesday night at the Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.
Burroughs captured his third straight gold medal after striking gold at the 2011 Worlds and the 2012 Olympics.
Burroughs turned in an amazing performance considering he broke his ankle less than a month ago during a practice at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He broke his ankle Aug. 22, had surgery the next day and said he didn’t resume live wrestling until arriving in Budapest less than a week ago.
“The doctor put five screws in my left ankle,” Burroughs said. “I’m like Iron Man now. I was running sprints at the OTC and tried to jump off the wall to stop my momentum and snapped it. The doctor made it extra stable for me to be able to compete. He said he could do the type of surgery that would guarantee I would be able to compete. I was on crutches and I couldn’t walk for a couple weeks. I rode the bike and lifted and stayed in great shape when I couldn’t wrestle. I have only wrestled live once in the last four weeks and that was here.
"It's definetly the biggest win of my career. It's special, real special."
Burroughs scored on pushouts in the first and second periods to build a 2-0 lead against his defensive-minded finals opponent from Iran. He then spun behind for a huge takedown with 40 seconds left for the final margin. He outscored his five opponents by a combined 34-3 total on Wednesday.
“My ankle felt good,” he said. “I don’t have the full range of motion. I was about 75-80 percent. I tried to compete hard and give my all. I believed I could do this. It’s a testament to my willpower. I knew I could compete at a high level.”
Burroughs beat the Iranian for the second time this year after defeating him in the 2013 World Cup in Tehran, Iran.
Burroughs is now a perfect 65-0 on the Senior level since starting his international career in 2011. He beat another Iranian, Sadegh Goudarzi, in the 2011 World and 2012 Olympic finals.
Burroughs becomes the first U.S. men’s freestyle wrestler to win back-to-back World titles since John Smith in 1990 and 1991.
Burroughs becomes only the second U.S. men’s freestyle wrestler to win three straight World or Olympic titles. John Smith won six straight World or Olympic titles from 1987-92.
Alyssa Lampe displays her bronze medal on Thursday in Budapest, Hungary. Larry Slater photo.
Alyssa Lampe captured a World bronze medal with a quick 46-second pin over Melanie LeSaffre of France in women’s freestyle at 48 kg/105.5 lbs.
Lampe earns her second straight World bronze after taking third at the 2012 Worlds at 51 kg/112.25 lbs.
“I knew I had to come back strong to win a medal,” Lampe said. “I just had to keep focused and stay on my offense.”
Elena Pirozhkova displays her bronze medal on Thursday in Budapest, Hungary. Larry Slater photo.
BUDAPEST, Hungary – Elena Pirozhkova added a bronze to her impressive medal collection at the World Wrestling Championships.
Pirozhkova scored a first-period takedown and completely shut down Junior World champion Anastasia Bratchikova of Russia in a 2-0 win in the bronze match Thursday night at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.
“I’m just really happy I got a medal,” Pirozhkova said. “I felt really good. I could’ve opened up a little more, but I got the job done. I wanted to win the gold, but I was happy to come back and win a bronze. I just need to keep building for the 2016 Olympics.”
Pirozhkova now owns World medals of every color. She captured a World silver medal in 2010 and a World gold medal in 2012 in women’s freestyle wrestling at 63 kg/138.75 lbs.
“Elena looked really solid,” U.S. Coach Terry Steiner said. “Her positioning was very good and she did a good job of pressuring her opponent.” Adeline Gray displays her bronze medal on Friday night in Budapest. Larry Slater photo.
Adeline Gray displays her bronze medal on Friday night in Budapest. Larry Slater photo.
BUDAPEST, Hungary – Three straight years, three straight medals.
American Adeline Gray earned her third straight medal at the World Wrestling Championships, collecting a bronze medal on Friday night at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.
Gray registered a convincing 8-2 win over Turkey’s Yasemin Adar in her women’s freestyle bronze match at 72 kg/158.5 lbs.
“I really wanted to get that gold for my team,” Gray said. “I feel a little disappointed. I’m definitely ready to go back to the drawing board and make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Gray won her third straight World medal after earning a gold medal in 2012 and a bronze in 2011.
"I'm supposed to be an Olympic champion and that's what I want to deliver in 2016," Gray said. "This wasn't the gold I wanted, but I'm still going to celebrate tonight."
The U.S. women finished third in the team race, scoring 37 points to earn a trophy. Japan won the title with 48 points while Mongolia was a close second with 47 points.
“We are proud of third, but we came in expecting more,” U.S. Coach Terry Steiner said. “I think five medals probably would’ve won this competition for us. We were very, very close, but we left some medals on the table. We can’t be satisfied and content with third. There is no doubt this team can win. We have to get back to work.”