Jordan Burroughs’ second career loss and one-day wrestling

Jordan Burroughs is pushing for the title of best U.S. wrestler of all time. He’s 92-2 in his international career, with two world championships and Olympic gold. (Hence the Twitter handle: @allIseeisgold) The second of those losses might merit an asterisk, as the headline implies:┬áJordan Burroughs sprains MCL, wins bronze at World Wrestling Championships | OlympicTalk. To give credit where it’s due: Russia’s Denis Tsargush, who beat Burroughs, is a former world champion himself and the man who has given Burroughs a couple of tough matches in major events. But seeing Burroughs lose on a hobbled leg raises a question: … Continue reading Jordan Burroughs’ second career loss and one-day wrestling

Woly Award: Jordan Burroughs rules the mat

Wrestler Jordan Burroughs is the winner of this week’s Woly, the weekly award for U.S. Olympic-sports athletes. I used to give this award for USA TODAY, and it continued for a while after I departed. They stopped, so I’m restarting. Burroughs, the Olympic and world champion, capped a big weekend for his sport with two massive wins, running his international record to an astounding 54-0. He needed to rally to win his match against Russia’s Saba Khubetzhty at Wednesday’s “Rumble on the Rails,” but under new international scoring rules, he roared past the same opponent Sunday in Los Angeles. The … Continue reading Woly Award: Jordan Burroughs rules the mat