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Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs returns to Nebraska as assistant coach

Jordan Burroughs as University of Nebraska champ... and winning gold at the 2013 World Championships in freestyle
Jordan Burroughs as University of Nebraska champ... and winning gold at the 2013 World Championships in freestyle
Photos courtesy of, Tony Rotundo, both used with permission

Jordan Burroughs, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champ for the University of Nebraska, is returning to his college alma mater as an assistant coach, the Cornhuskers announced Friday.

It’s a double homecoming of sorts for Burroughs. A 2011 graduate of Nebraska who is arguably the Huskers’ most accomplished wrestler, Burroughs had worked as an administrative assistant for head coach Mark Manning’s program during the 2012-13 season.

“We are pleased to announce Jordan as one of my top assistants,” Manning said. “Jordan is one of the best wrestlers in the world and his accomplishments speak for themselves. We want him to continue to win World and Olympic titles until he completes his career. Jordan and his wife Lauren have made a commitment to be a part of Nebraska Athletics for a very long time. I along with the wrestlers and staff are glad to have the influence, mentorship and knowledge that Jordan brings to Nebraska wrestling. He has been a part of Nebraska wrestling for the last eight years and will continue to be a tremendous ambassador for the University of Nebraska.”

“This is a huge stepping stone for my career and for Nebraska wrestling,” Burroughs said. “These are great facilities, people and tradition, and I’m extremely happy to continue to be a part of it. Now I get to look at things from the inside-out, whereas before it was from the outside-in. I want us to win team championships.”

A native of Sicklerville, N.J., Burroughs’ wrestling roots run deep at Nebraska. He compiled a 128-20 overall record, going undefeated his last two years for the Huskers, according to his career bio at Burrough's official website. A three-time Big 12 conference champ and NCAA All-American, Burroughs won the 157-pound title at the 2009 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Then, overcoming an injury-shortened 2009-10 season, Burroughs sprang back stronger than ever as a senior. He won his second NCAA championship in 2011, this time at 165. That year, Burroughs was named InterMat Wrestler of the Year, and was also presented with the Hodge Trophy, sometimes referred to as the Heisman of wrestling, as the best college wrestler of the year.

That collegiate success served as a springboard for great things in international freestyle competition. Burroughs bracketed his gold-medal performance at 74 kilos/163 pounds at the 2012 London Olympics by winning titles at the World Championships in 2011 and 2013. He is also the three-time defending U.S. Open champion and two-time reigning World Cup champion. Just last month, Burroughs won his third consecutive John Smith Freestyle Wrestler of Year honors from USA Wrestling.

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