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Jordan Burroughs
Other Position: 149/157
Weight: 165
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sicklerville, N.J.
High School: Winslow Township
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Awards & Honors

  • 128-20 career record
  • Fourth-most wins in school history
  • Tied for fifth-most dual wins in school history (62)
  • Sixth-best career winning percentage in school history (.865)
  • Tied for fifth-most falls in a single season in school history (20, 2011)
  • Two-Time National Champion (2009,157; 2011, 165)
  • 2011 Hodge Trophy winner
  • 2011 InterMat Wrestler of the Year
  • Three-Time All-American (3rd, 2008; 1st, 2009; 1st, 2011)
  • Four-Time NCAA Qualifier (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Three-Time Big 12 Champion (2008, 149; 2009, 157; 2011, 165)
  • Outstanding Wrestler of 2008 Big 12 Championships
  • Midlands Champion (2011, 165)
  • 2011 Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler Award (Midlands Championship)
  • Nebraska Most Outstanding Wrestler (2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Four-time Big 12 Wrestler of the Week
  • 2011 Nebraska "Heart and Soul Award" winner
  • 2011 US Open Title (74 kg/163 pound)
  • 2011 World Team Member


2010-11 (Senior)

NCAA Championships
Looking to become the school's first two-time national champion, Burroughs left no doubt to who was the best wrestler in the country after his dominating performance at the NCAA Championships. Wrestling less than an hour away from his hometown of Sicklerville, N.J., Burroughs went unscathed through the 165-pound bracket by collecting five bonus-point victories in route to the championship. After opening the tournament with a technical fall victory over Pitt's Ethan Headlee and an injury default win over Justin Lister from Binghamton, Burroughs defeated three top 10 opponents in the last three rounds, including returning All-American No. 8 Scott Winston from Rutgers and Ohio State's Colt Sponseller, the fifth seed, in the semifinals.

Wrestling for the third time this season, Burroughs defeated Big 12 rival Tyler Caldwell from Oklahoma, 11-3, for the title. The two-time national champion finished the season with a 36-0 record, the second undefeated season of his storied career.

Big 12 Championships
Burroughs garnered the third Big 12 Championship of his career after defeating Chris Spangler from Iowa State in the semifinals, and Oklahoma's Tyler Caldwell in the tournament final in Ames, Iowa. In a rematch from the regular season between the countries top two wrestlers, Burroughs used a reversal with just over a minute left in the match to gain a 2-1 edge over Caldwell, after trailing for the majority of the match. In the semifinals, Burroughs defeated Spangler by major decision, 16-8.

Burroughs became only the second Nebraska wrestler to win three Big 12 titles and the only fifth Husker to win three conference titles in school history.

Regular Season
Returning from a knee injury that shelved him for all but seven matches the year before, Burroughs returned to the Husker lineup after being granted a medical redshirt to participate in his fifth season as a Husker. Burroughs began the regular season with a 165-pound open title at the Harold Nichols Classic in his first action back from injury.

Burroughs recorded bonus-point victories in his first 17 matches during the regular season, including a 23-7 technical fall victory over No. 6 Cody Yohn from Minnesota and a major decision over Cal Poly's Ryan DesRoches, who was ranked No. 15. The streak of bonus-point victories was broken in the finals of the Midlands Championships when Burroughs defeated returning national champion and No. 1 rated Andrew Howe from Wisconsin, 10-7, for the 165 pound title. The first place finish marked the first Midlands Champion for Nebraska since Brad Vering in 1999.

For his efforts at the Midlands Championships, Burroughs was awarded with the tournament's Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler award, while also receiving the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week award the following week. The Big 12 honor was his second during the season after being honored earlier in the year on Dec. 13.

The 165-pound division in the Big 12 conference was one of the deepest and most talented weight classes in the country, with four wrestlers finishing the regular season in the top 15. Burroughs toughest test came against Oklahoma's Tyler Caldwell, who entered the Jan. 28 match ranked No. 2 in the country. Burroughs was dominant in his victory over Caldwell, defeating him by a 7-3 count. On senior day, Burroughs treated the nearly 1,200 fans at the NU Coliseum to a 22-8 major decision victory over Iowa State's Chris Spangler in his last home match at Nebraska to finish the regular season with a 29-0 record.


2009-10 (Senior/Medical Redshirt)

Regular Season
Burroughs was off to a dominating 7-0 start with four bonus-point wins when his season came to a sudden end on Dec. 19 vs. Central Michigan. Wrestling No. 13 Steve Brown, Burroughs tore his left PCL and LCL in the first period. He finished the match, but dropped a 3-2 overtime decision that broke his streak of 44 consecutive wins. The injured Burroughs was ranked No. 1 at the time of the injury. In the first dual of the season, Burroughs pinned Wisconsin's Greg Burke in 25 seconds, the fastest fall by a Husker in the Big 12 era. He did not finish the Las Vegas Invitational due to a tooth injury that occurred during a first-round win.

2008-09 (Junior)
NCAA Championships
Burroughs posted a perfect 5-0 record to become Nebraska's 10th national champion. He picked up three bonus-point wins to start the tournament, earning a 23-7 technical fall over Clarion's Hadley Harrison, before pinning Purdue's Colton Salazar in 2:27. Burroughs earned his third major decision of the year against Iowa State's Cyler Sanderson, defeating him 14-6 in the quarterfinals. In semifinal action, Burroughs claimed another major decision with a 12-4 victory over third-seeded Gregor Gillespie of Edinboro and topped second-seeded and undefeated Michael Poeta of Illinois, 5-1, in the final for his first NCAA title.

Big 12 Championships
Burroughs claimed his second consecutive Big 12 title with a 16-6 major decision over Oklahoma State's Neil Erisman in the semifinals, and a 6-4 decision over Missouri's Michael Chandler in the final.

Regular Season
Burroughs' regular season was highlighted by his first-place showing at the Las Vegas Invitational that included wins over All-American J.P. O'Connor of Harvard and defending NCAA champion Jordan Leen of Cornell. Burroughs was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. He also posted several impressive victories at National Duals, notching three wins over ranked foes.

Burroughs broke the NU single-season dual takedown record for the second straight year with 117 in 19 duals. He averaged more than six takedowns per dual, while giving up just one (to Missouri's Michael Chandler).

Burroughs was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Month (November) and Big 12 Wrestler of the Week (Dec. 8), while leading the Huskers in every statistical category except pins. He had 15 major decisions, five technical falls, two pins and 17 wins over ranked foes.

2007-08 (Sophomore)
NCAA Championships
Burroughs' 5-1 record at the national tournament earned him a third-place finish and his first All-America award. Burroughs powered past Penn's Cesar Grajales 4-1 in the opening round, before rolling to a 21-5 technical fall over Gardner-Webb's Edward McCray in the second round.

Burroughs topped Michigan's Josh Churella 3-2 in the quarterfinals, but lost an 8-4 decision to eventual champion Brent Metcalf of Iowa in the semifinals. Burroughs came back with a 5-3 win over Harvard's J.P. O'Connor and defeated Churella again 4-2 to finish third.

Big 12 Championships
Top-seeded Burroughs had technical fall and major decision wins to claim his first career Big 12 title. He was also named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet.

Burroughs notched 10 takedowns and a three-point nearfall to earn a 24-9 technical fall over Oklahoma's Will Rowe in the semifinals. Burroughs added six more takedowns in a 15-6 major decision over Iowa State's Mitch Mueller.

Regular Season
With one of the best sophomore seasons in NU history, Burroughs finished with a 34-6 overall record. He ranks eighth on the top 10 list for wins by a Husker sophomore. He also set the school single-season record with 98 dual takedowns and surrendered just seven on the year. He led NU in major decisions (12), technical falls (8), dual points (59) and finished a perfect 8-0 against Big 12 opponents.

Burroughs opened the season with a 5-0 mark and first-place finish at the Cowboy Open, and followed with a second-place performance in the elite division of the Kaufman-Brand Open.

Burroughs asserted himself as an All-America contender with his 6-1 record at the Las Vegas Invite to place third. He notched three wins over ranked opponents, including then-second ranked Josh Churella of Michigan.

Burroughs started all 17 of NU's duals and finished with a 14-3 record. His three losses all came to opponents ranked in the top four.

2006-07 (Freshman)
NCAA Championships
Burroughs went 1-2 in his first career trip to the NCAA Championships. No. 1 national seed Dustin Schlatter of Minnesota defeated Burroughs in the first round, 3-1. Burroughs stayed alive with a dominant 8-2 win over Columbia's Matthew Dunn, but was eliminated in a 6-1 four-overtime loss to Matt Storniolo of Oklahoma.

Big 12 Championships
Burroughs earned a third-place finish that started with a  first-round win over B.J. Jackson of Oklahoma State, 3-1. After a 7-3 loss to No. 2 Matt Storniolo of Oklahoma in the semifinals, Burroughs clinched a bid to nationals with a 16-6 major decision over No. 14 Josh Wagner of Missouri.

Regular Season
Burroughs became NU's starter midway through the season and solidified his spot with a strong finish to the regular season. He won his last three matches, including a pair of bonus-point wins.

Burroughs started the season at 141 pounds, but after a 1-2 showing at the Harold Nichols Open, he moved to 149 and won 12 of his 17 matches. His success at 149 pounds started at the Kaufman-Brand Open, when he finished fourth with a 6-2 showing in the amateur bracket.

Burroughs made his first start for NU at 149 pounds on Jan. 5, losing a narrow 8-6 decision to Derek Kipperberg of Oregon State. Burroughs followed with a 2-2 performance at the Glen Brand Open in Omaha on Jan. 20.

Burroughs earned his first career dual win in a 10-5 triumph over Oklahoma State's T.J. Jackson that gave Nebraska an opportunity to win its dual with the Cowboys in the final match. After back-to-back losses to two of the top three 149-pounders in the nation, Burroughs finished the regular season by winning three straight, including a technical fall win over Jeff Santo of Lehigh and a major decision win over Rob Histschler of Penn.

Before Nebraska
Burroughs won the 2006 New Jersey state title at 135 pounds to cap a 35-2 senior season and a 115-20 career at Winslow Township High School. Burroughs, ranked seventh in the nation among 135-pound high school wrestlers by Intermat, was a three-time district champion and a two-time regional champion for Head Coach Rick Koss.

Personal
Jordan was born on July 8, 1988, in Camden, N.J. He has two sisters, Princess and Jenerra, and one brother, Leroy. Jordan is the son of Leroy and Janice Burroughs. Jordan is a sociology major at Nebraska.

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