Burroughs, Green, Maple Named to World Cup Team
USA Wrestling announced this week that former Husker greats Jordan Burroughs (74 kg/163 pounds) and James Green (70 kg/154 pounds) and Nebraska Assistant Coach Kendric Maple (61 kg/134 pounds) have been named to the 2018 U.S. Men's Freestyle World Cup Team which will compete at the 2018 Freestyle World Cup, held April 7-8 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic champion and four-time World champion, will be competing in the Freestyle World Cup for a sixth time in his career. He has never lost in 23 World Cup matches, and has been recognized as an individual World Cup champion in each of his appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017). A two-time NCAA champion and three-time All-American for Nebraska, Burroughs continues to live and train in Lincoln at the Nebraska Wrestling Training Center.
Green is a two-time World medalist, earning a silver medal at last year's World Championships. He is named to a World Cup roster for a third time in his career, as he has competed in each of the last two editions of the tournament. He has posted a 7-1 record in his last two appearances. A four-time All-American for Nebraska, Green also lives and trains in Lincoln at the NWTC.
Maple, in his first year as an assistant coach at Nebraska, will compete on a World Cup squad for the first time. He was the 2017 U.S. Open champion, and placed second at last year's World Team Trials, held at the Devaney Center in Lincoln. Maple was an NCAA champion and a three-time All-American at Oklahoma, and in addition to his coaching duties with Nebraska, trains with the NWTC.
The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championship, and will feature the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world. The USA will compete in Pool A against the nations of Japan, Georgia, and Iran. Pool B consists of teams from Russia, Azerbaijan, Cuba, and Kazakhstan. Iran is the defending World Cup team champions.