Jordan Burroughs defeated Frank Chamizo, 6-5, in a battle of World Champions on Thursday.
Photo by Andy Wenstrand/Nebraska Athletics

Burroughs Rallies to Defeat Chamizo at Beat the Streets

By NU Athletic Communications

New York City - Olympic and World Champion Jordan Burroughs battled back from an early 4-0 deficit with a second-period scoring barrage to take out two-time World Champion Frank Chamizo of Italy, 8-5, on Thursday at Beat the Streets New York.

Chamizo scored first with a pair of takedowns to take a 4-0 lead. Burroughs got on the board with a takedown of his own to cut the deficit to just two at the break. Chamizo scored a step-out point early in the second period, but Burroughs responded with a takedown with just less than a minute left in the match to cut the deficit to 5-4. He went up 6-5 with a double-leg takedown, before he scored another two to give him the final margin.

The "Super Match" was contested at 74 kg/163 pounds. The match came to be as a result of a social media exchange between the two world champions after a match in the NCAA wrestling season featured top-ranked Seth Gross of South Dakota State moving up a weight class to face top-ranked Bryce Meredith of Wyoming in a dual meet in January. Burroughs was the 2017 UWW World Champion at 74 kg/163 pounds, while Chamizo won the 70 kg/154 pounds weight class at the World Championships.

World Silver Medalist James Green was a winner in his 70 kg/154 pounds match against Cuba's Franklin Maren Castillo by a score of 2-1. Green was called for a caution to give the first point to Castillo, but rebounded with a first-period step out, and then scored after Castillo was unable to score on an activity clock.

Both Burroughs and Green are set to wrestle for a spot on Team USA for the 2018 World Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at Final X Lincoln on June 9. The event starts at 6 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at Huskers.com/tickets.

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