Jordan Burroughs won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London
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Beyond Nebraska

By NU Athletic Communications

Huskers In The Olympics

Nebraska wrestlers have enjoyed success during their collegiate years, but quite a few have continued their careers on the international level and also achieved lofty accomplishments there. NU wrestling was especially in the spotlight during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where two former Huskers, Rulon Gardner and Matt Lindland, proudly competed for the United States.
 
Gardner, a 1993 All-American at Nebraska, pulled off one of the most remarkable upsets in sports history. Gardner captured the attention of the nation with his dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over previously undefeated Alexander Karelin of Russia to take the Greco-Roman heavyweight gold medal. Gardner was a two-year letterwinner for the Huskers and posted a collegiate career of 58-15-2 while at Nebraska.
 
Lindland, a 1993 Big 12 champion for the Huskers, was equally as impressive in Sydney, earning a silver medal at the 76 kilogram (167.5 pound) weight class of the Greco-Roman division. Lindland was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers, compiling a career record of 60-15.
 
Two-time NCAA champion Jordan Burroughs won the freestyle gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He defeated Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi to win at 163 pounds. In addition, Burroughs has captured World titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. He also wrestled at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
 
Below is the complete list of Nebraska wrestlers that have competed in the Olympics, including the weight and division they competed in.
Year Wrestler Division Weight Place
1960 Dan Brand Freestyle Light Hwt 5th
1964 Dan Brand Freestyle Middleweight Bronze
1988 Bill Scherr Freestyle 100 kg Bronze
1988 Jim Scherr Freestyle 90 kg 5th
2000 Rulon Gardner Greco-Roman 130 kg Gold
2000 Matt Lindland Greco-Roman 76 kg Silver
2004 Rulon Gardner Greco-Roman 120 kg Bronze
2004 Brad Vering Greco-Roman 84 kg 11th
2008 Brad Vering Greco-Roman 84 kg DNP
2012 Jordan Burroughs Freestyle 74 kg Gold
2016 Jordan Burroughs Freestyle 74 kg 9th

   

NU at the International Level

Nebraska wrestlers have enjoyed success during their collegiate years, but quite a few have continued their careers on the international level and also achieved lofty accomplishments there. Huskers have won 22 medals at the World Championships, including titles by Bill Scherr in 1986, Rulon Gardner in 2001 and Jordan Burroughs in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Brad Vering was named the 2007 Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling after his silver medal performance at the 2007 FILA World Championships. Listed below are achievements Nebraska wrestlers have attained in international competition, including the weight they competed in.

World Championships

Year

Wrestler

Division

Weight

Place

1961

Dan Brand

Freestyle

87 kg

4th

Dan Brand

Greco-Roman

87 kg

5th

1962

Dan Brand

Greco-Roman

97 kg

Bronze

1963

Jim Raschke

Greco-Roman

HWT

Bronze

1966

Jim Raschke

Greco-Roman

HWT

DNP

1985

Bill Scherr

Freestyle

90 kg

Gold

1986

Bill Scherr

Freestyle

100 kg

Silver

 

Jim Scherr

Freestyle

90 kg

Bronze

1987

Jim Scherr

Freestyle

90 kg

Silver

Bill Scherr

Freestyle

100 kg

Bronze

1989

Bill Scherr

Freestyle

100 kg

Silver

 

Jim Scherr

Freestyle

90 kg

Silver

1997

Rulon Gardner

Greco-Roman

130 kg

5th

Tony Purler

Freestyle

58 kg

10th

Matt Lindland

Greco-Roman

76 kg

DNP

1998

Matt Lindland

Greco-Roman

76 kg

6th

Tony Purler

Freestyle

58 kg

11th

1999

Matt Lindland

Greco-Roman

76 kg

DNP

2001

Rulon Gardner

Greco-Roman

130 kg

Gold

 

Matt Lindland

Greco-Roman

85 kg

Silver

2002

Brad Vering

Greco-Roman

84 kg

5th

2003

Brad Vering

Greco-Roman

84 kg

5th

Rulon Gardner

Greco-Roman

120 kg

10th

Justin Ruiz

Greco-Roman

96 kg

DNP

2005

Justin Ruiz

Greco-Roman

96 kg

Bronze

 

Tolly Thompson

Freestyle

120 kg

Bronze

Brad Vering

Greco-Roman

84 kg

DNP

2006

Justin Ruiz

Greco-Roman

96 kg

DNP

Tolly Thompson

Freestyle

120 kg

DNP

2007

Brad Vering

Greco-Roman

84 kg

Silver

Justin Ruiz

Greco-Roman

96 kg

DNP

2010 Justin Ruiz Greco-Roman 96 kg 5th
2011 Jordan Burroughs Freestyle 74 kg Gold
Justin Ruiz Greco-Roman 96 kg DNP
2013 Jordan Burroughs Freestyle 74 kg Gold
2014 Jordan Burroughs Freestyle 74 kg Bronze
2015 Jordan Burroughs Freestyle 74 kg Gold
  James Green Freestyle 70 kg Bronze
2017 Jordan Burroughs Freestyle 74 kg Gold
James Green Freestyle 70 kg Silver
2018 James Green Freestyle 70 kg DNP
Jordan Burroughs Freestyle 74 kg Bronze

World Cup Champions

Year Wrestler Weight
1986 Jim Scherr (Individual - FS) 82 kg
1989 Jim Scherr (Individual - FS) 90 kg
  Bill Scherr (Individual - FS) 100 kg
1996 Matt Lindland (Individual - FS) 74 kg
  Rulon Gardner (Individual - GR) 130 kg
2012 Jordan Burroughs (Individual - FS) 74 kg
2013 Jordan Burroughs (Individual - FS) 74 kg
2014 Jordan Burroughs (Individual - FS) 74 kg
2015 Jordan Burroughs (Individual - FS) 74 kg
2017 Jordan Burroughs (Individual - FS) 74 kg
2018 Jordan Burroughs (Individual and Team - FS) 74 kg
James Green (Team - FS) 70 kg

Note: Nebraska Assistant Coach Kendric Maple (2017-present) was a member of the championship-winning United States team at the 2018 Freestyle World Cup at 61 kg.

Pan-American Champions

Year Wrestler Weight
1994 Matt Lindland (FS) 74 kg
1996 Ryan Tobin (FS) 90 kg
1999 Matt Lindland (GR) 76 kg
2011 Jordan Burroughs (FS) 74 kg
2015 Jordan Burroughs (FS) 74 kg
2017 James Green (FS) 70 kg
2018 James Green (FS) 70 kg

Goodwill Games

Year Wrestler Weight Place
1990 Bill Scherr 100 kg 1st
  Jim Scherr 90 kg 2nd

Note: Nebraska Assistant Coach Brad Penrith (1992-97) finished third at 57 kg at the 1994 Goodwill Games.

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