67-0! Jordan Burroughs' international winning streak is longest in U.S. history

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Craig Sesker (USA Wrestling)

It all started with a 36-second period fall over Bobby Nash in the opening round of the 2011 U.S. Open in Cleveland.

The last five victories, at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, came less than a month after he suffered a broken ankle.

In between, there have been victories over 10 different Russians, including two over two-time World champion Denis Tsargush. He’s also defeated Olympic silver and bronze medalists along with World silver and bronze medalists.

He owns wins over wrestlers from 22 different countries en route to capturing two World titles and an Olympic gold medal at 74 kg/163 lbs.

The 67-match international winning streak of the remarkable Jordan Burroughs, the longest in American history, is definitely a thing of beauty.

Burroughs owns freestyle wins over wrestlers from virtually every corner of the planet, including victories over athletes from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

He has earned wins over six NCAA champions, including two Hodge Trophy winners, at the Senior level.

Burroughs has won with the old rules and he’s won with the new international rules which were implemented by FILA midway through 2013. He’s won matches in New York City and Los Angeles while also prevailing in places like London, Istanbul, Budapest, Havana, Minsk, Baku and Tehran.

He’s only 25, but Burroughs has won freestyle titles in 11 different countries at the Senior level in just three seasons of competition.

Burroughs has won the last 103 times he’s stepped on the mat after going 36-0 while winning his second NCAA title in 2011 as a senior at Nebraska.

And his impressive run is not done yet. Burroughs plans to compete through the end of this Olympic cycle in 2016.


2011 – 20-0

U.S. Open, Cleveland, Ohio
1-WIN Bobby Nash (Michigan WC), fall 0:36
2-WIN Lloyd Rogers (Hawkeye WC), 3-0, 8-0
3-WIN Kirk White (Bronco WC), 4-2, 3-2
4-WIN Nick Marable (Sunkist Kids), 0-3, 1-0, 3-0

Beat the Streets Dual, New York, N.Y.
5-WIN Aniuar Geduev (Russia), 1-0, 2-1

U.S. World Team Trials, Oklahoma City, Okla.
6-WIN Andrew Howe (New York AC), 1-0, 1-2, 3-2
7-WIN Andrew Howe (New York AC), 3-1, 1-0

Ukrainian Memorial International, Kiev, Ukraine
8-WIN Ilgiz Jakupbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
9-WIN Zelim Perisayev (Russia), 3-1, 4-0
10-WIN Giya Chikhladze (Ukraine), 2-1, 5-0
11-WIN Musa Martazaliev (Armenia), 1-0, 4-1
12-WIN Alibek Agbayev (Russia), 3-1, 6-0

World Championships, Istanbul, Turkey
13-WIN Dmytro Rochniak (Ukraine), 3-1, 4-2
14-WIN Denis Tsargush (Russia), 1-3, 1-0, 2-1
15-WIN Ricardo Moreno (Venezuela), 2-1, 1-0
16-WIN Ashraf Aliyev (Azerbaijan), 0-1, 5-4, 3-0
17-WIN Sadegh Goudarzi (Iran), 3-2, 4-1

Pan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico
18-WIN Jose Mercado (Ecuador), 7-0, 6-0
19-WIN Ricardo Roberty (Venezuela), 2-1, 1-1
20-WIN Yunierki Blanco (Cuba), 3-2, 3-2

2012 – 20-0

Dave Schultz Memorial International, Colorado Springs, Colo.
21-WIN Kohei Kitamura (Japan), 1-0, 3-0
22-WIN Carmelo Lumia (Italy), fall 2-0, 0:48
23-WIN Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov (Brickhouse WC), 5-1, 2-0
24-WIN Tyler Caldwell (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 1-0
25-WIN Trent Paulson (Sunkist Kids), 1-0, 6-0

Cerro Pelado International, Havana, Cuba
26-WIN Ivan Llano (Argentina), 7-0, 6-0
27-WIN Nick Marable (USA), 1-0, 1-1
28-WIN Trent Paulson (USA), 2-1, 5-1

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Iowa City, Iowa
29-WIN Andrew Howe (New York AC), 4-2, 1-2, 1-0
30-WIN Andrew Howe (New York AC), injury default

World Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan
31-WIN Ammet Gadzimagomedov (Russia)
32-WIN Sohsuke Takatani (Japan), 4-5, 3-1, 3-2
33-WIN Demirsin Batuhan (Turkey)
34-WIN Sadegh Goudarzi (Iran)
35-WIN Davit Khutsishvili (Georgia)

Beat the Streets Dual, New York, N.Y.
36-WIN Kamel Malikov (Russia), 8-0, 5-0

Olympic Games, London, England
37-WIN Francisco Soler (Puerto Rico), 4-0, 6-0
38-WIN Matt Gentry (Canada), 2-1, 1-1
39-WIN Denis Tsargush (Russia), 3-1, 0-2, 2-1
40-WIN Sadegh Goudarzi (Iran), 1-0, 1-0

2013 – 27-0

World Cup, Tehran, Iran
41-WIN Jakob Makarashvili (Georgia), 3-0, 2-1
42-WIN Sohsuke Takatani (Japan), 2-0, 7-1
43-WIN Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei (Iran), 4-0, 2-0
44-WIN Stefanov Kirov (Bulgaria), 7-0, 6-0
45-WIN Ali Shabanau (Belarus), 1-1, 5-0

Alexander Medved International, Minsk, Belarus
46-WIN Colt Sponseller (USA)
47-WIN Ablaikhan Mursultanov (Kazakhstan)
48-WIN Andri Nagornyi (Ukraine)
49-WIN Magomed Zubairov (Russia)
50-WIN Dmitry Rochnyak (Ukraine)

U.S. Open, Las Vegas, Nevada
51-WIN Joe Latham (NWRTC), 6-0, 6-0
52-WIN Nate Carr (Cavalier WC) 2-0, 6-0
53-WIN Colt Sponseller (New York AC), 1-0, 4-0
54-WIN David Taylor (Nittany Lion WC), 3-1, 1-0

Rumble on the Rails, New York, N.Y.
55-WIN Saba Khubezhty (Russia), 1-1, 5-0, 7-3

United 4 Wrestling, Los Angeles, Calif.
56-WIN Saba Khubetzhty (Russia), 14-3

U.S. World Team Trials, Stillwater, Okla.
57-WIN Kyle Dake (Titan Mercury WC), 7-0
58-WIN Kyle Dake (Titan Mercury WC), 9-6 OT

Stepan Sargsyan International, Vanadzor, Armenia
59-WIN Giorgi Sanodze (Georgia), tech. fall, 8-0
60-WIN Gevorg Hambarcumyan (Armenia), tech. fall, 10-3
61-WIN Stanislav Khachirov (Russia), tech. fall, 9-1
62-WIN Akamaz Sanakoev (Russia), 7-6

World Championships, Budapest, Hungary
63-WIN Gamid Dzhalilov (Tajikistan), tech. fall, 9-2 (3:44)
64-WIN Narsingh Yadav (India), tech. fall, 7-0 (3:41)
65-WIN Jabrayil Hassanov (Azerbaijan), tech. fall 7-0 (5:06)
66-WIN Ali Shabanau (Belarus), disqualification (5:19)
67-WIN Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei (Iran), 4-0