2011 U.S. Men’s Freestyle World Championship Performances

Posted: 7th October 2011 by Generals Wrestling in Uncategorized

Team Score
1 Russia, 43
2 Iran, 41
3 United States, 38

55 kg/121 lbs. – Nick Simmons, Corvallis, Ore. (Sunkist Kids) – 5th

60 kg/132 lbs. – Reece Humphrey, Columbus, Ohio (New York AC) – 9th

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Teyon Ware, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC) – dnp

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids) – WORLD CHAMPION!!!

84 kg/185 lbs. –
Cael Sanderson, State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC) – 5th

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Jake Varner State College, Pa. (Nittany Lion WC) – 3rd

120 kg/264.5 lbs. – Tervel Dlagnev, Columbus, Ohio (Sunkist Kids) – 5th 


“It’s an amazing feeling right now,” Burroughs said. “A lot of people doubted that I could even make the team this year. I am here, and I did it. I am feeling really good right now.”

Burroughs, 23, competing in his first Senior World Championships, becomes the first U.S. World champion in freestyle since Bill Zadick in 2006. Burroughs competes at 74 kg/163 lbs.

“It felt amazing to be out there. Iran has an amazing crowd,” Burroughs said. “I didn’t want them to get involved, so I did my part and stayed with my offense. I felt good. I did some scrambling finally in a freestyle match. My coach told me not to reach between the legs. This time, that paid off and I got two points.”

The win by Burroughs also clinched third place for the U.S. in the team race. The U.S. finished with 38 points. Russia won the title with 43 points and Iran was second with 41. The U.S. made a quantum leap from last year where it finished 22nd with five points.

By Craig Sesker USA Wrestling
09/27/2011