News ID: 301844
Published: 0211 GMT April 04, 2021

Burroughs out of Olympics after defeat at US wrestling trials

Burroughs out of Olympics after defeat at US wrestling trials
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Kyle Dake (R) consoles Jordan Burroughs after beating him in a freestyle 74kg match at the US Olympic Wrestling Trials at Dickies Arena, Fort Worth, TX, US, on April 3, 2021.

Kyle Dake ended Jordan Burroughs’ decade of dominance in American wrestling, making the Olympics for the first time with a sweep in the men’s freestyle 74kg finals at the US Olympic Wrestling Trials.

Dake posted 3-0 and 3-2 decisions over the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion who had dominated his weight division.

As time ran out in their second bout, Dake patted a stunned Burroughs on the shoulders and chest and put his arm around his neck.

“I just thanked him,” Dake said. “I told him I appreciated him. He’s pushed me to levels that I did know I had in myself. There were a lot of times I wasn’t coming out with the victory and that was tough. He’s a great champion, and my goal is to bring home an Olympic gold medal. Tokyo, here we come.”

Kyle Snyder will defend his gold medal at 97kg in men’s freestyle after 10-0 and 5-1 decisions over Kollin Moore. As a 20-year-old in 2016, Snyder became the youngest American wrestler to win Olympic gold.

Burroughs, 32, had represented the US at the world championships or Olympics every year since 2011.

“It just sets in that a run is over for me,” he said. “It’s hard. It will be hard for a while. There’s always more things you can do that you reflect on. I’ll lean on my family and God’s grace and move on with confidence and hope the future is bright for me.”

Burroughs gave no indication he planned to retire.

“I’ve got a lot to think about moving forward,” he said. “At this moment you take it all in stride and try to continue to be confident in your abilities.”

Meanwhile, J’den Cox, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time world champion, said he was working on an appeal to USA Wrestling after being disqualified from trials for not making weight Friday. He said legal action also was being considered.

Cox told NBC his coach, Kevin Jackson, told him the wrong time for weigh-ins. Cox was to compete in men’s freestyle at 97kg.

“If you’ve ever seen me wrestle or heard about my life,” Cox said, “I’m all about the fight. If you want a brawl, then we can do it.”

 

 

   
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