April 18, 2016 |
W hen Jordan Burroughs looked at his name high on the wall of the gymnasium, he also saw two numbers. One was his career wins: 115. One was his career losses: 20. Back at Winslow Township High School for an informal meet-and-greet on Tuesday night, Burroughs joked about his victory total, which places him about 175th on South Jersey's all-time list. "I thought I had more," Burroughs said with a smile. But it's the other number that underlines the lesson that Burroughs' astounding post-high school success provides for other wrestlers, and for athletes in other sports.
April 14, 2016 |
Jordan Burroughs looked high on the wall of the Winslow Township High School gymnasium. "I thought," Burroughs said with a smile, "I had more wins than that. " The green-and-white banner hanging in the place where Burroughs first burst onto the scene in his chosen sport noted that the future Olympic gold medalist won 115 bouts as an Eagles wrestler. He also lost 20 times. "I wrestled on that 'W,' " Burroughs told a crowd of several hundred people during an informal meet-and-greet Wednesday night.
April 12, 2016 |
IOWA CITY, Iowa - This is how scary a wrestler three-time world champion Jordan Burroughs has become: The two highest-ranked competitors in his weight class, 163 pounds, jumped up one class at the U.S. Olympic team trials to avoid him. Last year's world medal earned Burroughs, of Sicklerville and Winslow Township High in Camden County, an automatic berth in Sunday night's best-of-three trials championship series at the University of Iowa. That advantage helped Burroughs, the defending Olympic champion, rout Andrew Howe in a rematch of 2012 trials finalists, 9-3 and 10-0.
October 12, 2015 |
Mark Manchio says he always took "calculated risks" on the wrestling mat. That's the thing about truly gifted athletes. They're not just stronger, quicker, and more skilled than the Average Joe. They think differently, too. Manchio, who will be inducted into the Sterling High School athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 25, might have been the "best" wrestler in South Jersey history. He's the only one to appear in four state finals and he's one of just three to capture three state titles.
July 23, 2015 |
Jordan Burroughs is nose deep in his four-year preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. On Saturday, the wrestler from Sicklerville, N.J., won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games and will train for more than a month in Nebraska before the world championships in Las Vegas start Sept. 7. There's always another match, and the preparation rarely stops. Nineteen days ago, he did take a break from the mat for a trip to Philadelphia, where he started making appearances at 7 a.m. When he finally sat down for breakfast with two representatives from Liberty Mutual on South Broad Street at 9:30, Burroughs looked down at a blue felt case with "London 2012 Summer Olympics" engraved on it. Inside the case is what pulled him from TV appearance to TV appearance on that day. It's what has turned his life into an unending series of calculated steps.
July 7, 2014 |
David Taylor was competing with something important on the line, which is exactly how he likes it. But in the match for the 165-pound Big Ten wrestling championship in March, he found himself in a position wrestlers try very hard to avoid. "The guy got behind me and lifted me off the ground," Taylor said. "In wrestling, when your feet are off the ground, you're in some trouble. " It was an unexpected predicament because Taylor was wrestling for his fourth straight conference title.
September 8, 2013 |
Jordan Burroughs knows he can only do so much, but he is trying hard not to lose. Jordan Burroughs hates losing. He can still remember what it feels like, eight years later. It's a boy crying under the bleachers, alone so no one can see his shame. It's lying on the side of a mat in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. It's letting your opponent escape in the final seconds of the state championship bout. He vowed to never let that happen again. Burroughs was 17 then, wrestling as a junior for Winslow Township High School in 2005.
June 23, 2013
Danish driver Allan Simonsen died following a crash Saturday at France's 24 Hours of Le Mans in the first driver fatality at the high-speed endurance event since 1997. His Aston Martin spun at high speed and skidded into the barrier at the Tertre Rouge corner about 10 minutes into the race. Sebastien Enjolras lost his life in prequalifying in 1997. The last driver fatality in the 24-hour race itself was Jo Gartner in 1986. Two-time champion Wolf Silvester , 55, died of an apparent heart attack during the German VLN Endurance Racing Championship in Nuerburg.
June 22, 2013
The American Athletic Conference announced that the Owls' conference opener with Houston on Sept. 7 will air on ESPN Regional. Kickoff is set for noon at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple's nonconference home contest with Fordham at Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 14 will kick off at 1 p.m. (ESPN3). Temple's game at Rutgers on Nov. 2 (ESPN Regional) will kick off at noon. Rutgers' 2013 season-opener Aug. 29 at Fresno State will be televised on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. WRESTLING: Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs of Sicklerville beat four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake, 7-0, 8-6, in the U.S. World Team Trials at 74 kilograms (163.14 pounds)
March 11, 2013 |
WITH THE TITLE of Olympic gold medalist under his belt, it's safe to say 24-year-old Jordan Burroughs has reached the pinnacle of wrestling. But, as freestyle wrestling is now on the Olympic chopping block, it's quite possible Burroughs might go down as one of the last wrestlers to ever reach that height. Although the sport will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee executive board voted last month to eliminate wrestling for 2020.