- Brandon Cain
Jordan Burroughs will compete for U.S. World Team spot at Final X on June 10
The 2012 Olympic champion and six-time World champion will wrestle in his 11th Beat the Streets Annual Benefit event.
2012 Olympic champion and six-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Sunkist Kids/Pennsylvania RTC) has officially accepted his berth in Final X. He will battle for the 79 kg spot on the 2023 U.S. World Team in men’s freestyle wrestling in Final X, presented by Tezos, on Saturday, June 10 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Final X will determine the 2023 U.S. Senior World Teams in all three Olympic disciplines: men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. There will be 30 weight classes contested, 10 in each Olympic discipline. The top two U.S. athletes in each weight class will compete in a best-of-three series in Final X to determine who will wrestle at the 2023 Senior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
Burroughs is one of the most successful wrestlers in world history. The seven World and Olympic gold medals Burroughs has won are the most by any American. His six World Championships titles are the most of any U.S. male wrestler and tied with women’s freestyle star Adeline Gray. Burroughs won World gold medals in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2021 and 2023. He is also a three-time World bronze medalist (2014, 2018, 2019). Burroughs is a two-time Olympian, competing in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. He won two NCAA titles and the Dan Hodge Trophy for the University of Nebraska.
A native of Sicklerville, N.J., Burroughs won a 2006 New Jersey state title for Winslow Township High School. One of the Garden State’s greatest Olympic athletes, Burroughs will be competing for a U.S. World Team berth in his home state for the first time.
It is the second straight year Final X will serve as the Beat the Streets New York Annual Benefit. This year’s event will be the 13th BTSNY Annual Benefit. These unique and electrifying annual events help BTSNY raise more than $1 million each year to support local youth wrestling programs which empower young people in New York City. The BTSNY Annual Benefit after-party will follow the conclusion of Final X.
Benefit tickets and sponsorship packages (wrestling event plus exclusive after-party celebration access), that also provide the best wrestling-event seats, are available at give.btsny.org/beatthestreetsbenefit2023. For more information on ticket packages, email Katrin Pokalyukhin at email@example.com.
Event-only tickets for Final X without access to the BTSNY after-party celebration will be available next Monday, April 10 at noon (ET) on Ticketmaster.
The Team Selection procedures for the U.S. World Teams in each style allows for 2022 Senior World medalists to advance directly to Final X at a specified weight class. Burroughs has met this requirement and accepted his qualification.
The Final X opponent for Burroughs will be determined at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas, Nev., April 26-30. The champion in men’s freestyle at 79 kg at the U.S. Open will qualify to face Burroughs in Final X.
This will be the 11th time that Burroughs has competed in a BTSNY Annual Benefit event, the most of any wrestler. His most recent BTSNY victory was in 2022 Final X New York in a best-of-three series over Chance Marsteller at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
USA Wrestling will announce each of the 2022 Senior World medalists who have accepted their Final X berth during the next few weeks.
FloWrestling will serve as the host broadcasting partner for Final X, presented by Tezos.
*Please note if Prudential Center's tenant, New Jersey Devils, hosts a Stanley Cup Final game on June 10 the contingency date for Final X would be Friday, June 9.
FINAL X, presented by Tezos
At Prudential Center, Newark, N.J., Saturday, June 10
Declared Qualifiers to date
Men’s Freestyle 79 kg – Jordan Burroughs (Philadelphia, Pa./Sunkist Kids/Pennsylvania RTC) vs. winner at 2023 U.S. Open
Residence: Philadelphia, Pa.
Club: Sunkist Kids WC
Regional Training Center: Pennsylvania RTC
College: University of Nebraska (2007-2011)
High School: Atco, N.J. (Winslow Township)
Born: July 8, 1988
· Olympic Champion (2012)
· Six-time World champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2021, 2022)
· Three-time World bronze medalist (2014, 2018, 2019)
· Nine-time World Team member (2011, 2013-2015, 2017-19, 2021, 2022)
· Two-time U.S. Olympic Team member (2012, 2016)
· Three-time Pan American Games champion (2011, 2015, 2019)
· Three-time U.S. Open champion (2011, 2013, 2014)
· Five-time Pan American champion (2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2022)
· Two-time NCAA champion for Nebraska (2009, 2011)
· Dan Hodge Trophy winner, as nation’s top college wrestler (2011)
Burroughs' Beat the Streets Annual Benefit History (11-1 record)
2011: Aniuar Geduev (Russia), WIN, 1-0, 2-1
2012: Kamel Malikov (Russia), WIN, 8-0, 5-0
2013: Saba Khubezhty (Russia), WIN, 1-1, 5-0, 7-3
2014: Atsamaz Sanakoev (Russia), WIN, Fall
2015: Luis Quintana (Cuba), WIN, Fall
2016: Peyman Yarahmadi (Iran), WIN 11-2
2017: Sosuke Takatani (Japan), WIN, 9-2
2018: Frank Chamizo (Italy), WIN, 6-5
2019: Ben Askren (USA), WIN, 11-0 Technical Fall
2022: Chance Marsteller (USA), match one, WIN, 4-0
2022: Chance Marsteller (USA), match two, LOSS, 2-2
2022: Chance Marsteller (USA), match three, WIN 5-0