Asics America signed American World Champion freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs. Most recently, Burroughs earned Gold at the 2011 Pan America Games in Guadalajara, Mexico at 74 kilograms (163 pounds).
Burroughs, 23, has been on a winning streak as of late, with five consecutive wins including the 2011 World Wrestling Championships in Instanbul, Turkey in September and US World Team Trials in Oklahoma City in June. He is the first World Champion to make the United States World Team since 2006.
Originally from Camden, NJ, Burroughs began to excel in wrestling while at Winslow Township High School. He went on to wrestle for the University of Nebraska where he continued to build momentum, earning three NCAA Big 12 Titles (2008, 2009, 2011) and two NCAA National Championships (2009, 2011).
Burroughs' next big challenge will be the Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City at the end of April 2012 where he hopes to garner a spot at the 2012 London Games.
“We are honored to add Jordan to our exceptional roster of Asics athletes,” says Asics Vice President of Marketing Erik Forsell. “He is young, dynamic and hungry for success. As a role model for younger wrestlers and an ambassador for the sport of wrestling, we expect Jordan to have a bright future.”
Burroughs joins 2004 Olympic Gold Medal Wrestler Cael Sanderson on the Asics team. Sanderson, who recently returned from retirement to win the US World Team Trials at 84 kg (185 lbs), was undefeated (159-0) during four years of collegiate wrestling at Iowa State University. He will also vie for a spot in the 2012 London Games.
Additional Asics wrestlers include: Jake Herbert (84 kg/185 lbs), Jake Varner (96 kg/211.5 lbs), Tervel Dlagnev (120 kg/264.5 lbs) and Helen Maroulis (55 kg/121 lbs).