Why Did Former Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs Not Qualify for Olympics?

Published 07/15/2021, 10:28 AM EDT


Jordan Burroughs, the 5-time World, and Olympic Champion got swept by Kyle Dake 3-0 and 3-2 at the US Olympic trials. This stunning upset has put an end to the decade-long dominance of Jordan Burroughs in wrestling at 74kg.

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Since 2011, no athlete other than Jordan Burroughs has represented the US at 74kg at any international tournament. 

USA’s Jordan Ernest Burroughs (red) reacts as he wrestles with Russia’s Aniuar Geduev in their men’s 74kg freestyle quarter-final match on August 19, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. / AFP / Jack GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Five years ago Injuries plagued Kyle Dake, and he was ready to retire, qualifying for the Olympics marks an incredible comeback from the lowest point in his professional career.

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Sweeping Jordan Burroughs

Going into the match against Burroughs, Kyle Dake was 1-7 against the Olympic gold medalist. Dake pushed Burroughs out of bounds within the first ten seconds to earn his first point. Burroughs then tried his signature double leg takedown but to no avail. 

Dake scored two more points and held on to win the first game 3-0. In the 2nd game, Dake lost points for passivity and still went on to win 3-2. 

An American had swept Jordan Burroughs for the first time post-2011. After the match, a stunned Jordan Burroughs sat on his knees as Dake patted his shoulders and chest and spoke in his ear. 

“I just thanked him, told him I appreciated him,” Dake said. “He’s pushed me to levels I didn’t know I had in myself.” 

Kyle Dake is confident going into Tokyo 2020

The 4-time NCAA Champion feels very confident going into the Tokyo Olympics. Dake feels like he is in his prime ever since changing his fitness and workout regime after being plagued with injuries.

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IOWA CITY, IOWA – APRIL 10: Kyle Dake competes in the 86kg freestyle quarterfinal match against Richard Perry during day 2 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 10, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kyle Dake beat Italy’s Frank Chamizo, the bronze medalist at Rio 2016. Dake feels his regimented lifestyle and training give him an edge over all his opponents. 

He gives himself certain milestones to achieve during training before going into any competition or tournament. The shot at winning gold has been a long time coming for Kyle Dake.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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