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Jordan Burroughs of the USA with his gold medal and trophy for 74 kg. Three-time Olympic champion Buvaisa Saitiev of Russia is in the foreground.

MINSK, Belarus – World and Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal at 74 kg/163 lbs. on the first day of the Alexander Medved International on Friday.

Burroughs won five matches on the way to the gold medal, defeating Dmitry Rochnyak of Ukraine in the finals.

He opened with a victory over American teammate Colt Sponseller in the first round. In order, Burroughs knocked off Ablaikhan Mursultanov of Kazakhstan, Andri Nagornyi of Ukraine and Magomed Zubairov of Russia in a row to qualify for the finals.

Burroughs, the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion, remains unbeaten in his career on the Senior level in freestyle, running his record to an amazing 48-0 since coming on the scene after his college career ended in the spring of 2011.

Capturing a silver medal for the USA at 60 kg/132 lbs. was Jimmy Kennedy, a 2012 University World Team member. Kennedy fell to Rustam Abdurashidov of Russia in the finals to earn silver. He won his first four matches against Dyulsultan Basov of Russia, Nikolai Noev of Tajikistan, Mikola Solodnjuk of Slovakia and Nyurtyn Skryadin of Russia.

Sponseller, a 2012 World University bronze medalist, rebounded from his loss to Burroughs to place fifth. He followed the loss with two wins against Ablaikhan Mursultanov of Kazakhstan and Andri Nagomyi of the Ukraine. He lost the bronze medal match against Magomed Zubairov of Russia.

The final three weight classes in men’s freestyle, 84 kg/185 lbs., 96 kg/211.5 lbs. and 120 kg/264.5 lbs., will compete on Saturday to finish the Medved International tournament.


Event Results

55 kg/121 lbs.
Gold – Vladislav Andreyeu (Belarus)
Silver- Stepan Sorkomov (Russia)
Bronze – Magamedrasul Magomedov (Russia)
Bronze – Nodirjon Safarov (Uzbekistan)
5th – Mikhail Ivanov (Russia)
5th – Kazbek Parastaev (Russia)

60 kg/132 lbs.
Gold - Rustam Abdurashidov (Russia)
Silver – Jimmy Kennedy (USA)
Bronze - Nyurtyn Skryadin (Russia)
Bronze - Abakar Abasgadziev (Russia)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
Gold – Gadzhi Abulaev (Russia)
Silver – Arsen Iedigarov (Ukraine)
Bronze – Semyon Radulov (Ukraine)
Bronze – Ruslan Pliev (Uzbekistan)
5th – Ikhtiyor Navruzov (Uzbekistan)
5th – Adam Amsiev (Russia)

74 kg/163 lbs.
Gold – Jordan Burroughs (USA)
Silver – Dmitry Rochnyak (Ukraine)
Bronze – Alibek Akbayev (Russia)
Bronze – Magomed Zubairov (Russia)
5th – Edvard Verobyan (Russia)
5th – Colt Sponseller (USA)

U.S. men's freestyle performances

55 kg/121 lbs. – Obe Blanc, Stillwater, Okla. (Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Vitali Rudenko (Ukraine)
LOSS Nodirjon Safarov (Uzbekistan)

55 kg/121 lbs. – Zach Sanders, Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnesota Storm)
LOSS Eduard Grigorev (Russia)

60 kg/132 lbs. – Andrew Hochstrasser, Boise, Idaho (Titan Mercury WC)
WIN Shamil Salikohov (Russia)
WIN Viktor Beazaratsaev (Russia)
LOSS Nyurtyn Skryadin (Russia

60 kg/132 lbs. – Jimmy Kennedy, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC)
WIN Dyulsultan Basov (Russia)
WIN Nikolai Noev (Tajikistan)
WIN Mikola Solodnjuk (Slovakia)
WIN Nyurtyn Skryadin (Russia)
LOSS Rustam Abdurashidov (Russia)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Chase Pami, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sunkist Kids), dnp
WIN Dmitri Shadrin (Russia)
LOSS Andre Absinsov (Ukraine)

66 kg – Drew Headlee, Morgantown, W.Va. (Sunkist Kids), n
WIN German Ustinov (Russia)
LOSS Ruslan Pliev (Uzbekistan)

66 kg/145.5 lbs. – Kellen Russell, Ann Arbor, Mich. (New York AC), dnp
WIN Constantin Vlasov (Russia)
LOSS Khtuyor Nazruzov (Uzbekistan)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Colt Sponseller (USA)
WIN Ablaikhan Mursultanov (Kazakhstan)
WIN Andri Nagornyi (Ukraine)
WIN Magomed Zubairov (Russia)
WIN Dmitry Rochnyak (Ukraine)

74 kg/163 lbs. – Colt Sponseller, Glenmont, Ohio (New York AC), 5th
LOSS Jordan Burroughs (USA)
WIN Ablaikhan Mursultanov (Kazakhstan)
WIN Andri Nagornyi (Ukraine)
LOSS Magomed Zubairov (Russia)

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