Top News Stories...
This week, TheMat.com will move to the USOC platform, with a new look, new functionality, but with the same favorite features....
Shockley will succeed long-time chairman Jim Keen. Sr. as Chairman of the Board....
The Hawkeye senior will battle Virginia Tech's Devin Carter in the NWCA All-Star Classic on Saturday....
Cleveland, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia & St. Louis are Div. I finalists. Div. II and III finalists also announced....
|Vote for Jordan Burroughs and Elena Pirozhkova in USOC Twitter poll for Athletes of the Month|
By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
The U.S. Olympic Committee has announced its Twitter voting is now open for the May Male & Female Athletes and Team of the Month. WOULDN’T IT BE COOL IF DURING WORLD WRESTLING MONTH BOTH OF THE USOC ATHLETES OF THE MONTH WERE WRESTLERS?
Vote for Jordan Burroughs
Vote for Elena Pirozhkova
Both of the wrestling nominees won matches in two big events during World Wrestling Month.
Representing USA Wrestling in men’s freestyle is 2012 Olympic champion and 2011 World Champion Jordan Burroughs, who won his matches at the Rumble On the Rails in New York City and United 4 Wrestling in Los Angeles.
Representing USA Wrestling in women's freestyle is 2012 World champion Elena Pirozhkova, who won her matches at United 4 Wrestling in Los Angeles and the Battle At the Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Fans are encouraged to vote and re-tweet the poll links.
The fan vote accounts for 10% of the voting for the award. LET’S WIN THE FAN VOTE. The voting ends on Thursday, so vote now.
SportsMan of the Month for May 2013
Sport: Freestyle wrestling
Athlete: Jordan Burroughs
Position: 74 kg/163 lbs. in freestyle wrestling
Burroughs won his match in two major wrestling competitions held in the United States as part of World Wrestling Month in May.
In the Rumble On the Rails, held in Grand Central Terminal in New York City on May 15, Burroughs defeated Saba Khubetzhty of Russia, 1-1, 5-0, 7-3. This event was conducted under the old rules of international wrestling.
In United 4 Wrestling, held in the LA Sports Coliseum in Los Angeles on May 19, Burroughs scored an impressive 14-3 technical fall win over Khubetzhty, using the new rules of international wrestling which had been approved just the day before at the FILA Congress in Moscow, Russia.
Burroughs was the only U.S. wrestler to win matches in both New York and Los Angeles for the USA.
Burroughs extended his undefeated streak on the Senior level to 54 straight matches. He was a 2012 Olympic champion and 2011 World champion.
SportsWoman of the Month for May 2013
Sport: Women’s Freestyle Wrestling
Athlete: Elena Pirozhkova
Position: 63 kg/138.75 lbs. in women’s freestyle
Pirozhkova won her match in two major wrestling competitions as part of World Wrestling Month in May.
In United 4 Wrestling, held in the LA Sports Coliseum in Los Angeles on May 19, Pirozhkova scored an impressive 4-2 win over past Junior World champion Danielle Lapagge of Canada.
In The Battle At The Falls, held in Niagara Falls, Canada on May 31, Pirozhkova had an impressive 10-0 technical fall win over past World Champion Ganna Vasilenko of Ukraine.
Pirozhkova was a 2012 World champion, a 2012 U.S. Olympian and a 2010 World silver medalist.