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FLASH: Jordan Burroughs wins gold at Stepan Sargsyan International in Armenia

Jordan Burroughs of the USA receives his 74 kg gold medal in Armenia, with his coach Mark Manning among the presenters. Photo by Coach Brandon Slay

VANADZOR, Armenia – 2012 Olympic champion and 2011 World champion Jordan Burroughs continued his dominant wrestling with a gold-medal victory at 74 kg/163 lbs. on the final day of the Stepan Sargsyan International on Sunday.

Burroughs won four matches on the way to the title, defeating 2012 European Junior champion Akamaz Sanakoev of Russia in the finals, 7-6.

Burroughs won three straight matches by technical fall to reach the finals, beating Giorgi Sanodze of Georgia, 8-0, Gevorg Hambarcumyan of Armenia, 10-3 and Stanislav Khachirov of Russia, 9-1.

He runs his unbeaten record on the Senior level to 60-0, a streak which began after his college career at Nebraska completed in the spring of 2011. Burroughs is preparing to compete at the 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in September.

One other U.S. athlete competed on Sunday, Chris Pendleton (Laramie, Wyo./Titan Mercury WC/Wyoming RTC), dropped his only bout at 96 kg/211.5 lbs.

Over the two day tournament, Team USA had three champions and five medalists.

Joining Burroughs as gold medalists were 2013 U.S. World Team member Brent Metcalf (Iowa City, Iowa/New York AC/Titan Mercury WC) at 66 kg/145.5 lbs. and Clayton Foster (Laramie, Wyo./GRIT Athletics/Cowboy WC) at 84 kg/185 lbs. Claiming a silver medal was Angel Escobedo (Columbus, Ohio/New York AC/Ohio RTC) at 55 kg/121 lbs. Earning a bronze medal was Chris Perry (Stillwater, Okla./Cowboy WC) at 84 kg/185 lbs.

At Vanadzor, Armenia, Aug. 4

U.S. men’s freestyle performances on Sunday

74 kg/163 lbs. – Jordan Burroughs, Lincoln, Neb. (Sunkist Kids), gold medal
WIN Giorgi Sanodze (Georgia), tech. fall, 8-0
WIN Gevorg Hambarcumyan (Armenia), tech. fall, 10-3
WIN Stanislav Khachirov (Russia), tech. fall, 9-1
WIN Akamaz Sanakoev (Russia), 7-6

96 kg/211.5 lbs. – Chris Pendleton, Laramie, Wyo. (Titan Mercury WC/Wyoming RTC)
LOSS Andranik Galstyan (Armenia), pin

Men’s freestyle results (both days)
from Russian Wrestling Federation website

55 kg/121 lbs.
1 Georgi Edisherashvili (Georgia)
2 Angel Escobedo (USA)
3 Mihran Jaburyan (Armenia)
3 Ogan Giqinyan (Armenia)
5 Frank Perrelli (USA)

60 kg/132 lbs.
1 Ashot Terteryan (Armenia)
2 Besik Kudukhov (Russia)
3 Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Georgia)
3 Bazar Bazarguruev (Kyrgyzstan)
5 Vasyl Shuptar (Ukraine)
5 Shota Pukhov (Russia)

66 kg/145.5 lbs.
1 Brent Metcalf (USA)
2 Ulukman Mamatov (Kyrgyzstan)
3 Levan Kelekhsashvili (Georgia)
3 Narek Sirunyan (Armenia)

74 kg/163 lbs.
1 Jordan Burroughs (USA)
2 Atsamaz Sanakoev (Russia)
3 Georgi Sanodze (Georgia)
3 Inokenti Inokentev (Kyrgyzstan)
5 Rasul Rasulov (Russia)
5 Stanislav Khachirov (Russia)

84 kg/185 lbs.
1 Clayton Foster (USA)
2 David Marsagishvili (Georgia)
3 Rashid Kurbanov (Uzbekistan)
3 Chris Perry (USA)
5 Georgi Rubaev (Russia)

96 kg/211.5 lbs.
1 Saeid Tavakol (Iran)
2 Edgar Enoqyan (Armenia)
3 Vladislav Baytsaev (Russia)
3 Zurab Akhobadze (Georgia)
5 Dato Kerashvili (Georgia)
5 Omar Gusoshvili (Georgia)

120 kg/264.5 lbs.
1 George Sakandelidze (Georgia)
2 Alain Zaseev (Ukraine)
3 David Modzmanashvili (Georgia)
3 Ayal Lazarev (Kyrgyzstan)
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