Former Nebraska wrestling standouts Jordan Burroughs and James Green each claimed a medal at the 2017 United Wrestling World Championships in Paris on Saturday.
Burroughs earned a gold medal to become a five-time World Champion—one Olympic and four World—after defeating Khetik Tsabolov of Russia 9-6 in the 74 kg championship match.
The two-time NCAA champion at Nebraska had a tough draw in the bracket, defeating four wrestlers ranked inside the top-11 in the United World Wrestling World Men’s Freestyle rankings.
Prior to this week’s competition, Burroughs ranked No. 7.
Burroughs claimed his first gold medal since the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas.
He had a disappointing finish at the 2016 Rio Games, failing to reach the podium.
According to USA Wrestling, Burroughs is tied for second in U.S. history for most World championships with Bruce Baumgartner.
Green earned a silver medal after losing to two-time World Champion Frank Chamizo Marquez of Italy 8-0 in the 70 kg championship match.
The four-time All-American at Nebraska now has two World medals. His first was a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships.
The United States took home the team title, its first since 1995, earning six freestyle medals.
Jordan Burroughs (74 kg):
First Round – 7-5 victory against Ali Shabanau (Belarus)
Second Round – 12-2 victory against Sohsuke Takatani (Japan)
Quarterfinals – 13-2 victory against Zelimkhan Khadjiev (France)
Semifinals – 6-5 victory against Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (Uzbekistan)
Finals – 9-6 victory against Khetik Tsabolov (Russia)
James Green (70 kg):
First Round – Bye
Second Round – 8-0 victory against Nestor Joa Tafur Barrios (Columbia)
Quarterfinals – 3-2 victory against Zurabi Erbotsonashvili (Georgia)
Semifinals – 5-3 victory against Yuhi Fujinami (Japan)
Finals – 8-0 defeat against Frank Chamizo Marquez (Italy)