Jordan Burroughs‘ bid to match John Smith‘s American record six global wrestling championships must wait another year.
Burroughs lost in the 74kg quarterfinals at the world championships in Budapest on Saturday. Russian Zaurbek Sidakov took him out 6-5, according to USA Wrestling.
Burroughs, the 2012 Olympic champion and four-time world champion, could still grab a medal Sunday (as can every American man in the four freestyle divisions in play), but he’s out of the race for gold and silver.
Burroughs was expected to face Cuban-born Italian Frank Chamizo in a semifinal showdown later Saturday had he gotten past Sidakov, a 22-year-old at his first senior worlds.
Burroughs and Chamizo split head-to-head matches earlier this year, marking Burroughs’ sixth career senior defeat. Now Burroughs has seven losses in more than 150 senior matches of a seven-plus-year senior career.
Two of those came at the Rio Olympics, the only global championship that Burroughs left without a medal.
The U.S.’ other Olympic gold medalists — Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis — wrestle later next week.
In other men’s freestyle weight classes Saturday, former Burroughs foil David Taylor made the 86kg final in his senior worlds debut, upsetting Iran’s Olympic and world champion Hassan Yazdani along the way. He gets top-seeded Turk Fatih Erdin in Sunday’s gold-medal match.
“One match away from being a world champion,” said Taylor, a 27-year-old who won the Hodge Trophy as the NCAA’s best wrestler in 2012 and 2014. “Something I’ve dreamt about for a really, really long time.”
In the 61kg bracket, worlds rookie Joe Colon lost in Saturday’s semifinals, putting him directly into a Sunday bronze-medal match. Colon actually lost in the final of the world team trials in June, but U.S. champion Nahshon Garrett withdrew from worlds due to injury, it was announced two weeks ago.
Like Burroughs, 2017 World bronze medalist Nick Gwiazdowski lost Saturday but remains in the 125kg repechage bracket with a chance at bronze Sunday.
“Not a bad spot, everybody wrestling for medals [Sunday],” U.S. coach Bill Zadick said. “A little bit less than what we had anticipated, maybe, knowing the stars that we have and the star power that we had wrestling today.”
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