Jordan Burroughs misses Olympics, swept by Kyle Dake at wrestling trials


Jordan Burroughs‘ decade-long streak atop U.S. wrestling snapped at the Olympic Trials.

Kyle Dake swept the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion 3-0, 3-2 in their best-of-three finals series to earn the U.S. spot in Tokyo in the 74kg freestyle division.

Burroughs failed to qualify for the Olympics, after making all nine previous Olympic or world championships teams dating to the start of his senior career in 2011.

“It just sets in that a run is over for me,” Burroughs, a 32-year-old who said before trials he planned to continue wrestling beyond 2021, said on NBCSN. “It’s hard. It’ll be hard for a while. … The future is still bright for me, although it just might not be in Tokyo.

“It’s not over for me.”

In all, 15 wrestlers qualified for the Olympics in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday across men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. Three more can earn their spots at a global qualifier in May.

All of the other Olympic and world champions won their finals series, including Rio gold medalists Helen Maroulis and Kyle Snyder, plus Adeline Gray, the U.S. record holder with five world titles.

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Dake, a two-time world champion at 79kg (not an Olympic weight), became the first American to eliminate Burroughs in a trials. He entered with a 1-7 record against the legend.

It looked emphatically different in their first match. Dake handed Burroughs his first shutout in more than 200 senior-level matches and his first outright loss to an American at the senior level. Burroughs’ four previous defeats to countrymen, including one to Dake in 2017, were via tiebreaker.

Dake scored in the first 10 seconds of the second match, lifting and pushing him out of bounds. Burroughs tried his trademark double-leg takedown near the end of the first period but couldn’t score. Dake scored two more in the first 35 seconds of the second period and held on.

At the end, Dake put his arm around Burroughs, who was on his knees, patted Burroughs’ chest and spoke in his ear.

“I just thanked him, told him I appreciated him,” Dake said. “He’s pushed me to levels I didn’t know I had in myself.”

Dake, 30, made his first Olympic team, eight years after he completed an unprecedented career at Cornell. He’s the only man to win NCAA titles at four different weight classes.

Since, he lost to Burroughs in world championships trials finals in 2013, 2015 and 2017. In 2016, he moved out of Burroughs’ 74kg division and up to 86kg, in part because Burroughs had a bye into the trials final.

Dake, after losing the 2016 Olympic Trials 86kg finals to eventual bronze medalist J’den Cox, moved down to 79kg to win the last two world championships (while Burroughs took 74kg bronze at the last two worlds). Dake then dropped down to challenge Burroughs at Olympic Trials.

All but two of Saturday’s 18 finals series were sweeps.

In the night’s finale, Maroulis pinned Jenna Burkert in 22 seconds in the rubber match of their 57kg series. It ended with tears from both athletes.

Maroulis, after becoming the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic wrestling title in 2016, briefly retired in 2019 during a two-year stretch where she suffered concussions and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I had a really hard time separating my emotions this tournament,” she said. “I didn’t know if I was ever going to get back to wrestling.”

Maroulis later revealed that she tore an MCL on March 15 and tweaked it in losing the second match.

“They told me I would have to be in a brace for six weeks,” she said. “I said, ‘I don’t have that. I have two and a half.'”

Burkert competed one week after her mom died following complications from open-heart surgery. After the loss, she said, “I’m sorry, mom,” on the mat.

“Heartbreak all over again,” Burkert said later. “I know my mom didn’t care about the wins and losses, but I just wanted to honor her with a win.

“I’m not sorry for my loss. I’m sorry for the heartache that my mom went through.”

Maroulis is one of five women on the six-woman Olympic team who own a world championships medal. None have more than Gray, who finished off 17-year-old Kylie Welker in less than two minutes of the allotted six in both 76kg matches.

Gray goes to her second Olympics after shockingly missing the medals in Rio. She was upset in the quarterfinals in 2016, snapping a two-year win streak.

“It was a letdown to not go out there and walk away with a gold medal,” she said. “I really feel like I am the most dominant and best person in the weight class.”

Gray revealed six months after the Olympics that she wrestled in Brazil with a shoulder injury. She underwent surgeries on that shoulder and to repair a torn meniscus in her knee in January 2017 and went 11 months between matches, missing that year’s world championships while also marrying U.S. Army Capt. Damaris Sanders.

Gray wasn’t sure about returning, but racked up a 44-1 record in matches she contested between 2018 and 2020, according to

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Snyder, who in Rio became the youngest U.S. Olympic wrestling champion in history at 20, made easy work of former Ohio State teammate Kollin Moore to make the team at 97kg. Going into the week, a showdown was expected between Snyder and two-time world 92kg champion J’den Cox, but Cox missed weight before Friday’s early rounds.

Snyder may have another epic in Tokyo with his primary international rival, Russian Abdulrashid Sadulayev, arguably the world’s best pound-for-pound wrestler.

The U.S.’ other top medal prospects are led by Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who also won the 2016 Olympic Trials but then failed in three tries to qualify the U.S. quota spot for Rio at international tournaments. Mensah-Stock came back to win the 2019 World title at 68kg, beating the Rio gold medalist from Japan.

“A long time coming,” she said. “I wanted to come back and prove to myself and everybody that I can become an Olympian.”

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Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz exit French Open, leaving no U.S. men

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Frances Tiafoe kept coming oh so close to extending his French Open match against Alexander Zverev: 12 times Saturday night, the American was two points from forcing things to a fifth set.

Yet the 12th-seeded Tiafoe never got closer than that.

Instead, the 22nd-seeded Zverev finished out his 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory after more than 3 1/2 hours in Court Philippe Chatrier to reach the fourth round. With Tiafoe’s exit, none of the 16 men from the United States who were in the bracket at the start of the tournament are still in the field.

“I mean, for the majority of the match, I felt like I was in control,” said Tiafoe, a 25-year-old from Maryland who fell to 1-7 against Zverev.

“It’s just tough,” he said about a half-hour after his loss ended, rubbing his face with his hand. “I should be playing the fifth right now.”

Two other American men lost earlier Saturday: No. 9 seed Taylor Fritz and unseeded Marcos Giron.

No. 23 Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina beat Fritz 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, and Nicolas Jarry of Chile eliminated Giron 6-2, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3.

There are three U.S women remaining: No. 6 Coco Gauff, Sloane Stephens and Bernarda Pera.

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It is the second year in a row that zero men from the United States will participate in the fourth round at Roland Garros. If nothing else, it stands as a symbolic step back for the group after what seemed to be a couple of breakthrough showings at the past two majors.

For Tiafoe, getting to the fourth round is never the goal.

“I want to win the trophy,” he said.

Remember: No American man has won any Grand Slam title since Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open. The French Open has been the least successful major in that stretch with no U.S. men reaching the quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003.

But Tiafoe beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the U.S. Open along the way to getting to the semifinals there last September, the first time in 16 years the host nation had a representative in the men’s final four at Flushing Meadows.

Then, at the Australian Open this January, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda and Ben Shelton became the first trio of Americans in the men’s quarterfinals in Melbourne since 2000. Paul made it a step beyond that, to the semifinals.

After that came this benchmark: 10 Americans were ranked in the ATP’s Top 50, something that last happened in June 1995.

On Saturday, after putting aside a whiffed over-the-shoulder volley — he leaned atop the net for a moment in disbelief — Tiafoe served for the fourth set at 5-3, but couldn’t seal the deal.

In that game, and the next, and later on, too, including at 5-all in the tiebreaker, he would come within two points of owning that set.

Each time, Zverev claimed the very next point. When Tiafoe sent a forehand wide to end it, Zverev let out two big yells. Then the two, who have been pals for about 15 years, met for a warm embrace at the net, and Zverev placed his hand atop Tiafoe’s head.

“He’s one of my best friends on tour,” said Zverev, a German who twice has reached the semifinals on the red clay of Paris, “but on the court, I’m trying to win.”

At the 2022 French Open, Zverev tore ligaments in his right ankle while playing Nadal in the semifinals and had to stop.

“It’s been definitely the hardest year of my life, that’s for sure,” Zverev said. “I love tennis more than anything in the world.”

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Having turned 22 on Wednesday, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her last pre-French Open match with a right thigh injury and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, is her top remaining challenger in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula, the highest-seeded American man or woman, was eliminated in the third round. No. 4 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who has three wins over Swiatek this year, withdrew before her third-round match due to illness.

No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, is the best hope to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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2023 French Open Women’s Singles Draw

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