Olympic trials shocker: Jordan Burroughs fails to make US Olympic team for Tokyo, falling to Kyle Dake

Correction/clarification: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported years Jordan Burroughs won world titles. He won in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. 

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Dake has won four NCAA wrestling titles, two men’s freestyle world titles and, on Saturday night, he became an Olympian.

And he dethroned USA Wrestling’s king to do it.

Dake swept Jordan Burroughs, a five-time world and Olympic champion, in the best-of-three championship finals at the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials at Dickies Arena on Saturday evening.

As such, Dake will represent the United States in Tokyo this summer in the men’s freestyle wrestling competition at 74 kilograms (163 pounds). He defeated Burroughs by scores of 3-0 and 3-2 to make his first Olympic team.

“It feels good,” Dake said afterward. “It feels like it’s been a long time coming for me. I feel like I’ve always been right there. To be able to go out and get your raised is something I’ve been missing.”

Burroughs, 32, had made every men’s freestyle world and Olympic team for the United State at 74-kg since 2011. Along the way, he won four world titles (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) and Olympic gold in 2012.


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