BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — American Jordan Burroughs won his second wrestling world championship on Wednesday, defeating Iran’s Ezzatollah Akbarizarinkolaei in the final.
Burroughs, a gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, extended his undefeated streak to 65 matches with a 4-0 victory over Akbarizarinkolaei in the 74-kilogram category at the Laszlo Papp Sports Arena in Budapest.
After the final, Burroughs revealed that he broke his ankle during training on Aug. 22 but was able to recuperate quickly after surgery.
On his way to the title, Burroughs also defeated opponents from Tajikistan, India and Azerbaijan. In the semifinals, his rival, Ali Shabanau of Belarus, was disqualified after cautions for attacks to the face.
Burroughs, who won two NCAA championships at the University of Nebraska, was defending the title he earned in Istanbul in 2011.