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 suffered a broken ankle while running sprints during training in Colorado Springs on Aug. 22 but was able to recuperate quickly after surgery the next day.
"I'm in awe right now." Burroughs said after the final. "This is definitely the biggest victory of my career."
Burroughs said he still had five screws and a plate in his left ankle to provide stability and was at 75-80 percent of his full strength when he arrived in Budapest for the world championships.
Burroughs complimented Akbarizarinkolaei for his effort. The Iranian, who also lost to Burroughs at the World Cup in Tehran in February, kept his rival from scoring during the early stage of the match and Burroughs' four points against him were the fewest the New Jersey native scored in his five matches in the event.
"He definitely gave me my best test of the day but I was able to pull it out so I'm extremely happy," said Burroughs, who stayed home to recover and did not join the rest of the American wrestlers training together until this week. "The last time they saw me I was on crutches, now they're looking at me and I'm winning world titles. Amazing."
On his way to the championship, Burroughs also defeated opponents from Tajikistan, India and Azerbaijan. In the semifinals, his rival, Ali Shabanau of Belarus, was disqualified after cautions for repeated 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.