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Burroughs scores a double-leg takedown in his win over Iran’s Sadegh Goudarzi in the Olympic finals. John Sachs photo.

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“They are all studs,” Burroughs said. “That’s a bunch of

NCAA titles in that group. It’s good for wrestling, to see all of those guys coming up.”

While those young wrestlers continue to improve, Burroughs also is adding to his vast arsenal. “Jordan understands he can get better technically and tacti-

cally,” Manning said. “He’s still really young. He is in his prime physically and his freestyle skills will continue to get better.” U.S. National Coach Zeke Jones said Burroughs faces new challenges after winning the Olympics.

“Jordan has to buckle down heading into 2013,” Jones said.

“The World is gunning for him. On the wrestling mat, he hasn’t even hit his peak yet. He has so much more room to get better. We’re excited about the journey the next four years. We’re ready to go and get him back on top of the podium. “One thing people need to understand is Jordan isn’t the defending World and Olympic champion. He’s not defending anything. No one will ever be able to take away his gold medals from him. He’s like everyone else, starting the new year in quest of a World title.”

Burroughs continues to train at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

He became Nebraska’s first two-time NCAA champion after winning NCAA titles in 2009 and 2011. “It’s a great place to train,” he said. “The coaches there have done great things for me. It’s a place that feels like home for me.”

Manning said Burroughs has the capability to make a run at

Smith’s record of six straight World-level titles. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he can do it,” Manning said. “As long as he keeps that edge and has that drive, he will continue to improve and continue to be successful. “Jordan has the potential to do some really great things in this

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