Jordan Burroughs is one of the USA’s best chances for taking home a gold this year. With a poor performance heading into the Olympics, the U.S. failed to qualify wrestlers in four classes for Rio, making this the smallest wrestling team the U.S. has sent to the Olympics since 1952.
Burroughs won Gold in the men’s freestyle in the 2012 Olympics and took world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015. From 2011-2014, he won a U.S. consecutive record of 69 matches.
The U.S. qualified in 13 of 18 classes across men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. The U.S. has not sent fewer than 16 wrestlers to the Olympics since 1952, when it didn’t send a Greco-Roman team to the Helsinki Games.