"All I See Is Gold."
It’s not only the motto of Sicklerville, N.J.’s Jordan Burroughs but his Twitter handle as he headed into London.
Well, so far, so good for the freestyle wrestler as he wrestled his way into the gold medal match Friday.
He started his Olympics with a kiss as he kissed his hand then used it to attack Puerto Rico’s Francisco Daniel Soler Tanco is his opening 74kg match. He proceeded to beat Soler Tanco by points as the Puerto Rican managed no points losing to Burroughs 10-0 after two rounds as Burroughs earned three class points.
Next up for the Burroughs was Canadian Matthew Judah Gentry in the quarterfinals. Burroughs made quick work of Gentry as well winning after the second round 3-2 on technical points and 3-1 on classification points.
In the semis Burroughs drew Denis Tsargush of Russia. After some last-minute taping to Burroughs shoes pre-match, the Sicklerville native got out to a 3-1 lead in the first round of action. Tsargush came back in the second round 2-0 to force a decided third round.
In the third round Burroughs and Tsargush danced around one for the first 1:30 or so until Burroughs scored two quick points to win the round 2-1 and the match 3-1 on classification points.
Iran’s Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi awaits Burroughs in the gold medal final at 2:50 p.m. EST Friday. Burroughs beat Goudarzi at the 2011 World Championships final.