The Entire History Of The Jordan Burroughs - David Taylor Rivalry

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It’s really happening. After a six and a half year hiatus, Jordan Burroughs and David Taylor are wrestling once again, this time at 86 kg. The two had one of the best rivalries for a brief period at 74 kg until David Taylor moved up and won a World title. Now, Jordan Burroughs is moving up to try and solidify his status as the greatest American wrestler of all time.

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Below is a chronological breakdown of the entire Jordan Burroughs - David Taylor rivalry.

2012

This match was first put on the radar for wrestling fans in 2012. Jordan Burroughs had become a World champion since winning two NCAA titles at the University of Nebraska, but David Taylor was a young superstar at Penn State. In his two years as a starter in State College, DT had already made two NCAA finals, winning once, and been awarded the Hodge Trophy. However, Taylor failed to make the Olympic Trials finals, and fans were forced to wait.

2013

One year after the 2012 Olympic Trials, Burroughs and Taylor wrestled for the first time in the 2013 US Open finals. A mature Jordan Burroughs handled young David Taylor two periods to none. 

Jordan Burroughs was even comfortable enough with this win that he trained with Taylor and competed in the 2014 US Open.

Watch Burroughs’ and Taylor’s first match below.

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2014

Fast forward exactly one year later, and Jordan and David met in the same spot. This time, however, David Taylor cradled JB not once, but twice, and led almost the entire match. It took two late takedowns for the champ to beat the Magic Man. After this, Jordan said no more training with top contenders, and no more wrestling at the US Open.

Watch Burroughs come back from behind late on Taylor at the 2014 US Open below.

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Six weeks after their exciting US Open final, Jordan and David met again in a best of three series in the World Team Trials finals. While these matches weren’t quite as close as their US Open final, this is when things started to get a little chippy.

Watch the Burroughs vs Taylor: 2014 World Team Trials Highlight below.

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Jordan won somewhat handily two matches to none and would go on to win a fourth-straight World or Olympic medal.

2015

Jordan Burroughs sat to the World Team Trials finals where he saw Kyle Dake after Dake took out Taylor in their rivalry. After the World Championships, David Taylor announced he would be moving up to 86 kg. For a while, JB and DT were even BFFs.

2018

It took three years, but David Taylor got on top of the World podium and looked incredible doing so. He defeated Hassan Yazdani of Iran, a World and Olympic champion and top 10 pound-for-pound wrestler in the world. Jordan continued to have success at 74 kg, winning another World title and another bronze while the JB - DT rivalry was on pause.

2020

While the world was amid a global pandemic and the Olympics are delayed a year, Jordan Burroughs decided he was going to bump up to 185 lbs and take on Zahid Valencia. This caused a back and forth that spanned both social media and the microphone for about two months.

Burroughs defeated Valencia and then had the wrestling world going crazy with his mic drop call out.

Then, on December 10th, the rivalry officially became resumed. FloWrestling announced that Jordan Burroughs and David Taylor would officially be wrestling on January 9th. This time, it's World champion vs World champion and at 86 kg.

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We've got Sunday Big Ten wrestling on tap between #8 Ohio State and #14 Rutgers. The action starts at 12:00 PM EST, 11:00 CT. With 12 ranked individuals including #1 Sebastian Rivera at 141 and #1 Sammy Sasso at 149, this will be an action-packed dual.

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It's a great afternoon for a Big Ten Live Blog, in my humble estimation.

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#1 Iowa cemented they would be the team to beat this year with a dominant performance last week against top ten tournament and #4 dual ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers. Now they're back on the mat against a tough Big Ten opponent in #12 Minnesota.

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Keep up to speed with everything going down between #14 Pittsburgh and #5 NC State with live updates of every second. Be sure to refresh often. My friend and enemy Christian Pyles live blogged the other top 20 showdown in the ACC, #19 Virginia vs #10 Virginia Tech, right here. 

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Oklahoma makes its way to West Gym on Sunday for a pair of duals against Northern Iowa and Iowa State. This event is packed with 16 ranked wrestlers and 5 ranked matchups and plenty of good reasons to tune in.

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In order for Penn State to maintain its run of dominance, a new crop of youngsters will need to get up to speed quickly. That's a tall order for a number of reasons, but if anyone can lead a fresh group of wrestlers to a title, it's Cael Sanderson and company. Here's why this crop of Nittany Lions has a number of obstacles in its way, and why they just might be up for the challenge.

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