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Jordan Burroughs leads U.S. wrestling team for World Championships

Jordan Burroughs

INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: Jordan Burroughs of the United States reacts to his win over Giya Chykladze of Ukraine in the 74kg class during the 2014 FILA Freestyle Wrestling World Cup at The Forum on March 16, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs beat four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake at the World Championships trials and will lead the U.S. roster for Worlds in Las Vegas in September.

Burroughs, the 2011 and 2013 World champion who took bronze while injured last year, defeated Dake 6-3, 14-4 in a best-of-three series for the 74kg berth.

“Whenever someone questions my ability to represent this country at the Worlds stage and the Olympic stage, I take that personally,” Burroughs told media in Madison, Wis., saying he wrestled with an injured, taped ankle Sunday and prepared for his match by changing his baby Beacon‘s diaper in the morning. “There were a number of people, a lot of tweets, a lot of messages on various social media networks that said Dake would beat me today. It’s the same thing every year. ... Every year, I remain.”

Burroughs will be joined on the World Championships team by a group including Adeline Gray, the reigning women’s 75kg World champion. The U.S.’ other 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Jake Varner, lost his winner-goes-to-Worlds final Sunday to Kyle Snyder.

Here’s the full U.S. roster for Worlds:

Men’s Freestyle
Tony Ramos -- 57kg
Reece Humphrey -- 61kg
Brent Metcalf -- 65kg
James Green -- 70kg
Jordan Burroughs -- 74kg
Jake Herbert -- 86kg
Kyle Snyder -- 97kg
Tervel Dlagnev -- 125kg

Women’s Freestyle
Alyssa Lampe -- 48kg
Whitney Conder -- 53kg
Helen Maroulis -- 55kg
Alli Ragan -- 58kg
Leigh Jaynes-Provisor -- 60kg
Erin Clodgo -- 63kg
Elena Pirozhkova -- 69kg
Adeline Gray -- 75kg

Spenser Mango -- 59kg
Bryce Saddoris -- 66kg
Justin Lester -- 71kg
Andy Bisek -- 75kg
Patrick Martinez -- 80kg
Jordan Holm -- 85kg
Caylor Williams -- 98kg
Robby Smith -- 130kg

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