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Wrestling: Burroughs begins quest to defend gold with win over Midana

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials - Day 2

IOWA CITY, IOWA - APRIL 10: Andrew Howe and Jordan Burroughs compete in the 74kg championship match during day 2 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on April 10, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Wrestler Jordan Burroughs began his quest to become only the third American to win back-to-back golds in wrestling with a fight against Guinea-Bissau’s Augusto Midana on Friday morning at the Carioca Arena.

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Burroughs opened a 5-0 lead en route to an 8-2 lead at the break and an 8-3 win.

He’ll face either Russia’s Aniuar Geduev or Uzbekistan’s Bekzod Abdurakhmonov in the quarterfinals

Burroughs has dominated the 74kg weight class, winning world championships in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in addition to his gold from London.

USA teammate Daniel Dennis suffered a decisive loss in his match, defeated 11-0 by Vladimir Dubov of Bulgaria.

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