Who is James Green?
The former Nebraska wrestler knows exactly who is, even if he pokes fun with his twitter handle (@WhoIsJamesG).
“That's really being in Nebraska and wrestling behind Jordan (Burroughs),” Green said with a smile after earning a spot on the Team USA roster for the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. “It's Jordan Burroughs, Jordan Burroughs; I get called Jordan Burroughs, it's like, 'Who is James Green,' you know?
“I'm trying to create that name where people know who I am and make another world team and build off that.”
Green defeated Jason Chamberlain twice at 70 kilograms (154 pounds) by scores of 2-0 and 2-1 at Final X Lincoln at the Devaney Sports Center to earn his spot.
The four-time NCAA All-American had a tough time against Chamberlain, who trained with Green for two years in Lincoln. Green earned two passivity points in the first match before holding off Chamberlain in the second match.
Green was apologetic on Twitter, saying, “Sorry guys 2 years of training together can do that.”
Burroughs, who also earned a spot in Budapest for Team USA, was Green's recruitment host as a senior at Nebraska. The two have formed a special bond as teammates for Team USA.
“When we first started this journey, James wanted to be his own man,” Burroughs said after Friday's press conference. “He did as much as possible to make sure he was not considered my doppelganger — 'Oh, he hits doubles; oh, he wrestles like Burroughs; 'oh he's from South (New) Jersey, oh, he's African-American — all these things of similarities and he's like, 'No, I'm James Green, I'm JG not JB.'
“I've watched (Green) develop as a solid wrestler at the University (of Nebraska), only the second four-time All-American in the team's history. To see the progression he's made after college has been exponential. Never being an NCAA finalist to being at the finals at the (2017) World Championships; he is one of the best wrestlers, unquestionable.
Burroughs swept Isaiah Martinez 2-0 at 74 kilograms (163 pounds) and earned a technical fall 11-1 in the night's final match to clinch his spot and make his eighth consecutive spot on the Team USA roster, ending the night with one of many “Go Big Red” chants. It is the second consecutive year both Burroughs and Green have earned a Team USA roster spot at Devaney.
“It's incredible; the atmosphere was electric and mostly because of the fact both James Green and I were competing,” Burroughs said. “We realized that coming into this event, and that made us work really hard.”
The World Championships are scheduled for October.
Skutt grad Gilman earns U.S. roster spot
Thomas Gilman earned back-to-back victories over Daton Fix at 57 kilograms (125 pounds) to move on to the World Championships.
Gilman, a Council Bluffs, Iowa, native, was a 2017 World silver medalist.
Photos: Green, Burroughs, others book USA roster spots at Final X Lincoln stop
The Devaney Sports Center played host to first USA Wrestling Final X event on Saturday, as wrestlers began their quests for roster spots at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary from Oct. 20-28. Photos by Francis Gardler, Journal Star.