James Green was fashionably late, and Jordan Burroughs was just fashionable for Friday's Team USA Final X news conference at the Devaney Sports Center.
Living in Lincoln, Burroughs had time to go through his closet and dazzle the crowd with his suit, an early Father's Day present from his parents, while Green was comfortably watching television in his home with his feet kicked up on the table before realizing the news conference was Friday and not Saturday.
The relaxation of waking up in their own beds and spending time with family has already set in for the two ex-Huskers as they look to make the Team USA senior wrestling roster Saturday at Lincoln's Final X event and a chance to compete at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in October.
A total of seven matches, with three women and four men looking to make the roster, starts at 6 p.m.
“I enjoy it; I've got access to my entire closet so I got to wear this suit,” Burroughs said of being home and not in a hotel room. “It's actually harder; it's interesting because yes, you get all those benefits of not being on the road, not having a time change, not losing your bag and not going to a sauna that is broken; all of these that are benefits to the wrestler perspective, but as a father and as husband you have the same demands on time."
Instead of being in a hotel room hundreds of miles from home, or fitting to a tight team schedule, Burroughs had other obligations he needed to take care of before hoping to make the senior roster.
“I was up making breakfast for my son at 7 a.m., I was mowing the lawn at 8:30 a.m. and doing all the things that are naturally obligated for me to do as a dad on the everyday scale,” the five-time World and Olympic champion added. “Also the great thing about that is I feel no pressure. And so when I come here and pull up to the Devaney and park in my normal parking spot and walk up to the wrestling room, I feel like I am preparing for a practice. That is the cool thing about it.”
The relaxation of being home almost caused Green to be a no-show at the press conference, before receiving text messages from Burroughs asking where he was, but he agreed it has different feeling than preparing for a normal event.
“As for comparing it to traveling, just being able to sleep in my own bed and eat my own meals, it's really beneficial and a little too comfortable,” Green said. “Obviously I'm late here today, but like I said, it's really beneficial; it's super-relaxing being in a comfortable atmosphere.”
Green will kick off the Final X event Saturday in the men's lineup against Jason Chamberlain in a best-of-three series at 70 kilograms. Chamberlain spent more than two years training in Lincoln alongside Green, while Burroughs will face one of the top competitors coming out of college in Isaiah Martinez at 74 kilograms. Omaha native and Iowa graduate Thomas Gilman hopes to solidify his spot at 57 kilograms.
Fans are invited to a tailgate party at The Railyard at 3 p.m. Saturda. It will include a live stream of weigh-ins. The first 400 fans will receive a drink ticket.
Earlier Saturday, Husker assistant coach Kendric Maple will host a clinic at 1 p.m. on the indoor track at the Devaney Sports Center.
The Nebraska wrestling team, in cooperation with USA Wrestling, is hosting the clinic, which is geared toward wrestlers ages 8-18. It is free for all who have a USA Wrestling full athlete membership, and is limited to the first 150 participants. Each person attending the clinic, which runs 1-3 p.m., will also receive a free Final X in Lincoln general admission ticket.