LONDON (AP) - A year ago, Jordan Burroughs changed his Twitter handle to @alliseeisgold.
On Thursday, the former Husker national champion promised to tweet a picture of himself holding the Olympic gold medal. He delivered on Friday - on the mat and on Twitter.
The 24-year-old backed up his talk, beating Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 in the men's freestyle 74-kilogram (163-pound) division to give the U.S. its first wrestling gold medal at the London Games.
"A lot of people call it cocky, people call it overconfident," said Burroughs, who was aided by NU coach Mark Manning, an assistant coach on the U.S. team. "But I knew I was going to win."
Burroughs beat Denis Tsargush of Russia in a tight semifinal, then got past Goudarzi in a rematch of their world championship bout in 2011.
Burroughs, who grew up in New Jersey, has won 38 straight international freestyle matches and is the first Olympian to claim the $250,000 prize from the Living the Dream Medal Fund, a program designed to support U.