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Charles Burton

All American Wrestler, Member of the 2000 Olympic Team, Boise State 1991-96

Inducted into the Boise State Hall of Fame in 2001

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Charles Burton has the distinction of being the first Boise State athlete to become a member of a United States Olympic Team. Following an outstanding collegiate career for the Broncos, Burton won his weight class (187.25 pounds) at the 2000 Olympic trials and became a member of the United States Freestyle Wrestling Team that competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Burton posted a record of 3-1 at the Sydney games and placed fifth. While wrestling for the Boise State team from 1991-1996, Burton advanced to three NCAA National Wrestling Championships. His highest finish came as a senior in 1996 when he finished third in the 167- pound weight class. He also qualified for the 1994 and 1995 National Collegiate Tournament. Burton put together three straight seasons of twenty or more victories at Boise State, and ended the 1996 season with one of the top win-loss records in school history at 34-6 (85.0%). He ended his Bronco career with an overall dual match record of 101-32-1 (75.7%). Prior to the 2000 Olympic Games, Burton won both the 1997 and 2000 Pan American Games. In 2001, he won the Bronze medal at the World Cup Championships. Burton graduated from Indiana University where he is the head assistant coach for the wrestling team at the time of his induction.