Clinton Burke

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Clinton Burke was a two-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma where he was the NCAA runner-up and a Big Eight champion as a junior (1983), and finished
third in the NCAA tournament as a senior (1984), each time at 134 pounds. His collegiate record was an impressive 102-20, ranking him among the all-time leaders in OU history. His 1983 performance
made him just the second Delawarean to achieve All-American wrestling status and the first to reach the NCAA semifinals or finals. He lost the championship match when his opponent, Clar Anderson of
Oklahoma State, whom Burke had defeated three times during the season, scored a takedown with just 20 seconds remaining. Burke was also ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation as a sophomore in 1982.
During his time at Oklahoma, the Sooners were perennially among the top teams in the Big Eight Conference and placed third at the NCAA Championships in 1982, fourth in 1983, and fifth in 1984. Burke
was an alternate for the 1984 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team and an alternate on the 1992 U.S. Olympic judo team. At William Penn High School, he was a two-time Blue Hen Conference champion
and state runner-up and finished with an overall record of 52-6-1. A six-time national champion in sambo, a martial art originally developed by the Soviet army as a synthesis of catch wrestling,
judo, jujutsu and other sports, he has was inducted into the Delaware Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001. 



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