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Bruce Burnett


Inducted February 17, 2005

Currently in his fifth season as the head wrestling coach at the U.S. Naval Academy, Burnett was the U.S. National Freestyle Coach for USA Wrestling from 1992-2000. During his tenure, the U.S. won World Team Titles at the 1993 and 1995 World Freestyle Championships and captured five medals at the 1996 Olympics. The 2000 Olympic squad won four medals. Burnett was named USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996 and the U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year for 1996. A North High graduate, Burnett was a two-time State Champion with a 55-3 record, winning the state meet's outstanding wrestler award in 1970. He then wrestled at the University of Idaho, where he was a Big Sky Champion and undefeated in dual meets.