The Lehigh wrestling program has distinguished itself as a "producer" of National and EIWA Champions. Few, if any, are a better example of this than Darryl Burley.
He captured not only one, but two individual National Championship crowns for the Engineer program. Burley is also just one of only four Lehigh wrestlers in school history to take home four EIWA titles.
In 1979 he took home a National title while
wrestling at 134 pounds and then again in 1983 he was victorious at 142 pounds. Even in 1980 and 1981 when he didn't win a championship, Burley finished second, both times at 134 pounds.
A two-time Midlands Tournament titlist, Burley was voted the Amateur Wrestler of the Year in 1983. Two years later in 1985 he was crowned National Freestyle Champion. Burley won a silver medal in the 1985 Tblisi Tournament in Russia and was an alternate for the United States in the 1984 Olympic Games.
For his career, Burley recorded the third-most wins in Lehigh history (94), had the third-best overall winning pet. (94.5%) and recorded the sixth-most dual meet wins in school history (49).
Off the mat Burley can be seen working numerous wrestling camps in the summer. He also spends much of his free time working with developmentally disabled adults.
Burley currently is a human resources supervisor for ACLD. He and his wife Mimi reside in Albertson, N.Y.