Charlton made his mark in high school as a standout in both football and wrestling with the latter being his signature sport.
A two-time captain and state champion, Charlton was named his team's outstanding wrestler as both a junior and a senior as well as being chosen as a Boston Globe, MetroWest News and Dual County League all-star both years.
He was also a two-time Massachusetts National Freestyle Team champion and captain and a two-time sectional champion and Lowell Holiday Tournament champion
Charlton also captained the varsity football team his senior year. He went on to Wesleyan University where he played football and wrestled. In wrestling, Charlton was a two-time captain, New England NCAA Division III champion, New England Classic champion and team MVP award recipient.
Charlton also captained the Wesleyan football team, was the winner of the Thomas W. Eck Memorial Award winner for exemplifying team spirit, sportsmanship and devotion to the game, was named NESCAC First Team All-Star and the conference's Rookie of the Year in 1986.
Charlton currently works for Anchorage Advisers as the Managing Director for Client Development and Service.