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David Palmer Memorial and Celebration of Life Gathering - Jan. 14

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David Palmer

Legendary Delta/ Muncie Southside wrestler, David Palmer, lost his battle to cancer in late December. He was 54 years old.

In the early 1980's David was a one-time state runner up and a state champion for Muncie Southside as well as a 2x state champion for Delta HS. David led Delta to their first team state championship title in 1981 that eventually turned into 5 consecutive titles. In 1979 David became the first Indiana wrestler to make the world team and the first to win a gold medal. David wrestled for Oklahoma Univ. on a full ride scholarship and graduated with a bachelors degree in accounting.

David was an inspiration to all those that knew him and was always helping others.  He will be greatly missed!

Please join friends and family for a Life Celebration of David Palmer this Sunday January 14th at Mansfield Park in Muncie. Celebration begins at 4:00pm.

For more info please contact :

Delta coach Gary Schliessman at cabincreations@comcast.net

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i knew DAVID since 8th grade when he wrestled for muncie storer.  a great guy and an amazing wrestler for the state of indiana.  thank you for sharing this post and we will join the PALMER family to celebrate on 01-14-2018.

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On 1/9/2018 at 9:52 AM, Coach McCormick said:

David Palmer

Legendary Delta/ Muncie Southside wrestler, David Palmer, lost his battle to cancer in late December. He was 54 years old.

In the early 1980's David was a one-time state runner up and a state champion for Muncie Southside as well as a 2x state champion for Delta HS. David led Delta to their first team state championship title in 1981 that eventually turned into 5 consecutive titles. In 1979 David became the first Indiana wrestler to make the world team and the first to win a gold medal. David wrestled for Oklahoma Univ. on a full ride scholarship and graduated with a bachelors degree in accounting.

David was an inspiration to all those that knew him and was always helping others.  He will be greatly missed!

Please join friends and family for a Life Celebration of David Palmer this Sunday January 14th at Mansfield Park in Muncie. Celebration begins at 4:00pm.

For more info please contact :

Delta coach Gary Schliessman at cabincreations@comcast.net

Wow, that is just terrible. With his lineage and AAU success, he is the one of the primary wrestlers that shepherded in the modern era of Indiana Wrestling

that we can be thankful for today.His success at Delta, love them or hate them, raised the bar of the state tournament excitement giving you guys like Ginther, etc. 

Guys like Palmer brought the wrestling year round mantra to the forefront.  He was  the equivalent then, of today's Andrew Howe.  World Champ, beast, made it out of Indiana to the highest stage in Oklahoma, but had some injury issues that hampered him.   That, and having Mark Schultz and Dan Chaid in the room at OU. 

If the IHSAA or Coaches assocation doesn't do an award after this man, it would be criminal.  Cancer sucks. 

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On 1/12/2018 at 11:37 AM, piscis1956 said:

Powerline,

Doesn't sound like a bad idea.  What kind of award might you have in mind?

Perhaps the Most Valuble Wrestler

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