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Indiana's Most Dominant Big Man, EVER?

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Although he attended high school in NJ, the most dominant BIG MAN in history (with Indiana ties) is Bruce Baumgartner.  

 

2x Olympic and 3x World heavyweight champ.

you got dat one correct amundo !!

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Paris is a great young kid. 

 

But my bet goes with David Palmer with Delta, 2,1,1,1 - then signed with Iowa, believe he had issues with

injury while there.  

 

Other guy I'd have to go with is Mark Whitehead - 1985- phenomenal athlete who focused on 

football and not wrestling year round. Was a NCAA runner-up at Northwestern in 89 or 90.  Had he been strictly 

wrestling like kids today, look out.  

 

David Palmer 
Delta
Class of 1982
Year by Year Record 9th: 29-2 10th: 20-0 11th: 29-0 12th: 32-0 Career: 111-2
Past Placements National
1982 178 Junior Freestyle Nationals 1st
1981 165 Junior Freestyle Nationals 3rd

State
1982 177 State 1st
1981 167 State 1st
1980 167 State 1st
1979 155 State 2nd

Awards and Honors
1993 IHSWCA Hall of Fame Wrestler

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I think for 1 single year it would have to go to DJ. I don't believe he has the total body of work as some of the others mentioned. But again, for one single year DJ was super human.

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I think for 1 single year it would have to go to DJ. I don't believe he has the total body of work as some of the others mentioned. But again, for one single year DJ was super human.

My coach told me he seen DJ get put on his back once a and literally done a sit up with the guy on top with a full half in...them rolled him and stuck em..that's STRONG

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I was a freshman at Merrillville Dexter Larimore senior year. I never saw him warmup . (Stand up or jog around trying to get loose. ). He would sit down and stretch his calfs and hamstrings.

 

I've never seen someone as dominant in any weight class as he was that year. He never was tested during the year, had pinned everyone's using a tight waist tilt. You should never get pinned in a tilt.

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My coach told me he seen DJ get put on his back once a and literally done a sit up with the guy on top with a full half in...them rolled him and stuck em..that's STRONG

my coach said at the finals the chants of RADNOVICH were deafening.

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To this day I still believe that David Palmer was the best high school wrestler to ever come out of Indiana. He blew his knee out his first year in college and we never got to see him become even greater. I was on David's team the first 2 years in high school before he transferred to Delta. Dave's Soph year he broke his back in a car wreck and still came back and won the state. I think before its done I say Mason is the best period.

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Anyone remember James Brimm from Evansville? He would do 360 takedowns. He was good.

 

Yep, my best friend Nathan Pickle who was a monster in his own right wrestled him in the semis...Nathan is a very strong wrestler that went on to IU..he said Brimm was so fast and strong unlike anything he wrestled in HS...Nathan went on to beat some guy Named Jon Fitch to take 3rd that year in 96..

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We've had a pretty good discussion of most Dominate Big Man.  

 

But, what would be considered the best "Big Man" championship match in state tournament history?  Top ranked guys with lots of build heading into the match, action rather than just positioning the whole match, etc.....

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I've definitely got some bias on this one, but if I remember correctly Day of Mishawaka at 215 pinned 95% of his opponents while also getting the fastest pin in state finals tournament history then followed it up with I think a 5th at fargo. That's quite a dominant season. 

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I remember seeing Radnovich in the finals and remember the buzz around him all year. It's crazy how much buzz there was without even having social media then

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I remember watching him dunk at semistate during lunch break. Athletic freak. Awesome to watch too

Chico and Cosgrove also put on the best show during warm ups at State as well.

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Streck surely didn't move like a heavy. He was quick and strong. Very aggressive and a dominate top game. I'd say he should be in the talk for most dominate big men. Maybe not THE most dominate ever but to say "because he had losses" should discredit him from the talk. Definitely top 5 in my books.

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Is DJ still in good enough shape to give Parris a challenge? My guess is no and my money would have to be on Mason. :)

Last I heard he was a police officer out in Oklahoma. But his physical condition may depend if he's still "walking the beat" or has progressed to a less physical role. I'm sure he's still an imposing sight if you run into him while in the act of committing a crime.

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