Courtesy of Cherry Hill East Athletic Hall of Fame
DePalma did not lead a typical high schooler life; during his sophomore year of school, his family left him and he had to live with his neighbor. Regardless, he did not let that stop him from working his hardest.
In his junior and senior year, he was a star wrestler. DePalma became the captain of the varsity wrestling team. Additionally, he was the captain of the track team and held the school record in track for many years. He committed to Bucknell University and wrestled, but later joined the track team.
This came with many titles, including the Penn Relays, the Millrose Games, the US Olympic Invitational, the Pittsburgh Track Classic, the Philadelphia Track Classic and the IC4A Championship. He even qualified for the NCAAs, but was not able to participate.