Lance Palmer - The Perfect Storm

Lance Palmer is to modern OSU wrestling what the Corvette is to American muscle cars. Not only is he a small, moveable warship, but he improves the value of his group as a whole with his very existence. This 4-time All-American is a one-of-a-kind competitor and an OSU legend. This month’s Final Word was pinned on him.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I don’t really get embarrassed about too much (laughing). Everything that could be embarrassing, I just go with it so it doesn’t embarrass me.

What are you afraid of?
What I’m afraid of the most would probably be drowning. I’m not really afraid of anything like human being to human being, but drowning would probably be the worst.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
I would probably like to be a lion – because they’re strong, but they’re still quick, and they are always on the hunt for their next meal.

When did a game become a sport and a sport become a way of life?
Sport became a way of life when I was 12, when wrestling became a sport instead of a game. I’ve wrestled over 2,000 matches.

What matters more: brains or brawn and why?
I would say brains, because even if you have the brawn, you can’t do anything with it unless you have the brains.
You are a 4-time All-American. What does that mean to you?
For me it’s just, in one word to describe it – it’s consistency. There’s more 2-time national champions than 4-time All-Americans.

What advice would you give to any other collegiate wrestler who wanted to go into the MMA?
Find an agent or an agency that’s going to help your needs for right now, because in the long run, you’ll be fine as long as you get the things done that you need to do in the beginning. That’s why I signed with MMA Incorporated, with Jeff Meyer and Mike Roberts and Team Alpha Male.

Reflect on the finest advice you’ve been given.
Something I never forgot was probably my high school coach, Jeff Leonard – he always said, “When everything gets crazy, just close your eyes and block everything out and just have tunnel vision. And whatever your goal is, that’s what you need to focus on. No matter what else is going on in your life, be focused on what’s important to you at that very moment.

Fear is _______.
Fear is an excuse for someone not to accomplish their goals.

If Nike made a slogan for you, what would it be?
Instead of “just do it” make it three words? It might help me with my nickname, too, if I think of something. … The Perfect Storm.

Why do wrestlers let their ears look like chewed up potatoes?
Probably because most of them think it’s cool and they’re teenagers, not wearing their headgear to try to get it, so they get it; it’s not that cool anymore and you can’t get rid of it once it dries up.

During your time at OSU, you amassed a mountain of success. What accomplishment matters most?
Probably my Big-Ten title this past year, because I beat one of the arguably best wrestlers ever in college. Brent Metcalf from Iowa. He had the old-school Iowa style and brought it back to this period.