Groovygrove is his nickname and wrestling is his game.
David grew up in Havertown and attended The Haverford School where he lettered in soccer, lacrosse and especially wrestling. Haverford’s wrestling team won the InterAcademic Championship for three consecutive years, 1968-70.
At the University of Pennsylvania Dave wrestled all four years (1970-74) and captained the team in 1974. He was All Ivy League for two years in the 126 pound weight competition.
David participated in four Maccabiah Games in Israel: In 1973, he won a Gold Medal in Greco-Roman (125-1/2 pound class); in 1977, the 10th games, he won Silver, and for the 11th and 12th games (1977 and 1981), he coached the wrestling team.
In 1976 he was a finalist and finished as one of the top six of all wrestlers in the country qualifying for the Montreal Olympic Games.
Besides his many athletic accomplishments, he is most proud of helping to organize the first Philadelphia Youth Maccabiah team to participate in the first North American Maccabiah Games. In 1984 Philadelphia sent fifty to sixty young athletes to Detroit for the first set of Games. Philadelphia now sends close to 200 teens each year to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games