dubbed Dave as a "friend, father, husband, teammate and great champion," and rightfully so. He was praised by his peers in wrestling for being "cunning" and for having a "great technique"; moreover, he was described as the "most technical wrestler that America ever had."
was the 1983 World Champion in the sport, and a year later, he took home the gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympic Games in the men's freestyle. He was the older brother of Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz
. Mark wrote about his life and experiences with Dave in his award-winning book Foxcatcher
, which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film starring Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz, and Steve Carell as the eccentric millionaire John du Pont.
The late wrestler is a member of the following Hall of Fames: National Wrestling Hall of Fame, California Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, and most recently, the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame