Wrestling: Cameron Picklo earns All-American Honors

Mustang sophomore-to-be finishes in top-8 at USA Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman National Championships

Mustang’s Cameron Picklo has taken his “lumps” dad and coach Brian Picklo said. But after his All-American run in the 2016 USA Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman National Championships in Fargo, South Dakota last week, it’s a different story.

Mustang's Cameron Picklo finished in the top-8 at the 2016 USA Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman National Championships last week. (Photo/Courtesy)

Mustang’s Cameron Picklo finished in the top-8 at the 2016 USA Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman National Championships last week. (Photo/Courtesy)

“It’s the perfect example of what we are trying to teach and promote,” Brian said. “If you stay with it, you will be a champion.”

Cameron finished in the top-8, earning All-American status after pinning Derek Ramos (Idaho), to advance to the quarterfinals. His run also included wins over Fletcher Simones (Texas) and Adam Arenas (California) in the 62-man bracket.

“Cam has had a rough go for a long time,” Brian said. “He still hasn’t won a state championship and he’s kind of always been that fringe wrestler. But he works super hard and has a great attitude about wanting to get better. He turned a corner here. It illustrates hard work and perseverance.”

Greco-Roman is similar to freestyle wrestling however the biggest differences come with the lower body. With Greco-Roman, wrestlers are limited to mainly using their upper body as with freestyle they are able to use more, lower-half moves.

“Cam’s judo background allows him to be better with Greco-Roman,” Brian said. “He’s getting great experience from it and really we as coaches want them to be good in both styles because it opens new techniques. Those who can use Greco-Roman can catch people off guard with good fundamentals.”

Picklo will be competing in the USA Wrestling Cadet Freestyle National Championships, along with teammate Trey Edwards who is competing in the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Championships this week in Fargo.

“Trey has been putting in a lot of extra work and has been training twice a week since May,” Brian said. “He’s the type of guy that just wrestles his butt off and is really driven. He wrestles until the final whistle no matter the score, just trying to rack up points. I expect him to be on that podium.”

As for Brian’s pride in Cameron’s All-American breakthrough?

“Absolutely I’m proud,” he said. “Hard work pays off and there’s no way a dad can be prouder when it’s his kid that shows it.”

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