California wrestler Aaron Pico notched another big win, this time in the Gold Medal Finals (63 kg / 138.75 lbs weight class) of the Cadet World Championships.
Pico beat Yuji Fujinami of Japan 8-6 in the championship. A series of take-downs gave Pico the lead and kept Fujinami on the defensive.
“Nothing really changed in the final. I met with my coach and stuck with my game plan, which was to attack and get the guy tired. He was a good opponent and he didn’t get tired. I was able to score during some situations and that was the difference in the match. There is a big difference wrestling internationally and wrestling in the United States. Fortunately I got the win. I am super happy, and overall, I think I did good,” said Pico.
Pico, however, was the only american to come home with a gold medal at this year’s Cadet World Championship’s in Serbia.
Pico’s 2013 Cadet World Championship Journey
Opened with a dominant 7-0 technical fall win (1:41) over Adilbek Osmonaliev of Kyrgystan.
Second round was a hotly contested match with Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan. Mammadov was up 1-0 after the first period, but Pico got ahead in the 2nd with a two-point takedown for the deciding score.
The quarterfinals were favorable for Pico as he got the win over Maxim Carabadjac of Moldova. The technical fall came in 1:45 (10-2).
Pico had another comeback in store for Vikas Vikas of India in the Semi-Finals. Pico fell behind 4-0 at the half. In the 2nd, Pico turned up the intensity with four take-downs for the final score of 8-4.
Pico’s victory is added to an already great year with three freestyle national titles; the FILA Cadet Nationals in Akron Ohio, the FILA Junior Nationals in Las Vegas Nevada, and the Fargo Junior Nationals in Fargo ND.