High School: St. John Bosco, Calif.
Projected Weight Class: 132
About Pico: Last year St. John Bosco High School in California had two of the nation's top freshmen in the Valencia brothers, Zahid and Anthony. Both won state championships. This year the program has another freshman phenom on its hands in Pico. He has been successful in national age group events for several years, but his major coming out performance came last summer in Fargo when he won Cadet National titles in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, and did so in dominant fashion. Pico added a Cadet National folkstyle title this spring, where he went 5-0 with three pins and tw o major decisions. He won 19-7 in the finals. At the California state freestyle tournament this spring, Pico did not surrender a single point and won every match by fall or technical fall. Pico will be a heavy favorite to win double titles again this summer in Fargo to cap off his Cadet Triple Crown.
St. John Bosco coach Omar Delgado on Pico: "Aaron "Cheeks" Pico is a complete phenom in the sport of wrestling. What sets him apart is not only his work ethic, and athletic ability, but his total commitment to the sport of wrestling. Cheeks doesn't just like wrestling, he loves wrestling, and wants to be the best in the world. I am truly blessed to have the Valencia boys and now Aaron "Cheeks" Pico in my wrestling room. Cheeks will push the Valencia boys to be the best, as will the Valencia boys push Cheeks because the commitment they have to living like champions is hard to find in one young man let alone three. I look forward to journeying with him for the next four years."