Mustang’s Tate and Trinity Picklo – Character Counts Presented by Excel Therapy

Hard work pays off has been a motto in the Picklo family. And Tate and Trinity Picklo of Mustang High School continue to reap great benefits from their efforts.

Tate committed to wrestle at the University of Oklahoma while his twin sister, Trinity, committed to play soccer at Oklahoma State University. Both committed before their junior seasons began.

“I knew I wanted to stay pretty close to home, and with my dad [Brian] coaching me my entire life, I wanted to stay close so he could still be a part of my college journey.”

“I just loved the OSU program,” Trinity said. “They have amazing coaches, I love the girls on the team, and I just loved everything about it.”

However, Tate and Trinity weren’t the first of the Picklo siblings to compete at the Division I level. The oldest sibling, Cameron, wrestled at Cornell this past season before transferring to OU soon after Tate committed.

“It’s been a really cool progression from starting these sports out as fun, and now we’re going to continue at the collegiate level,” Tate said. “Seeing how these sports have changed our lives is pretty cool.”

Although Tate and Trinity decided on their collegiate careers, they have two more years to continue adding to their accolades at Mustang. Last season, Tate emerged as one of the top high school wrestlers in the state after an undefeated season (43-0), winning the Class 6A state title at 160 pounds. This summer, Tate was a two-time Fargo All-American, placing third in the Greco-Roman and freestyle tournaments.

At the start of his junior year, Tate was asked to take on a new challenge. This past Fall, Tate competed on the Mustang coed cheer team where they finished 5th overall at state and were named 6A Academic State Champions.

“I’ve always tumbled and done gymnastics when I was younger,” Tate said. “Some of the girls and the coach came to me to see if I would try it.”

“It was a really different experience for me,” he continued. “I’m used to getting out on stages and fighting people. I told some of the girls that I was more nervous in my first year of cheer competition than I was competing in my first state wrestling tournament. It wasn’t something I was comfortable with yet, so it was pretty nerve-wracking. So, doing something out of my comfort zone was pretty cool.”

Trinity is a wing on the Lady Broncos soccer team, which finished as runner ups in the 6A State Championship game last season. Mustang has finished as runner ups for two-straight seasons as Trinity looks to lead the Lady Broncos to their first state title.

While Trinity competes on the Mustang soccer team, she also competes on the Lady Broncos Track & Field team where she runs in the 100m and 300m hurdles. In her first two seasons, Trinity placed 4th as a freshman and 5th as a sophomore at state in the 100m hurdles.

Despite their busy schedules, Tate and Trinity are just as focused in the classroom as both Tate and Trinity have over a 4.0 GPA.

Once Tate sets foot in Norman, he plans to study sports medicine. During her time in Stillwater, Trinity plans to study elementary education.

“I’ve always been interested in some sort of medical field,” Tate said. “Either an orthopedic surgeon or a sports-related doctor to work with wrestlers and other athletes.”

“I want to be a role model for kids,” Trinity said. “Whenever they grow up, I want them to think about their old teachers and think about the impact I would have.”