Nick Piccininni took the first step in his post-Oklahoma State career by signing with Zinkin MMA on Friday.
Piccininni, who a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler and four-time Big 12 champion at 125 pounds, announced the signing on Instagram. The East Setauket, New York native went 26-2 during his redshirt senior season and received the No. 3 seed for the NCAA Championships before it was canceled along with all winter and spring sports due to the coronavirus. In January, he became the 44th Cowboy in OSU history to reach the 100-win milestone and he finished his career with a 110-17 record.
Piccininni is the second former Cowboy to sign with Zinkin MMA in less than a month after Jacobe Smith inked a deal with the company. Piccininni and Smith will train at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, with fellow OSU alums Daniel Cormier and Kyle Crutchmer. Cormier also announced on Instagram that Piccininni and Smith will join his coaching staff at Gilory High School, which finished in seventh place in the team race in this past season’s California state Championships.
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I wanna give a big welcome to California and @zinkinsportsmanagement to @cobe1423 and @nickypich96. We are so excited about these two young men and their future in MMA. Quality, not quantity is what we try and strive for at Zinkin. I’m also really excited about having these dudes join us in the @gilroywrestling room. We won titles at @cowboywrestling when we had coaches to wrestle all the athletes and now we have this. Congrats fellas and can’t wait to get to work with you boys!!!! #weareAKA #zinkinsportsmanagement #gilroywrestling @danielcormier_akawrestling