When Swede Umbach of Auburn had the idea to bring wrestling to the SEC (South Eastern Conference) one of the first schools to jump on board were the Gators of Florida. Starting wrestling in the 1969-1970 season, Florida had success from the get go. In the SEC, the Gators won the 1976 championship, finishing as the runner-up in 75', 77', 78' & 79'. They also won the All Florida Championship (believe it or not this at one time consisted of about 16 teams!) in both 1972 & 1973.
As to why Florida Gator wrestling came to an end after the 1978-1979 season, there's a story that I've ran across more than once during my study of dropped wrestling programs. ---->Allegedly<---- Charlie Pell, not a fan of wrestling, used Title IX as an excuse to ax the wrestling program to free up extra money for football scholarships. Whether this is true or not, I do not know. It's been what I've been told on more than one occasion.
Post college Picozzi coached at Longwood in New York. You may have heard of some of the wrestlers he lead to success. John Lange & Kerry McCoy who both went on to stellar success at Penn State as well as Nick Hall of Old Dominion (a program we lost earlier this season).
126, 134 lbs