Sunnyside senior standout Roman Bravo-Young woke up Sunday morning to some great news. The Penn State commit clicked on the preseason high school rankings put out by Flowrestling and he saw he was the Nation’s top wrestler in the 132-pound division.
“Finally ranked No. 1 in the country!” Bravo-Young told me. Yes, finally!
Bravo-Young is undefeated in his high school career at 130-0 and he is shooting for his fourth consecutive state championship before he heads off to the best college wrestling program the country has to offer. Already a member of Team USA, Bravo-Young is one of the best we have to offer.
He has a summer full of national championships ahead of him but his high school career is already remarkable. It might be impossible for Bravo-Young to finish with the longest win streak in Arizona history, but he could be one of only three in the history of Arizona to win four state championships without losing once. (Marco Groves lost four times as a freshman).
“I have to work hard – bigger target on my back, senior year,” Bravo-Young added. “Gotta make it one for the books”
AZ CONSECUTIVE WINS IN A CAREER
179: Jacob Swift, Deer Valley (2013-16) 4 Championships (Undefeated)
178: Waldo Gutierrez, Morenci (2000-03) 4 Championships (Undefeated)
162: Ryak Finch, Safford (2007-10) 3 Championships
141: Marco Groves, McClintock (2015-17) 3 Championships
130: Roman Bravo-Young, Sunnyside (2015-17) 3 Championships (Undefeated)
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com