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Former Sunnyside Standout Roman Bravo-Young of Penn State Pins First College Opponent

Sunnyside High School legendary wrestler Roman Bravo-Young, competing at 133 pounds, pinned his first college opponent today in Penn State’s opener at State College, Pa.

He dominated Kent State’s Tim Rooney in the first two periods before pinning him at the 5:31 mark early in the third.

“I didn’t know what to expect. It was really fun,” Bravo-Young told The Penn State Collegian. “I was a little nervous at first, but once I got going it was fun.”

Bravo-Young started the match with a double-leg takedown midway through the first period to take a 2-0 lead. His lead grew to six points after he sank an arm bar, turning Rooney to the mat for four near-fall points.

He took Rooney to the mat again in the second period and added a point for a stall from Rooney to take a 9-0 lead.

He put Rooney on his back for the pin only 31 seconds into the third period.

“In the second period, I felt him start to get tired,” Bravo-Young told the Collegian. “I wasn’t tired. I could’ve kept going.”

Bravo-Young was undefeated in his high school career at 182-0 in four seasons at Sunnyside, including four state championships.

“This is what they do at Penn State,” Bravo-Young said about the win today. “I don’t really get too confident. (I) just have to keep moving forward.”

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