Sunnyside High School graduate Roman Bravo-Young, a freshman at Penn State wrestling as the No. 10 seed at 133 pounds in the NCAA tournament, defeated No. 4 Mickey Phillipi of Pitt 4-3 today in a wrestleback to earn his first career All-American honor.
Bravo-Young won three matches over top 15 wrestlers in the wrestlebacks, otherwise known as the consolation rounds. By winning through Round 4 of the consolation bracket, he earned his All-American status.
Bravo-Young (25-6) placed eighth overall at 133 pounds and scored 5.5 team points for the Nittany Lions as he lost by major decision 22-5 to John Erneste of Missouri later today in his final match.
In the pivotal win over Phillipi, Bravo-Young took down the talented Pitt wrestler twice.
He rebounded strongly in the wrestlebacks after suffering a 7-2 loss to Iowa’s Austin DeSanto on Thursday night in a second-round match of the winner’s bracket.
Bravo-Young took on Cornell’s Charles Tucker (No. 9 seed) in the second round of consolations. He recorded two takedowns, reportedly confusing Tucker with misdirection shots. Bravo-Young beat Tucker 6-3 to remain alive.
In the third round of consolations, Bravo-Young took on Purdue’s Ben Thornton (No. 15 seed), whom Bravo-Young suffered an injury against in the team’s dual match in January. He scored the bout’s first points with a takedown late in the first period. They then traded escapes. Bravo-Young emerged a 3-1 winner in that one before taking on Phillipi.