Sunnyside High School Wrestling Legend Roman Bravo-Young Selected First-Team All-American at Penn State

The National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced the 2020 Division I All-American teams and former Sunnyside standout Roman Bravo-Young, a sophomore at Penn State, is among them for the second straight season.

Bravo-Young, who wrestles at 133 pounds, went 19-2 this season and was one of the favorites to win at that class in the NCAA tournament. That competition was canceled, however, because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State photo)
First-team All-Americans at 133 pounds

Bravo-Young was at first critical of the NCAA for not allowing winter sport athletes another year of eligibility because the championships were canceled. One of his goals when he started his Penn State career last season was to be a four-time All-American. He earned that status at last year’s NCAA competition by finishing in the top 8 of his weight class.

Each year, the NWCA recognizes All-Americans based on their achievements in the national championship. Because of the cancellation of the NCAA competition, All-American honors were based on each wrestler’s overall body of work through the conference tournaments and up to the national championships.


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