Sunnyside graduate Roman Bravo-Young, a Penn State junior, won his first two matches Thursday in the 133-pound class, advancing to the NCAA wrestling quarterfinals at St. Louis.
In the morning in a first round match, Bravo-Young, the No. 2 seed at 133 pounds who is now 11-0 this season, defeated Appalachian State’s Sean Carter, the No. 31 seed, by technical fall. He won 20-5 with a late takedown in the third period.
In a second-round match later in the day, Bravo-Young defeated Big Ten foe Kyle Burwick, the No. 18 seed from Wisconsin, with an 11-3 major decision.
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Bravo-Young will next wrestle No. 10 Louie Hayes of Virginia in the quarterfinals on Friday. Hayes is 12-4 after a 6-4 overtime victory over Illinois’ Lucas Byrd.
Ironwood Ridge grad Danny Vega Jr. of South Dakota State lost his first-round matchup in the 125-pound bracket to Michigan’s Dylan Ragusin by a 13-10 decision. Vega is the No. 22 seed and Ragusin is at No. 11.
Vega (15-7) went on to beat No. 27 Gage Curry of American by technical fall 21-4 in the consolation bracket. After an escape, Vega recorded a takedown and then a 4-point near-fall to build a 14-4 lead.
He moves on to wrestle Michael DeAugustino of Northwestern in the next consolation round.
In Bravo-Young’s win over Burwick, he took a 2-1 lead midway through the first period and turned that into a 4-1 lead with a second takedown in the final seconds of the period. He notched a reversal to take a 6-1 lead and ended the second stanza with another late takedown to carry an 8-2 lead into the third period.
Burwick chose down to start the third period and Bravo-Young worked his riding time edge up over 1:00. Bravo-Young used a late takedown in the third period and 1:22 in riding time for the 11-3 major decision.
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