Sunnyside graduate and Penn State NCAA champion Roman Bravo-Young is in contention for the prestigious Dan Hodge Trophy awarded each year to the nation’s best wrestler.
The trophy, wrestling’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, is presented at the end of the season by W.I.N. Magazine and Culture House.
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Bravo-Young, a four-time state champion with an 182-0 record during his Sunnyside career, won the 133-pound NCAA title Saturday as a junior with the Nittany Lions.
Bravo-Young defeated Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix 4-2 in a sudden-victory outcome in overtime. It is his first NCAA championship. Bravo-Young also became a three-time All-American by reaching the NCAA semifinal round.
The Hodge Trophy is named after Danny Hodge, an outstanding wrestler for Oklahoma from 1955-57. Hodge was a three-time NCAA champion who went undefeated, with a record of 46-0, in intercollegiate competition, and then went on to have a successful professional career.
There have been four multiple winners of the Hodge Trophy, including Cael Sanderson, who won the award three times at Iowa State. Sanderson coaches Bravo-Young at Penn State.