Sunnyside High School graduate Roman Bravo-Young, a junior at Penn State, earned his third straight All-American honor by reaching the NCAA tournament semifinals on Friday morning at St. Louis.
Bravo-Young, the No. 2 seed in the 133-pound class who is now 12-0 this season, won by a 4-1 decision over No. 10 Louie Hayes of Virginia in the quarterfinal match.
Bravo-Young, who won four state titles at Sunnyside and was 182-0 in his career with the Blue Devils, made a first-period takedown stand against Hayes.
He will face Virginia Tech’s Korbin Myers, the No. 3 seed at 11-0, in the semifinal round later Friday. Myers won by a 1-0 decision over sixth-seeded Matt Schmitt of Missouri in their quarterfinal match.
Bravo-Young is 56-9 in his Penn State career and has won 31 of his last 33 matches.
Ironwood Ridge grad Danny Vega Jr. of South Dakota State lost by an 8-6 decision in the 125-pound consolation bracket on Friday against Northwestern’s Michael DeAugustino. Vega concludes the season with a 15-8 record.
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