Sunnyside great Roman Bravo-Young wins NCAA championship

Sunnyside High School wrestling legend Roman Bravo-Young can add a national championship to all of his accolades.

The Penn State junior, the No. 2 seed in the 133-pound bracket of the NCAA tournament, defeated top-seed Daton Fix of Oklahoma State by a 4-2 sudden-victory decision on Saturday at St. Louis.

His quick takedown of Fix, an Olympic hopeful last year when he redshirted, in overtime brought him the title.

Roman Bravo-Young is a national champ in his third year at Penn State (NCAA graphic)

“I was hanging on there at the end, but I just moved my feet and hit an angle,” Bravo-Young told ESPN2 about his takedown. “I don’t care what happened in that match. A national title is a national title.

“It feels amazing. I put a lot of work into this. It’s a lot of pressure sometimes but I got it done and now I’m a national champion forever.”

In addition to it being his first national title, he also became the first Nittany Lion to earn a national title at the 133-pound weight class.

Bravo-Young, 14-0 this season and 58-9 in his career at Penn State, also won his first Big Ten title this year.

He was a four-time state champion at Sunnyside, where he finished with a 182-0 record.


ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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