Sunnyside four-time champion Roman Bravo-Young of Penn State will attempt to win his third consecutive Big Ten title Sunday as the No. 1 seed of the 133-pound class when he faces No. 6 Aaron Nagao of Minnesota.
Bravo-Young won by a decision of 8-2 over No. 5 Dylan Ragusin of Michigan in one of the semifinal matches Saturday while Nagao upset No. 2 Jesse Mendez of Ohio State in sudden victory (6-4 score).
The championship round begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Tucson time.
In Bravo-Young’s win over Ragusin, he prevailed after taking a 4-1 lead going into the second period. He chose down to start the second period and he escaped to increase the lead to 5-1.
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Another takedown that apparently gave Bravo-Young a 7-1 lead with less than a minute to go in the second period was overruled by the refs after a video review and Bravo-Young led 5-1 going to the third period.
Ragusin chose down to start the third, and he escapes to narrow the lead to 5-2. Bravo-Young pulled away to the 8-2 win.
In an earlier quarterfinal match Saturday, Bravo-Young defeated No. 8 Brody Teske of Iowa with a major decision of 12-2.
Bravo-Young, 95-19 in his five-year Penn State career, is on a 51-match winning streak dating to his sophomore season of 2019-20. He is wrestling for a fifth year because of COVID-19 restrictions in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Already a four-time All-American, Roman Bravo-Young has qualified for the NCAA tournament field in Tulsa from March 16-18. He will attempt to close his college career by winning three straight NCAA titles.
He went 189-0 with his four individual championships in his Sunnyside career from 2014-18.