Bravo-Young wins Henri Deglane title in France; closing in on Olympics representing Mexico

Roman Bravo-Young (center) won his first senior-level international tournament at the 2024 Henri Deglane Tournament in Nice, France (Bobby Rodriguez photo)

Sunnyside High School graduate Roman Bravo-Young won the 2024 Henri Deglane Wrestling Tournament championship at 57 kilograms (125 pounds) at Nice, France, on Saturday.

Bravo-Young, a four-time state titlist at Sunnyside and two-time national champion at Penn State, was successful in his first senior-level international tournament representing Mexico.

He competed in the weight class that is eight pounds lighter than what he wrestled at with Penn State.

Bravo-Young, 24, won the title Saturday by a 2-1 decision over the United States’ Daniel DeShazer, who wrestled at Nebraska-Kearney.

DeShazer is a two-time NCAA Division II champion who earlier recorded a 10-0 technical fall over DI champion Darian Cruz of Lehigh.

Bravo-Young took a 2-0 lead following two occassions (in the first and second periods) when DeShazer went to the activity clock and failed to score a takedown.

Bravo-Young was hit with a caution plus-one with 1 second left in the match.

His results in the previous matches:

Match 1: 10-0 technical fall over Ben Tarik of Morocco.

Match 2: 14-4 decision over Kael Lauridsen of United States.

Match 3: Won by fall over Diamatino luna Fafe of Great Britain.

Bravo-Young’s next competition will likely be at the Pan-Am Olympic Games Qualifier at Acapulco, Mexico, from Feb. 28 to March 1.

If he makes the finals at that event, he will qualify for the Paris Olympics.

FloWrestling expects Zane Richards of the United States to be Bravo-Young’s primary competitor for the championship in the Pan-Am Games.

Richards, 29, was a gold medalist at the 2023 Pan American Games, as well as the 2023 U.S. National champion.

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