Penn State wrestling landed huge news with its wrestling team on Monday. Two-time national champion Roman Bravo-Young has announced plans to return for a final season with the Nittany Lions. Bravo-Young, who was considering leaving school for freestyle wrestling and a potential MMA career, will manage it in 2022-23.
Bravo-Young defeated Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix for the second time in the NCAA Finals in March. Bravo-Young became a four-time All-American at the 2022 NCAA Tournament and was able to win his second national title.
He released an impassioned statement announcing his return for one final season.
“It’s been over a month since that incredible night in Detroit, surrounded by fans, friends, coaches and my teammates, winning another title both individually and as a team,” Bravo-Young said. “When I came to Penn State, a young boy from Tuscon, Arizona, who could have imagined that I would become a two-time national champion, four-time All-American, and graduate from one of the most great prestigious schools. Over a month ago, that Saturday night in Detroit was the culmination of so much hard work, determination and support. During my time at Penn State, I not only grew as a as a wrestler, but as a person, and that’s a testament to the greatness of this program. It’s a special place.
“The history of wrestling at Penn State is long and storied, and the past decade-plus has been unmatched. To have played a part in what we have achieved as a team over the years is humbling and I am forever grateful for this opportunity.
“After talking extensively with my coaches and my family, it’s time for me to do what’s best for me and my future and I will be returning to Penn State for my final year of eligibility. How could I pass up a opportunity to compete for another individual crown and bring another team title back to Penn State?
Bravo-Young is 81-9 in his career, reaching the NCAA podium three times and was named an NWCA All-American in 2020 after the tournament was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Bravo-Young hasn’t lost a game since losing in the 2020 Big Ten Finals to Sebastian Rivera, who was at Northwestern at the time before moving to Rutgers. This loss of 133 pounds is one of the few for Bravo-Young during his career.
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He is coming off back-to-back undefeated seasons with national titles for Penn State. Going forward, Bravo-Young is looking to become the fifth three-time champion in program history, joining Bo Nickal, Jason Nolf, Ed Ruth and Zain Retherford.