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‘Let’s Roll This Back’: 2X National Champion Roman Bravo-Young Returning to Penn State

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Penn State wrestling got a big boost early Monday evening when two-time national champion Roman-Bravo-Young announced via Twitter that he’ll be returning to Happy Valley for his last year of eligibility.

 Young finished this past season with a 22-0 record and a Hodge Trophy nomination. His year climaxed March 19 when he beat Oklahoma State’s Dalton Fix to win the national championship at the 133-pound weight class.

”It’s been over a night since that amazing night in Detroit,” Bravo-Young wrote, “surrounded by fans, friends, coaches and my teammates, winning another title both individually and as a team. When I came to Penn State, a young kid from Tucson, Ariz., who could have imagined that I would become a two-time National Champion, a four-time All-American, and have earned a degree from one of the nation’s most prestigious schools.”

Bravo-Young came to Penn State after finishing his  career at Sunnyside High School 182-0.

After going 44-9 over his first two seasons, Bravo-Young has won all 36 matches over his last two and ended both seasons as a national champion.

”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 have not only grown as a wrestler, but as a person, and that speaks to the greatness of this program. It is a special place.”

Penn State as a team has won nine national titles under coach Cael Sanderson, and Bravo-Young is proud to have contributed to that dominance.

”The history of Penn State is long and storied, and the last decade-plus has been unmatched. To have played a part in what we have accomplished as a team over the years is humbling and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.

“After talking at length with my coaches and my family, it is time for me to do what is best for myself and my future, and I will return to Penn State for my final year of eligibility.”

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