Four for Four

A perfect night for a quartet of finalists gave Penn State four titles at the NCAA wrestling championships.

Penn State wrestlers in uniform

Roman Bravo-Young never lost sight of his goal last season, taking time to write down “133-pound NCAA champion” every day since January. The
day of his NCAA Championship title match, he wrote it down 50 times for good measure. The power of positive thinking translated onto the mat, as
the junior walked away with his first national championship.

Bravo-Young (above, second from right) was one of four Nittany Lions to reach the finals at the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis in March—and all four won national crowns. Bravo-Young was joined by senior Nick Lee (second from left) at 141, freshman Carter Starocci (left) at 174 pounds, and sophomore Aaron Brooks (right) at 184 pounds. “This is what we train for,” Bravo-Young said after his win. “Adding an NCAA championship to your name is legendary, and it’s something that no one
forgets.”

Penn State, which qualified nine wrestlers for the NCAA tournament, finished runner-up to Iowa in the team standings. The program now boasts 48 national champions all time, 27 of them during head coach Cael Sanderson’s 12 years in charge.