Decorated Sunnyside wrestler Roman Bravo-Young has an opportunity to prove he is the country’s best wrestler this weekend as he will be competing in the coveted “Who’s #1’ meet in Pennsylvania.
Bravo-Young is currently the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the country and on Saturday he will be matched against current No. 1 ranked wrestler, Gavin Teasdale, to determine who gets the honors of the nation’s top billing.
“Being No. 1 one in the country would be pretty cool,” Bravo-Young said. “Imagine that, a kid from Arizona.”
Bravo-Young is a a three-time national champion. The sophomore is a defending state champion with the Blue Devils and, last year, was named the Arizona Republic’s state-wide prep wrestler of the year.
The ‘Who’s #1’ meet is held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and draws the top two high school wrestlers at each weight class from across the country to face off.
Wrestlers will have one match to decide who is truly the best and getting invited to the prestigious meet is a huge honor for high school wrestlers.
There are 11 matchups total at the invitational and Bravo-Young will be wrestling in the fourth bout, at 113 pounds. Despite his loaded resumé, he will be considered the underdog against the top-ranked Teasdale, a Pennsylvania state champion.
Bravo-Young has never wrestled Teasdale before and says he expects a challenge on Saturday.
“Of course he is going to be tough,” Bravo-Young said. “He wouldn’t be No. 1 for no reason.”
Bravo-Young has been training hard for the dual meet. He's been on a workout regimen that includes 6 a.m. runs, nutritional meetings and partner work twice a day to improve his positioning and footwork.
Bravo-Young said that he has been watching a lot of film on Teasdale and is well prepared for this weekends match.
“I’ve watched him wrestle," he said. "I know what to expect and I’m ready."
Naturally, Bravo-Young wants to win the meet for everyone who has supported him along the way.
“I want to do it for my mom and everyone. I want to make everyone happy on Saturday,” Bravo-Young said.
After the tournament this weekend Bravo-Young said he'll shift his focus onto his sophomore season at Sunnyside. He plans on going up a couple of weight classes either to 120 or 126 pounds.
“Going up some weight classes will be good for me," Bravo-Young said. "I can get some more competition."