Penn State Wrestling: Roman Bravo-Young season prediction … undefeated again?

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Continuing our weekly Penn State Wrestling prediction series by looking at Roman Bravo-Young and how we predict his 2021-2022 season will go

Last week we took a stab at how we think Penn State Wrestling’s Greg Kerkvliet’s season will play out, and now we’re onto the first of the four Nittany Lions‘ NCAA Champions from last season; Roman Bravo-Young.

As before, this weekly series is going to focus on the following areas:
1) Biggest key to success in 2021-2022 season
2) Expectations for 2021-2022 season
3) Bold prediction for 2021-2022 season

There’s nothing to it but to do it, so here’s our prediction for Penn State Wrestling standout Roman Bravo-Young!

Penn State Wrestling’s Roman Bravo-Young’s key to success in 2021-2022

Roman Bravo-Young is an immensely talented wrester and it was on full display last year as he won his first B1G title and first NCAA title. So obviously the key to his upcoming season is to continue to win matches.

But let’s to take his key to success a step further … And I’m going to tilt this slightly towards helping the Nittany Lions’ team goals. Which is to not only win individual titles but to also win team titles.

Without looking these numbers up, do you know RBY’s bonus point percentage from last season and for his career?

Let me give you a list of some of the all time Penn State greats and their career bonus point percentages:
-Jason Nolf 83%
-Bo Nickal 72%
-Zain Retherford 74%
-Mark Hall 62%

And now back to Bravo-Young. His bonus point percentage last season was 36% and his career bonus point percentage is 41%.

For him to take the next leap from “Great Wrestler” to “Elite Wrestler”, it would be nice to see RBY increase the number of matches which end with bonus points. This will not only be a key to Bravo-Young’s success in the upcoming season, but this will also be a key to the Nittany Lions’ team success.

On a side note, RBY had a bout of MRSA back in late July 2021. Obviously a key to every wrestler’s season is to stay healthy, so hopefully Bravo-Young was able to get through this and be ready for the season.

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