On a day that saw the football team upset No. 2 Ohio State and the men’s hockey team top No. 3 Notre Dame in overtime, Penn State wrestling had some news of its own.
Travis Wittlake Jr. and Roman Bravo-Young each verbally committed to the Nittany Lions on Saturday in an interview with FloWrestling. Both will be a part of the 2018 class, joining Joe Lee from Indiana to give Penn State three of the top 10 wrestlers in the class.
Wittlake chose Penn State over Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Oregon State and Iowa State. Bravo-Young had Arizona State, Oregon State, North Carolina and Nebraska in his top five. Both competed on the Cadet World team.
Bravo-Young, who is rated No. 5 in the country, according to FloWrestling, will make the cross-country trek from powerhouse Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Ariz. The Blue Devils have won 31 of the last 33 state team titles.
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Bravo-Young said he chose Penn State because of its “prestigious background” and coach Cael Sanderson.
“When Cael Sanderson tells you he wants you to wrestle for him and wants to take care of you, why say no?” Bravo-Young said via phone on Sunday. “It will help me past the NCAA level.”
Bravo-Young, who wrestles at 126 pounds, is 83-0 and a two-time state champion. Bravo-Young is projected to wrestle at 133 or 141 pounds at the collegiate level.
Bravo-Young knows it’s early in the recruiting stage, but it didn’t stop him from making his decision.
“I wanted to get it over with,” he said. “I’m not big on attention. Coaches were texting me everyday. I talked to everybody and they thought it was good for me.”
Wittlake wrestles for Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Ore. and is ranked No. 4 in the country by FloWrestling. He is a two-time state champion and is projected to wrestle at 184 or 197 pounds in college.
His decision to join the Nittany Lions was simple.
“Cael was a big factor in it,” Wittlake said to FloWrestling. “Growing up, Cael’s kind of been the guy I watched a lot of video on. I kind of replicated my style. He’s been one of my idols. When he called, it was a big honor for me.”