For as ridiculously fast as he moves on a wrestling mat, Penn State’s Roman Bravo-Young has a well-earned reputation as being one of the most calm competitors in the sport. He has a good handle on big moments and embodies the “Penn State Way” of staying within himself, sticking with his plan and wrestling freely. RBY is a prime example of it, but he seems to share that quality with the entire Penn State practice room.
Coach Cael Sanderson certainly ranks among the nation’s elite in terms of how he and his staff evaluate and recruit top talent. The Lions’ technique is airtight and they are masterful at winning all the little moments that so often win the biggest matches. But as much as anything else, the math suggests the program’s dominance in NCAA wrestling has just as much to do with the mental side of the sport.