ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Diego Gutierrez

Asheboro, wrestling

Gutierrez is making his senior season a special one as he heads to the state tournament.

He’s coming off the Class 3-A Midwest Regional championship at 120 pounds.

During the two-day meet at North Davidson, Gutierrez won all four matches. That included a 5-2 decision against Mark Truman of West Rowan in the title bout.

He began the regional with a first-period pin of Peyton Hinson of South Rowan. Then came an 8-6 decision against North Iredell’s Andrew Cockerham and a 3-1 decision against Takota Tala of Parkwood in the semifinal.

Gutierrez, who was a state qualifier at 126 pounds last year, enters the state tournament with a 37-1 record this season.

He was an all-conference selection for boys’ soccer in the Mid-Piedmont Conference in the fall.

By Randolph Record