Freshman wrestler Diego Sanchez has been named the 2018-19 Rio Hondo College Male Athlete of the Year after an impressive debut season for the Roadrunners.

Sanchez capped a standout first year with the Roadrunners by placing sixth in the 285-pound weight division at the CCCAA Wrestling State Championships.

On his way, he compiled a 32-9 overall record, placing in every major tournament on the season. His third-place finish at the Southern California Regional Championships secured his spot at the state tournament.

"Diego's hard work, dedication, and leadership warranted him being elevated to team captain even as a freshmen," said Rio Hondo wrestling head coach Mike Tellez.

Sanchez was also a standout in the classroom as he earned Academic All-American honors. He holds the distinction of being the first in his family to attend college.

Sanchez is the second consecutive wrestler to earn the honor. James Schmidt was the 2017-18 Athlete of the Year.