original photo courtesy of Kelli Shuffler
The Open Mat’s High School Wrestler of the Week Award powered by Adidas goes to Donald Cates of Northern Durham, North Carolina. Cates, who sits just outside the rankings at 160, went 4-1 this weekend at NC State’s Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open to take third at 165 lbs. Along the way he picked up four wins over Division I opponents. His lone loss of the day came to No. 11 Thomas Bullard of North Carolina State. Cates’ finish is a vast improvement from a year ago, where he did not place at the tournament as a high school junior. The senior is a returning state champion who burst onto the national scene in the summer of 2018 when he took third in the Cadet freestyle division in Fargo. Cates has signed to wrestle for NC State at the collegiate level.
Congratulations to Donald Cates, TOM’s High School Wrestler of the Week.