Five Stanford Wrestlers Earn Pac-10 Academic Honors
April 6, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Five Stanford wrestlers were honored by the Pac-10 when the conference announced its 2009 academic awards today. Redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui, junior Jake Johnson and junior Tyler Parker earned spots on the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, while senior Luke Feist and sophomore Cameron Teitelman were named to the second team.
Amuchastegui, an undeclared major with a 3.93 GPA, finished his redshirt freshman season with a 29-8 record, matching teammate Zack Giesen's 2007 effort as the third-winningest rookie in school history. In the course of his notable freshman campaign, the Talent, Ore. led the team with 75 dual points, was the Pac-10 runner-up at 165 pounds and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. He upended two ranked opponents during the year, including a stunning upset of fifth-seeded Nick Marable in his first career NCAA Championship match.
Johnson earned his second consecutive Pac-10 academic honor after being named to the second team as a sophomore last season. The junior 184-pounder boasts a 3.45 GPA as a management science and engineering major and led the Cardinal with 31 wins and nine major decisions this year. Johnson finished the season with a 31-15 record after posting a career-best third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships.
Parker, whose redshirt junior season was plagued by injury, finished the year with a 4-3 overall record and took sixth place at the Pac-10 Championships. Parker, who was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team as a sophomore in 2007, is a management science and engineering major with a 3.71 GPA.
Feist, a civil engineering major with a 3.02 GPA, was honored for the third consecutive year. After earning honorable mention as a sophomore in 2007, Feist has been a second team selection the last two seasons. The Cardinal senior ended his Stanford career with an 83-64 record, with a 24-15 mark coming during his senior season. A three-time NCAA qualifier and four-time Pac-10 placer, Feist leaves The Farm as the ninth-winningest wrestler in school history.
Teitelman, a management science and engineering major with a 3.39 GPA, went 15-19 and claimed sixth place in the Pac-10. The sophomore posted 19 dual points and three pins as Stanford's starting 141-pounder in 2008-09.
To be eligible for selection to an academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.