Amuchastegui Upsets No. 6 Seed In NCAA First Round

March 18, 2010

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OMAHA, Neb. - Stanford sophomore 165-pounder Nick Amuchastegui upset third-seeded Nick Marable of Missouri for the second straight year in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb. Amuchastegui will move on to tonight's second round, which begins at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Amuchastegui, the Pac-10's automatic qualifier at 165 pounds, has once again knocked Marable (33-4) out of the championship bracket. The sophomore earned a 4-1 decision over the Tiger senior to capture his second career NCAA Championship victory. Last season, Amuchastegui stunned Marable, then the No. 6 seed, in the first round with a 5-2 decision.

The win was the 31st of the year for Amuchastegui, and the 60th in his young career. The Talent, Ore., has accrued the most wins on the team this season.

In tonight's second round, Amuchastegui will take on Maryland's Josh Asper, a redshirt freshman who advanced with a 5-1 decision over Stephen Burak of Penn. The pair will battle for a trip to the championship quarterfinals on Friday. Prior to his second round match, Amuchastegui will be honored with the first annual NCAA Wrestling Elite 88 Award, given to the individual with the highest GPA in the national tournament. The sophomore is a mechanical engineering major at Stanford with a 3.94 GPA.

The first round was not as kind to Stanford's other three NCAA qualifiers. Freshman Ryan Mango and juniors Justin Paulsen and Zack Giesen all fell in their opening round matches.

Facing the No. 5 seed at 125 pounds, Mango (24-14) dropped an 8-2 decision to Iowa State's Andrew Long. The St. Louis, Mo., native will face Harvard rookie Steven Keith (20-11) for a chance to continue his run at the championships on Thursday evening.

Paulsen, wrestling in his first NCAA Championships, fell to the tournament's No. 6 seed at 133 pounds. Dan Mitcheff of Kent State registered a 12-1 major decision to advance to the second round. Paulsen (23-14) is now matched up with Wyoming senior Cory VomBaur (18-9), who he will face in the wrestlebacks Thursday evening.

Giesen, competing in his third NCAA Championships, was pinned for the first time this season. Maxwell Askren (16-2) of Missouri, the tournament's No. 6 seed at 184 pounds, recorded a fall in 1:38 to eliminate Giesen (30-6) from the championship bracket. Giesen will wrestle Oklahoma redshirt freshman Erich Schmditke tonight to keep his season alive.

Action at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships continues Friday, Mar. 19, with the quarterfinals in the morning followed by the semifinals in the evening.

Stanford Results
NCAA Championships
Omaha, NB
March 18, 2010

125 pounds
No. 5 Andrew Long (Iowa State) dec. Ryan Mango (0-1), 8-2

133 pounds
No. 6 Dan Mitcheff (Kent State) maj. dec. Justin Paulsen (0-1), 12-1

165 pounds
Nick Amuchastegui (1-0): dec. No. 3 Nick Marable (Missouri), 4-1

184 pounds
No. 6 Maxwell Askren (Missouri) fall 1:38 Zack Giesen (0-1)

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