Amuchastegui Secures All-America Honors At NCAA Championships

March 19, 2010

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OMAHA, Neb. - Sophomore Nick Amuchastegui remains alive at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. The Talent, Ore., native has already secured himself at least a top-six finish with an opportunity to place as high as third at 165 pounds on Saturday.

Amuchastegui dropped his quarterfinal match to sixth-seeded Dan Vallimont of Penn State, 5-2, Friday morning to drop into the consolation bracket. In the evening session, Amuchastegui defeated his second seeded opponent of the tournament with a 2-0 decision over No. 5 Colt Sponseller of Ohio State. The win guarantees him All-America honors.

Amuchastegui is now 33-5 on the season and will face the No. 7 seed, Iowa's Ryan Morningstar, Saturday morning for a chance to advance to the third-place match.

Stanford's other three NCAA qualifiers, freshman Ryan Mango and juniors Justin Paulsen and Zack Giesen, all fell out of the tournament on Friday.

Mango dropped his consolation match to second-seeded Troy Nickerson of Cornell at 125 pounds. Nickerson recorded a fall in 3:13 for the victory. Mango ends his rookie campaign with a 25-15 record, tying for the fifth-most wins by a freshman in Cardinal history.

In the consolation round at 133 pounds, Ohio State freshman Ian Paddock posted an 11-2 major decision to knock Paulsen out the of the tournament. He ends his junior season with a 24-15 record, including his first-career NCAA Championship victory.

Giesen began the day with a 10-4 decision over Wisconsin's Travis Rutt at 184 pounds to advance in the consolation bracket. However, the junior was pinned by Cornell's Steve Bosak in the next round to end his third appearance at the NCAA Championships with a 2-2 record.

Action at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships continues Saturday, Mar. 20, with the finals at 10 a.m. CT on ESPNU.

Stanford Results
NCAA Championships
Omaha, NB

125 pounds
No. 5 Andrew Long (Iowa State) dec. Ryan Mango (0-1), 8-2
Ryan Mango (1-1) fall 3:56 Steven Keith (Harvard)
Troy Nickerson (Cornell) fall 3:13 Ryan Mango (1-2)

133 pounds
No. 6 Dan Mitcheff (Kent State) maj. dec. Justin Paulsen (0-1), 12-1
Justin Paulsen (1-1) tech. fall Cory VomBaur (Wyoming), 16-1
Ian Paddock (Ohio State) maj. dec. Justin Paulsen (1-2), 11-2

165 pounds
Nick Amuchastegui (1-0) dec. No. 3 Nick Marable (Missouri), 4-1
Nick Amuchastegui (2-0) dec. Josh Asper (Maryland), 4-2
No. 6 Dan Vallimont (Penn State) dec. Nick Amuchastegui (2-1), 5-2
Nick Amuchastegui (3-1) dec. No. 5 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State), 2-0

184 pounds
No. 6 Maxwell Askren (Missouri) fall 1:38 Zack Giesen (0-1)
Zack Giesen (1-1) dec. Erich Schmditke (Oklahoma), 4-3
Zack Giesen (2-1) dec. Travis Rutt (Wisconsin), 10-4
Steve Bosak (Cornell) fall 0:31 Zack Giesen (2-2)

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