Five Cardinal Wrestlers Garner Pac-10 All-Academic Honors
March 31, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Five Stanford wrestlers were honored by the Pac-10 when the conference announced its 2010 academic awards today. Redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui, senior Jake Johnson and redshirt senior Tyler Parker earned spots on the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team for the second straight season. Redshirt freshmen Kyler Hasson and Mike Kent were both named to the second team.
Amuchastegui, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.94 GPA, finished his sophomore season with a 34-6 record, marking the best record on the team. The Talent, Ore., native led the team with 64 dual points and was the Pac-10 champion at 165 pounds, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. There, he upended three seeded opponents to place fourth and garner his first career All-America honors. Amuchastegui was also named the NCAA Elite 88 Award winner, given at the championships to the student-athlete with the highest GPA.
Johnson earned his third consecutive Pac-10 academic honor, earning first team honors as a junior and second team accolades as a sophomore in 2008. The senior 174-pounder boasts a 3.44 GPA as a management science and engineering major. Johnson posted a 19-17 record in his final season on The Farm, finishing his career with an 81-54 mark. This season he tallied 30 dual points for the Cardinal, and recorded a major decision, a technical fall and a pin.
Parker finished the year with a 2-11 overall record, competing in 10 duals for Stanford. He won his lone dual match on Senior Day against Cal State Bakersfield. Parker, who has been selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic teams in 2007 and 2009, is a management science and engineering major with a 3.76 GPA.
Hasson, a redshirt freshman, is an undeclared major with a 3.26 GPA. The San Diego, Calif., native placed third at the Menlo Open in early November and registered two wins at the Fullerton Open two weeks later.
Kent is also undeclared at Stanford with a 3.26 GPA. The redshirt freshman began the season with an 8-4 record and picked up two major decision victories and a technical fall. He started the year at 149 pounds, but moved up to the 157 weight class to fill in for an injured teammate. He registered his only win at 157 pounds against Cal State Bakersfield during the final home dual of the season.
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.