Seven Pac-10 Wrestlers Named to NWCA Division I All-Aacdemic Team
May 20, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Seven Pac-10 wrestlers, including ARIZONA STATE's Chris Drouin, BOISE STATE's Adam Hall and Kirk Smith, CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD’s Elijah Nacita and Tyler Iwamura, STANFORD's Nick Amuchastegui and UC Davis’ Ricardo Alcala have been named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I All-Academic Team.
To qualify for the All-Academic team, a wrestler must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, and either been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule - and must have completed in at least 60 percent of said schedule. The other way to qualify for the All-Academic team is to have s 3.0 GPA and been an NCAA All-American.
Drouin, of Temecula, Calif., earned a spot on the team with a 3.36 GPA in justice studies. Drouin, also earning a spot on the 2008 team, was an NCAA qualifier this season in the 141 weight class.
Hall boasts a 3.43 GPA in health science. On the mat, the Bonners Ferry, Idaho, native earned All-America honors at 157 pounds with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Hall also won his first Pac-10 individual title en route to finishing the season with a 32-3 overall record.
Smith, the 2010 Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, nabbed a spot on the academic team with a 3.005 GPA in exercise science. Smith finished the season with a 28-1 overall record, finishing runner-up in the 184 weight class. A native of Boise, Idaho, Smith is one of two NCAA runner-ups to be on the academic team.
Nacita is a business administration major with a 3.43 GPA. Competing at 141 pounds, the Bakersfield, Calif. native compiled a 19-13 overall record, including a fourth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. This marks the second-consecutive year that Nacita has been honored by the NWCA.
Iwamura, a native of San Diego, Calif., was selected to the academic team after earning a 3.62 GPA in business administration. Wrestling at 125 pounds, the redshirt freshman finished the campaign with a 23-10 overall record.
Amuchastegui, a redshirt sophomore, boasts the highest GPA of all Division I wrestlers on the team with a 3.94 GPA in mechanical engineering. The Talent, Ore., native finished the season with a 34-6 overall record, securing Stanford's first Pac-10 Championship and All-America honors since 2008.
Alcala has a 3.233 GPA with a double major in exercise biology and Spanish. The Arvin, Calif., native qualified for his second-straight NCAA Championships after placing third at the Pac-10 Championships. He finished with an overall record of 21-9 and was 13-6 in Pac-10 dual action.