Pac-12 Announces Year-End Wrestling Awards

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a vote of the six Conference coaches, STANFORD 174-pounder Nick Amuchastegui has been unanimously named the 2012 Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year, CAL POLY 165-pounder Dominic Kastl has been voted Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and Jim Zalesky of OREGON STATE is the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday.

AMUCHASTEGUI finished the season 24-1, dropping his only match of the 2012 campaign in the NCAA Final. He is the second Cardinal to be named Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year, with Matt Gentry earning the honor in 2004. The senior concludes his collegiate career with a 118-19 overall record, marking the fourth-best win total for a Stanford wrestler. Amuchastegui competed in four NCAA Championships, reaching the finals on two occasions. The three-time All-American also won the 2012 Pac-12 Championship for 174 pounds.

KASTL claimed the 165-pound title at the Pac-12 Championships in February and went 2-2 at the NCAA Wrestling Championships to finish the season with a 14-5 record. He is the third Mustang voted Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, joining Ryan Halsey (2003) and Darrell Vasquez (2004). Kastl went undefeated against Conference opponents this season and fell to the eventual fourth-place finisher at the NCAA Championships.

ZALESKY guided the Beavers to their second Pac-12 Championship in two years and sent a Conference-high eight wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in March. This is Zalesky's second Pac-12 Coach of the Year honor, with his first coming in 2010. He is the fourth Oregon State coach to receive the honor, joining Dale Thomas (1976, 1977, 1983, 1984), Mark Johnson (1992) and Joe Wells (1994, 1995). Zalesky produced four Conference champions and three All-Americans this season. He also led the Beavers to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, posting the program's best finish since 2001, when OSU placed 18th.

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