Amuchastegui, Johnson Recognized For Academic Achievements

May 10, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford wrestling team was listed among the nation's best academic programs when the National Wrestling Coaches Association announced its annual Division I All-Academic Top-30 and individual all-academic wrestling teams for the 2009-10 season. Stanford came in sixth among all Division I programs with a 3.189 GPA.

Redshirt sophomore Nick Amuchastegui sat atop NWCA Academic All-America team. The Talent, Ore., native boasted the highest GPA of all Division I wrestlers, holding a 3.949 in mechanical engineering.

Senior Jake Johnson was also recognized this week, earning the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for wrestling, presented by Toyo Tires. Johnson is a management science and engineering major with a 3.44 GPA.

Amuchastegui has also been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team for the second straight season and earned the first annual NCAA Elite 88 Award, given to the wrestler with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships. He finished his redshirt sophomore season with a 34-6 record. In the course of the season, Amuchastegui secured Stanford's first Pac-10 Championship and All-America honors since 2008. He led the team with 64 dual points, captured the conference title at 165 pounds and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships in Omaha, Neb. His fourth-place finish was the highest for a Cardinal at NCAAs since now assistant coach Matt Gentry won the 157 pound crown in 2004.

Johnson went 19-17 in his final year on The Farm and claimed sixth place in the Pac-10 this season. One of the Cardinal's co-captains, the senior 174-pounder ended his career one win shy of breaking into Stanford's top-10 career wins list, recording an 84-51 career record. He was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection for the second consecutive year, and garnered a conference academic award in each of the three seasons an athlete is eligible.

For the NWCA, the team GPA is comprised of 12 student athletes, including the 10 wrestlers that were entries in the NCAA tournament conference qualifier. If teams had less than 10 entries for their respective qualifier, they may fill those spots with wrestlers that competed in at least one varsity dual during the season.

Individually, wrestlers must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, been an NCAA qualifier or won 60 percent of his total schedule - and must have competed in at least 60 percent of the team's schedule. The other way to qualify is to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be an NCAA All-American.

The 2009-10 NWCA Academic All-Americans are highlighted by a total of 61 NCAA qualifiers, 23 NCAA All-Americans, seven NCAA finalists and five NCAA champions. In total 74 individuals representing 45 schools were honored.


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