Amuchastegui Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — STANFORD's Nick Amuchastegui has been named the Pac-12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, presented by Toyo Tires, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Friday.

The Talent, Ore., native finished the season 24-1, dropping his only match of the 2012 campaign in the NCAA Final. Amuchastegui concludes his collegiate career with a 118-19 overall record, marking the fourth-best win total for a Stanford wrestler. He competed in four NCAA Championships, reaching the finals on two occasions. The three-time All-American claimed the 2012 Pac-12 Championship for 174 pounds in February.

Amuchastegui, also voted the 2012 Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year, carries a 3.89 GPA as a mechanical engineering graduate student and is a member of the 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic first team. He is also a two-time NCAA Elite 88 Award winner and was the 2011 Capital One/CoSIDA Men's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year.

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are also factored into the voting for the award.

Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo Tires will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year is named in each of the Pac-12's 22 sponsored sports. The Pac-12, in cooperation with corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the "Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires" during the 2008-09 academic year.

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