Amuchastegui places fourth, garners first All-America honors

OMAHA, Neb. — Sophomore 165-pounder Nick Amuchastegui, a former Phoenix High standout, finished fourth at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday.

The Talent native, who turned in a 4-2 record at his second NCAA Championships, has garnered Stanford's first All-America honors since 2008. It is the highest finish for a Stanford wrestler since 2004, when now-assistant coach Matt Gentry won the 157-pound title in St. Louis, Mo.

Amuchastegui began the day with a 6-1 decision over Oklahoma's Tyler Caldwell to advance to the third-place match in the consolation bracket. There, he faced the tournament's No. 2 seed Jarrod King of Edinboro.

Amuchastegui put up a fight against King, but was unable to pull out the win, falling 3-2 to finish fourth overall. He ends his second year of The Farm with a 34-6 record, and now holds a 63-14 career mark.

Meanwhile, the University of Iowa crowned three champions and won its third straight national team title. Iowa's point total of 134.5 ranks 10th in NCAA history and ties for seventh in school history. Cornell placed second with 90 points. Iowa's victory margin of 44.5 points ranks ninth in NCAA history and eighth at Iowa. The Hawkeyes crowned eight all-Americans for the 12th time in school history and the first time since 1997, helping the team win its 23rd NCAA team title.

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