Amuchastegui receives prestigious academic honor

STANFORD, Calif. — Former Phoenix High wrestling standout Nick Amuchastegui, who finished a storied career at Stanford last spring, is one of 10 NCAA athletes to be honored as a Today's Top 10 Award winner.

The award recognizes athletes who completed their competitive eligibility during the 2011-12 academic year for their success during competition, in the classroom and within the community. The winners will be recognized at the Honors Celebration on Jan. 18 during the NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas.

A mechanical engineering major with a 3.91 cumulative GPA, Amuchastegui completed his career as the only wrestler in school history to reach the NCAA finals twice. The three-time All-American ended his time on The Farm as a two-time national runner-up while also posting a fourth-place finish.

Amuchastegui ranks fourth in all-time wins at Stanford with 118 (against 19 losses), was named the 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference wrestler of the year and captured two Pac-12 championships during his career.

At Phoenix, he lost only one match his junior and senior seasons, that being the state final at 152 pounds in 2007. He won state as a junior and was third the previous two years.

A native of Talent, Amuchastegui was also recognized for his accomplishments in the classroom. He was a two-time CoSIDA/Capital One men's at-large All-American of the year and a two-time NCAA Elite 88 Award recipient.

He was also the 2012 Pac-12 scholar-athlete of the year.

Extremely active in community service, Amuchastegui frequently assisted with elementary school and playground renovation projects. He also volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club and participated in a food drive.

The NCAA Honors Committee selects the honorees. The committee is composed of athletics administrators at member institutions and nationally distinguished citizens who are former student-athletes.

Joining Amuchastegui as NCAA Top 10 Award winners are Miles Batty (BYU), Ashley Brignac (Louisiana-Lafayette), Micah Davis (Delta State), Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Stacey Hagensen (Pacific Lutheran), Lindsay Lettow (Central Missouri), Brooke Pancake (Alabama), Liz Phillips (Washington University) and Wendy Trott (Georgia).

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