March 11, 2009
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford freshman Nick Amuchastegui and senior Luke Feist are headed to the 2009 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. The Stanford wrestlers were among the 52 at-large selections announced today by the NCAA.
One of the four winningest freshmen in school history, Amuchastegui was the Pac-10 runner-up at 165 pounds this season and will begin his first NCAA Tournament with a 28-6 record. The Talent, Ore. native led the squad with 75 dual points during the regular season and has racked up six major decisions and six pins. In November, he captured the Cowboy Open title by beating eventual Pac-10 Champion Tyler Sherfey. The redshirt freshman has won 15 of his 17 bouts in 2009, with his only losses coming at the hands of 18th-ranked Sherfey.
Feist, a redshirt senior, will head to the NCAA Championships for the third-straight year and look to build on his impressive career win total. Feist (22-13) claimed third place at 197 pounds at the Pac-10 Championships last week, becoming the ninth four-time Pac-10 placer in school history. With his third-straight national qualification, Feist will be Stanford's 12th wrestler to appear in the NCAA Championships at least three times during his career.
Feist is a combined 1-4 in his two previous NCAA appearances. He enters his final collegiate tournament with an 81-62 career record. His 81 wins rank ninth all-time at Stanford, while his 25 career pins rank fifth.
The 52 at-large qualifiers included 10 wrestlers from the Pac-10, bringing the total conference qualifier count up to 30. The at-large selections were made by the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee using the selection criteria without priority order, which consists of head-to-head competition, qualifying event placement, quality wins, results against common opponents, winning percentage, rating percentage index, coaches ranking and number of matches contested at that weight class.
The 52 at-large qualifiers will join the 278 student-athletes that qualified automatically through their conference and regional qualifying tournaments in St. Louis next weekend, March 19-21. In each weight class, 33 wrestlers will compete for national titles, with the top eight finishers being named All-Americans.