March 18, 2010
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OMAHA, Neb. – After winning just one of its first three matches at the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb., the Stanford wrestlers were a perfect 4-0 in the second session. Sophomore Nick Amuchastegui led the way, advancing to the quarterfinals of the 165-pound bracket.
Amuchastegui won his second straight match Thursday with a 4-2 decision over Josh Asper of Maryland. He improves to 32-4 on the season and will compete in the quarterfinals in the championship bracket Friday morning. The Talent, Ore., native will face the No. 6 seed Dan Vallimont (29-7) of Penn State to keep his national title hopes alive.
Prior to his second-round match, Amuchastegui was honored with the first annual NCAA Wrestling Elite 88 Award, given to the individual with the highest GPA in the national tournament. The sophomore is a mechanical engineering major at Stanford with a 4.00 GPA.
Stanford’s other three NCAA qualifiers, freshman Ryan Mango and juniors Justin Paulsen and Zack Giesen, all bounced back with victories in the second session Thursday night.
Mango secured his first NCAA Championships win, pinning Harvard’s Steven Keith in 3:56. It marks the rookie’s third fall of the season and brings his win total to 25, tying teammate Lucas Espericueta for fifth all-time on Stanford’s freshman wins list. Mango will face the tournament’s No. 2 seed at 125 pounds, Cornell’s Troy Nickerson, on Friday in the consolation bracket.
Paulsen also recorded his first win at the NCAA Championships on Thursday night. The Artesia, Calif., native dominated Wyoming’s Cory VomBaur with a 16-1 technical fall in the consolation bracket at133 pounds. Paulsen (24-14) will wrestle Ohio State freshman Ian Paddock (23-13) on Friday morning.
Giesen, a three-time NCAA qualifier, edged Oklahoma’s Erich Schmditke with a 4-3 decision in the 184 pound consolation bracket. The junior improves to 31-6 on the season and will continue his season with a match Friday against Wisconsin sophomore Travis Rutt (17-12).
Action at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships continues Friday, Mar. 19, with the quarterfinals in the morning followed by the semifinals in the evening.
March 18, 2010
No. 5 Andrew Long (Iowa State) dec. Ryan Mango (0-1), 8-2
Ryan Mango (1-1) fall 3:56 Steven Keith (Harvard)
No. 6 Dan Mitcheff (Kent State) maj. dec. Justin Paulsen (0-1), 12-1
Justin Paulsen (1-1) tech. fall Cory VomBaur (Wyoming), 16-1
Nick Amuchastegui (1-0) dec. No. 3 Nick Marable (Missouri), 4-1
Nick Amuchastegui (2-0) dec. Josh Asper (Maryland), 4-2
No. 6 Maxwell Askren (Missouri) fall 1:38 Zack Giesen (0-1)
Zack Giesen (1-1) dec. Erich Schmditke (Oklahoma), 4-3