Nov. 5, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Nick Amuchastegui has been announced as one of 10 student-athletes who will be honored in January 2013 as Today's Top 10 Award winners.
The NCAA Today's Top 10 Award recognizes student-athletes who completed their athletics eligibility during the 2011-12 academic year for their success during competition, in the classroom and within the community. Award recipients will be recognized at the Honors Celebration on Jan. 18, 2013, 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, who ranks fourth in all-time wins at Stanford with 118, was named the 2011-12 Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year and captured two Pac-12 championships during his career.
A native of Talent, Ore., Amuchastegui was also recognized for his accomplishments in the classroom. A two-time CoSIDA/Capital One Men's At-Large All-America of the Year, Amuchastegui was also a two-time NCAA Elite 88 Award recipient. He was also tabbed the 2012 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Extremely active in community service, Amuchastegui frequently assisted with elementary school and playground renovation projects. Amuchastegui 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.
Previously, the award recognized eight student-athletes and was known as Today's Top VIII. The NCAA Honors Committee expanded the award to honor 10 student-athletes to recognize the increased number of student-athletes, sports and championship opportunities.
Joining Amuchastegui as NCAA Top 10 Award winners are the following: 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).