Nick Amuchastegui Claims First Collegiate Title At Cowboy Open

Redshirt freshman goes 4-0 at the tournament to nab the 165-pound crown.



Ten Cardinal wrestlers, including five freshmen, finished a road trip to Wyoming today by competing in the Cowboy Open at War Memorial Fieldhouse on the University of Wyoming campus.



Leading the way for the Cardinal was redshirt freshman Nick Amuchastegui (6-1) who went 4-0, claimed his first collegiate title and upended the first ranked wrestler of his career. The Talent, Ore. native won his first two bouts by major decision, then earned a 4-1 decision over Air Force?s Stephen Crozier in the 165-pound semifinals. In the championship bout, Amuchastegui upended No. 11 Tyler Sherfey of Boise State, a three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time Pac-10 runner-up, by a score of 4-2.



Junior 197-pounder Jake Johnson (9-3), the only upperclassman wrestling for the Cardinal, also placed with a 4-2 record on the day. After losing his second match, Johnson battled back all the way to the consolation final. In the third-place bout, however, he dropped a 6-1 decision to Great Falls? Alex Calvi to take fourth place.



True freshman Timmy Boone (3-3) also had a solid showing for Stanford. In his first tournament as a collegian, the 141-pounder went 3-2 with two pins and a technical fall. He earned his first collegiate victory in his opening round match, pinning Northern Colorado?s Michael Threadgill in just 59 seconds.



Sophomores Porfirio Madrigal and Lucas Espericueta posted two wins apiece, while freshman Matt Sencenbaugh and sophomore Max Rosefigura each earned one.



The ten wrestlers combined for 17 wins, including four pins and 12 bonus-point victories.



The team will wrestle two duals in Southern California next Friday, taking on 2009 Pac-10 Tournament host Cal State Fullerton at 2:30 p.m. followed by Cal Baptist at 8 p.m. Stanford returns to The Farm to host No. 11 Northwestern in its home opener on Sunday at noon.



Stanford Results

Cowboy Open

Laramie, WY

November 15, 2008



125 pounds



Austin Quarles (0-1): lost by tech. fall to Jordan White (Nebraska-Kearney), 17-2; lost by injury default.



Matt Sencenbaugh (1-1): dec. Ryker Vandertoolen (Western Wyoming), 9-4; lost to Steven Reynolds (Mesa State), 11-4; lost by default.



133 pounds



Porfirio Madrigal (2-2): pinned Albert Alexander (Adams State), 4:10; lost to No. 9 Andrew Hochstrasser (Boise State), 8-2; maj. dec. Kellen Costelow (Colorado School of Mines), 18-8; lost by fall to Joey Morrison (Nebraska-Kearney), 1:35.



141 pounds



Timmy Boone (3-2): pinned Michael Threadgill (Northern Colorado), 0:59; pinned JJ Pursley (Chadron State), 0:45; lost to No. 11 Cory Fish (Boise State), 7-2; tech. fall Cooper Hayes (Northern Colorado), 15-0; lost maj. dec. to Eli Hutchison (Boise State), 10-0.



149 pounds



Max Rosefigura (1-2): lost to Byron Kuylen (Great Falls), 5-4; dec. Cody Chipperfield (Wyoming), 5-4; lost to Mike White (Bridgewater State), 6-3.



157 pounds



Lucas Espericueta (2-1): dec. Louie Desantis (Colorado State-Pueblo), 8-2; tech. fall Noah Hatton (Great Falls), 15-0; lost maj. dec. to Keenan McCurdy (Nebraska-Kearney), 10-0; lost by injury default.



165 pounds



Nick Amuchastegui (4-0, 1st place): maj. dec. Dane Fuhrman (Wyoming), 8-0; maj. dec. Mason Peebles (Northwest Wyoming CC), 9-1; dec. Stephen Crozier (Air Force), 4-1; dec. No. 11 Tyler Sherfey (Boise State), 4-2.



174 pounds



Victor Haug (0-2): lost to Kyle Brightman (Mesa State), 3-1; lost to Garrett Stowall (Colorado), 14-10.



Spence Patrick (0-2): lost by fall to Shane Onufer (Wyoming), 6:22; lost by fall to Brennan Ward (Colby CC), 1:29.



197 pounds



Jake Johnson (4-2, 4th place): maj. dec. Will Wine (Great Falls), 13-0; lost to Donovan McMahill (Western State), 10-3; pinned Patrick Carey (Northern Colorado), 1:43; maj. dec. Derek Ross (Nebraska-Kearney), 11-3; win by default over Shane Miller (Mesa State); lost to Alex Calvi (Great Falls), 6-1.