Wade Hughes, a 126-pound wrestler from George Washington, finished third in the NCAA national tournament today.

He beat Steve Depetro of Northwestern, 9-0, in his first consolation, then beat John Lucerne of Rider College, 13-9.

Barry Davis' third title helped Iowa to an unprecedented eighth straight title. Nine of the Hawkeyes' 10 wrestlers were named all-Americas. Iowa, in winning its ninth title in 10 years, had 145 3/4 points. Oklahoma had 98 1/2, Iowa State 70 and Oklahoma State 56.

Davis, 42-1 this year and the winningest wrestler in the school's history, beat Michigan's Joe McFarland, 8-4, the second-seeded 126-pounder.

"I was hoping to win it all," said Hughes, a GW senior and a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School. "Obviously, I didn't, but it's all right . . . I owe this all to my coach, Jim Rota. He's developed me all around, both on the mat and scholastically. I did this as much for him as myself."

After winning his first three matches of the tournament, he lost to Davis, then moved into the consolation bracket. He finished 5-1 in the tournament and ended his collegiate career with a 182-17 record.

Other champions: Bloomsburg's Ricky Bonomo at 118, Wisconsin's Jim Jordan at 134, Iowa State's Joe Gibbons at 142, Arizona State's Eddie Urbano at 150, Iowa's Marty Kistler at 158, Tennessee's Chris Edmond at 167 (the first NCAA champion for that school), Oklahoma's Melvin Douglas at 177, Oklahoma's Dan Chaid at 190 (over No. 1 seed Duane Goldman of Iowa) and Temple's Bill Hyman at heavyweight.