AUSTIN, Texas — North Dakota State University 157-pounder Clay Ream was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Men’s At-Large first team for the second straight year. The team was announced Thursday, June 14, and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A native of Wentzville, Mo., Ream maintained a 3.977 GPA in biochemistry and molecular biology and graduated this May. He was a three-time NCAA Elite 90 Award winner at the national tournament during his career.
Ream was a two-time Big 12 Conference Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three-time Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling first team selection. He was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) All-Academic team four straight years.
He was 4-8 overall in four NCAA tournament appearances during his career. Ream compiled a 24-6 record this season including his second straight runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championships. He finished with 95 wins to rank No. 20 on the school’s all-time charts.
North Dakota State finished the 2017-18 season with a 7-10 record overall including top 20 wins over then No. 18-ranked Central Michigan and No. 12 Cornell. NDSU was 1-7 in the Big 12 Conference. The Bison finished fifth at the Big 12 Championships.
The at-large teams represent the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.