Clay Ream earns Elite 90 award for second year

North Dakota State University 157-pounder Clay Ream won the Elite 90 Award presented prior to the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship matches Saturday, March 18, at the Scottrade Center.

Ream, a Wentzville Holt graduate, earned the Elite 90 Award for the second straight year.

The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at each of the NCAA’s 90 national championships. Ream, a redshirt junior, has a 4.0 G.P.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology. He is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling first team selection.

“I’ve always seen myself as a nerd. I just focus on my grades because it’s important to me. I put in a lot of hours. I try to be efficient as I can with my time. When I wrestle, I train as hard as I can,” said Ream.

“I believe that being a student comes first and our coaching staff believes in that as well. We work hard for a career. Wrestling, our sport, is important, but it isn’t a career. Wrestling is fun to do. I love to go out there and compete for NDSU, but in the end I am going to need to have a career after this.”

An award founded by the NCAA, the Elite 90 recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.

Ream completed in his third NCAA tournament appearance with a 0-2 record. He is 3-6 overall in NCAA competition. Ream compiled a 24-6 record this season including a second place finish at the Big 12 Championships. He has a 71-38 record including 31-10 in duals with 15 pins.

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