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 from Wentzville, Mo., 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.
Ream is the fifth North Dakota State student-athlete to earn the award and the second multiple winner.
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.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.