Gardner Named to ESPN Academic All-America Men's At-Large First Team

May 31, 2006

Stanford junior Tanner Gardner has been selected as a member of the ESPN Academic All-America Men's At-Large First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. As a member of the First Team, he will appear on the ballot for 2006 Academic All-America honors.

The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually, who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports. The Men's At-Large Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

Gardner, a native of Berryton, Kansas, was selected to the District 8 First Team in the University Division. The Cardinal standout is a Public Policy major with a 3.69 cumulative grade point average, who became just the 12th Cardinal wrestler in history to earn All-America honors this season. He finished eighth in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in early March Tournament after finishing the 2005-06 season with a 37-13 record.Next season, as a redshirt junior, Gardner will look to become just the second Stanford wrestler to earn multiple All-America honors.

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