2009-10: Earned All-America status for the first time in his career by placing sixth at the NCAA Championships ... Included as part of his run to the podium were wins over a trio of seeded wrestlers in No. 12 David Craig of Lehigh, No. 10 Mike Pucillo of Ohio State and No. 9 Phil Keddy of Iowa ... Big 12 champion at 184 pounds was one of the heroes of the Cowboys' team title at the event after toppling eventual NCAA champion Max Askren of Missouri by a comfortable 10-6 margin in the title bout ... That win was Foster's first in five career tries against Askren ... Beat No. 12 Jerome Ward of Iowa State by a 6-5 score in the Big 12 semifinals ... That win was crucial in the Cowboys winning the team title by a narrow 1.5-point margin over the second-ranked Cyclones ... Finished with a 23-6 overall record and a 10-3 dual match mark ... Missed most of December after sustaining an injury in practice ... Lost his first two bouts -- both at the hands of ranked opponents -- after returning from his injury, but entered the NCAA Championships having won nine of his last 10 matches ... Claimed an impressive win during the regular season with a 10-5 sudden victory triumph over eventual All-American Joe LeBlanc of Wyoming ... Was honored as Big 12 Wrestler of the Week following that victory ... Despite missing significant action, still ranked among the team leaders with seven wins by major decision and 12 bonus-point victories ... Included on his list of bonus-point victims was eventual 197-pound All-American Sonny Yohn of Minnesota, who Foster beat by a 13-1 major decision as part of the Cowboys' dual victory over the Gophers.
2008-09: Fourth-place finisher at the Big 12 Championships went 29-7 on the year with a 20-2 mark in dual competition and six wins over ranked opponents ... Team leader with 60 takedowns ... Racked up 19 bonus-point wins to lead the team ... His 81 dual points were good for second on the team ... Won two bouts at the NCAA Championships, claiming an 8-5 victory over No. 15 Chad Beatty of Iowa in the first round and later scoring a 10-1 major decision win over Illinois' Patrick Bond ... Was nothing short of dominant to start the season, winning 16 of his first 17 bouts, with bonus points included in 14 of those 16 wins ... Mixed in that early-season flurry was a 12-9 win over No. 8 Eric Lapotsky of Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series dual in Norman ... His marquee win of the year was a 5-2 victory over No. 2 Craig Brester of Nebraska in Lincoln ... Won three of his last four regular-season bouts against ranked opponents, toppling Brester and No. 14 Andrew Anderson of Northern Iowa before handing No. 11 Lapotsky a 7-5 defeat as part of the Cowboys' 27-6 Bedlam Series win over Oklahoma in Stillwater ... Dominated the 197-pound bracket at the Central Missouri Open to start the season, picking up three wins by fall and one by technical fall at the event.
Summer, 2008: Won the freestyle bronze medal in the 96 kg weight class at the 2008 FILA Junior World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey ... Started his run to the podium with a 1-0, 1-2, 4-2 win over Turkey's Mustafa Ozdemir in the first round. He followed that up with a 1-0, 2-0 sweep of Simas Norkus of Lithuania. Ukrainian Shamil Dibirov handed Foster a 3-0, 3-1 defeat in the semifinals to bump the Cowboy into the consolation bracket where he bounced back in dominating fashion to claim a 7-0, 4-0 win over Iraq's Suhail Mohammed to place third ... Earned his spot on the U.S. Junior World Team by rolling through his bracket at the FILA Junior World Team Trials in Colorado in May.
2007-08: Finished his true freshman year with a 22-11 overall record that included an 8-8 mark in duals ... Won the first 10 matches of his collegiate career, running away with the championship at the 197-pound weight class at both the Central Missouri Open and the Kaufman-Brand Open ... Was pulled out of redshirt at the Northeast Duals and claimed a 19-4 technical fall victory over American's Brooks Keefer in his first match as part of the OSU varsity squad ... Claimed a 12-1 major decision win over Iowa's Rick Loera as part of the Cowboys' 19-14 win over the top-ranked Hawkeyes in Iowa City ... Third-place finisher at the Reno Tournament of Champions, where he compiled a 5-1 record that included a pair of major decision victories ... Lost 11 matches as a true freshman, with those defeats all coming at the hands of ranked opponents ... Took top-ranked Philip Davis of Penn State down twice in his match against the eventual Nittany Lion national champion.
High School: Attended Kamiah HS in Kamiah, Idaho, where he was coached by his father, Cary Foster ... 2006 Fargo junior freestyle national champion ... Ranked No. 1 in the nation at 189 by Amateur Wrestling News, W.I.N. Magazine and Intermat ... Tabbed as the No. 8 recruit in the nation at any weight by Intermat ... Two-time national champion at 189 pounds, earning the title in both his junior and senior years ... Three-time Idaho state champion, twice at 189 and once at 171 ... Earned All-America recognition at cadet and junior nationals ... Compiled a 160-11 record ... Also competed for the Kamiah HS football and baseball teams.
Personal: Clayton Henry Foster was born April 8, 1988 in Cottonwood, Idaho ... Has three sisters, Lennie, Katie and Bailey, and a brother, Joe ... Undecided on a major.
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