Balancing schoolwork, a social life and extra-curricular activities can be daunting for any college student — especially for a student-athlete with high hopes for the season. For junior wrestler Cale Harter, those sights were set on becoming a National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American. Late last month, Harter learned his hard work paid off, being one of about 150 Division III wrestlers (out of about 2,500 overall) to be named an NCWA Scholar All-American for the 2010-11 season.
To earn the honor, wrestlers need to maintain a 3.2 GPA over the past two semesters—he managed a 3.488—as well as have at least a .500 record for the season and place at a regional tournament. Harter, a computer science major with a computer gaming minor, posted a 21-19 overall record in the heavyweight division, with eight victories coming via pin.
The Mt. Pleasant, Mich., native said he was “ecstatic” to learn he’d earned the honor, which he’d been actively working toward all season by diligently attending to his schoolwork amidst classes, daily two-hour wrestling practices and three-day weekend tournaments.
Harter credits head coach Bob Del Rosa for helping him learn to balance school and sports. “Our coach makes it work, frankly. He totally understands that school comes first,” he said. Harter is the 17th Case Western Reserve University wrestler to earn the NCWA Scholar All-American status under Del Rosa.
So what’s keeping him busy now that the season’s over? “Sleep,” he said honestly. “That, and lifting … because it’s so easy to get out of shape once you’re done wrestling.” Additionally, Harter serves as vice president of the Case War Gaming Club.
This is the third major student-athlete award for Harter during his time at CWRU; he’s also nabbed UAA All-Academic honors two seasons running. And with an entire season left in his collegiate wrestling career, there’s plenty of time to rack up even more honors.
Posted by: Emily Mayock, April 12, 2011 08:40 AM | News Topics: Athletics
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