University of Minnesota wrestler C.P. Schlatter has been named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-America Team for the 2006-07 season.
Schlatter, a junior majoring in pre-nursing, has earned a 3.220 cumulative GPA in his college career, including a 3.396 during the fall semester. This is his second Academic All-America accolade, as he was also honored following his redshirt freshman season in 2004-05. Earlier this year, Schlatter garnered his third straight Academic All-Big Ten selection. He is also a three-time U of M Scholar-Athlete.
The reigning two-time Big Ten Champion at 157 pounds, Schlatter earned his first All-America citation in 2007 by finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships. He compiled a 28-8 overall record on the season, including 10-5 in dual meets. He was named Minnesota’s Most Dedicated Wrestler at the team’s awards banquet in April.
“C.P. is the epitome of a student-athlete,” assistant coach Joe Russell said. “Not only does he do a great job on the mat, but he does a great job in the classroom and is an excellent leader for our team.”
Schlatter missed more than six weeks of the season after suffering a knee injury at the Northeast Duals on Nov. 25. He made his return at the National Duals in mid-January and sparked Minnesota to its second straight team title, compiling a 4-0 record including an upset of Iowa State’s Trent Paulson in the semifinals. He provided the pivotal victory in the finals with a 6-5 come-from-behind win over No. 12 Mike Chandler of Missouri. For his performance at the National Duals, Schlatter was named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for Jan. 9-15.
Overall, Schlatter went 19-6 following his return and captured his second straight Big Ten title. After entering the conference championships as the No. 4 seed, Schlatter won four straight matches to claim the title, including a 2-1 overtime victory over Illinois’ top-ranked Mike Poeta in the semifinals. He went on to capture his first All-America certificate by compiling a 5-3 record to finish sixth at the NCAA Championships in Auburn Hills, Mich.
A former recipient of the prestigious Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award as the top prep wrestler in the nation, Schlatter was an Academic All-American and graduated fourth in his class with a 4.06 GPA in high school.
For a complete list of the 2006-07 NWCA Academic All-America Team, click here.