Lowney finds gold in Romania

Gophers wrestler Garrett Lowney, a redshirt freshman, captured the gold medal earlier this week at the Fila Junior World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships in Bucharest, Romania.
Lowney took first in the 213.75 pounds division, which is the heaviest class. Gophers wrestlers Mitch Marr and Mike Cuperus also wrestled in Romania from Aug. 12 through Sunday but did not win a medal.

Football player gets DWI
University Police have charged senior defensive end Jon Michals with a DWI and refusing to take a blood-alcohol test.
Michals, 22, was pulled over by police at 1:30 a.m. July 28 near Sparky’s Bar and Grill on Oak Street and Fourth Street Southeast.
Michals, who is the projected starter at his position, is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 14 after pleading not guilty Aug. 4.
Team policy does not state a specific punishment for Michals’ offense if he’s convicted, but it does allow for Gophers coach Glen Mason to discipline a player for any team rule violation.
A back injury has kept the returning starter from fall practices so far, though Mason said Michals might return for the season opener Sept. 4 against Ohio at the Metrodome.
Michals enjoyed a solid 1998 season, playing in all 11 games and tallying two sacks and 30 total tackles.

Big Ten reigns in volleyball rankings
Penn State, runner-up in the 1998 women’s volleyball championship, leads five Big Ten teams among the American Volleyball Coaches Association/USA Today Top 25 preseason poll.
The Nittany Lions were voted No. 1 for the second consecutive year, edging Stanford by 33 points. Wisconsin, under new head coach Pete Waite, is the next highest Big Ten team at No. 9. Illinois is ranked No. 14, Ohio State No. 17, and Michigan State is No. 22.
The Gophers and Indiana also received votes for top 25 recognition. By points the Gophers are the No. 30 team on the poll’s preseason rankings. Indiana is at No. 31.
The Gophers will be led once again this year by junior outside hitter Nicole Branagh. Branagh was the only Gopher named to the 1999 Pre-Season All-Big Ten Volleyball Team, which is picked by conference coaches. Penn State has three players on the team while Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio State each have two.