Wrestlers nab 6 championships at opening tourney

Minnesota’s third-ranked wrestling team kicked off its 2003-04 season by claiming six titles at the Harold Nichols Open in Fort Dodge Iowa.

Returning All-American Bobbe Lowe claimed the title at 125, while redshirt freshman Quincy Osborn prevailed at 133. Osborn is competing with redshirt freshman Will Holst for the starting nod at 133 for Minnesota when its dual meet season begins Dec. 12.

Sophomore Tommy Owen won the 141 pound title, while true freshman C.P. Schlatter claimed 149 in his first appearance in a Minnesota singlet. Schlatter, a four-time Ohio state champion, is rated the third-best incoming recruit in the nation.

Two-time All-American Jacob Volkmann got off to a strong start after winning the 165 title.

Redshirt freshman Cole Konrad, the Gophers’ likely starter at heavyweight, claimed the title at 275 over 2003 NCAA Division II Champion, Les Sigman of Nebraska-Omaha.

Minnesota will compete at the UNO Open next Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

Women’s swimming and diving

Minnesota’s women’s swimming and diving team defeated Northwestern 171-129 Saturday at the Norris Aquatics Center in Evanston, Ill. The Gophers were led by junior Katy Coombe and sophomore Kate Hardt, who both earned first-place finishes in multiple events.

Coombe finished first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.23 seconds and also in the 100 free in 52.05. Hardt captured first place in the 200 free with a time of 1:51:66 and in the 500 free in 4:59:09.

The Minnesota divers swept the top-three spots in the 1-meter diving. Abbie Bowden continued to perform well, earning the top score of 282.23. Shannon Jackson earned a second place finish with a score of 273.23, and Rebecca Cornthwaite finished third, scoring 270.53.

The Gophers also captured the top finish in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. In the 200, Megan Moore, Katie Proell, Sarah Bohlsen, and Sarah Perrott swam a time of 1:46:95. Perrott also swam the 400 and was joined by Coombe, Hardt and Sara Vine finishing with a time of 3:30:00.

Minnesota plays host to the Minnesota Invitational at the University Aquatic Center this week.