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Minnesota freshman Tony Nelson wrestles against a Michigan opponent Jan. 27 at the Sports Pavilion. Nelson was honored at the banquet Sunday after winning the NCAA Wrestling championship in March.

Nelson’s title season ends with honors

April 30, 2012

Sunday’s team wrestling banquet capped off a crazy weekend for Gophers heavyweight Tony Nelson. Before the banquet held at a Minneapolis hotel, Nelson spent the weekend in Cambridge, Minn., being...

Men place seventh, women eighth at Big Ten championships

April 30, 2012

Both the men’s and women’s golf teams finished near the middle of the pack at the Big Ten championships over the weekend at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. This season was the first...

Gophers finish seventh at OSU

April 23, 2012

The Gophers women’s golf team’s streak of improving is over. It had bested its season-low score in the previous two events before this weekend, a run that ended at Ohio State’s Lady Buckeye...

Current and former Gophers wrestlers compete in U.S. Olympic Trials

April 23, 2012

    Six wrestlers with ties to the University of Minnesota competed in this weekend’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Iowa City, Iowa, however none will be making the trip to London this summer. Zach...

Zach Sanders wrestles Wisconsin's Austin Hietpas on Jan. 22 at the Sports Pavilion. Sanders will compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team roster this weekend.

Sanders in search of Olympic glory

April 19, 2012

Zach Sanders’ collegiate wrestling career wrapped up a little more than a month ago with what he called a disappointing third-place finish at the NCAA championships in St. Louis. This weekend, he...

Gophers close out regular season in Ohio

April 19, 2012

The Gophers women’s golf team has been rolling in its past couple events, and its coach has taken notice. The overall team score improved in each of the last four events. “It was fun to end...

Carmen Laguna practices putting Tuesday at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.  Laguna is one of thee international golfers on this year's team

Gophers feature trio of international players

April 18, 2012

Gophers head coach Michele Redman will make a trip to Europe soon but not for a vacation. Watching tournaments overseas is one of the ways the first-year coach Redman plans to recruit internationally —...

Minnesota State tags Mike Hastings as men’s hockey head coach

April 16, 2012

After a little more than two weeks of being vacant, the men’s hockey head coaching position at Minnesota State-Mankato has been filled. Mike Hastings was introduced to the public and media Monday...

Van Rooyen’s disqualification casts shadow on weekend

April 16, 2012

  Minnesota’s Erik Van Rooyen shot a 2-under-par 70 in the first and third rounds of the Hawkeye Invitational, but those rounds bookended a second-round score that was disqualified. The Gophers...

Gophers travel south for Hawkeye Invite

April 12, 2012

After the Gophers men’s golf team’s trips to Florida, Georgia and Louisiana in previous weeks, its 305-mile drive to Iowa City, Iowa, will feel almost like a home meet. Eleven teams will compete...

Gophers finish fifth at Rebel Intercollegiate

April 9, 2012

  The Gophers women’s golf team seems to be peaking at the right time and turned in its lowest team score of the season this weekend. Minnesota shot 899 as a team over the three-round Rebel...

Minn. looks to keep momentum

April 5, 2012

  The Gophers women’s golf team has shot 65-over, 52-over and 44-over-par in its last three tournaments. It will look to continue trending towards lower scores this weekend at the Rebel Intercollegiate.  Minnesota...

Gophers golfer Erik van Rooyen, a business and marketing education junior, demonstrates his golf swing Thursday afternoon in the Bierman Field Athletic Building. Van Rooyen has stepped into a leadership role this season on the Gophers team, which does not have any seniors.

Erik Van Rooyen tees it up nearly 9,000 miles from home

April 4, 2012

  On a typical sports team, seniors are looked upon to provide leadership for the rest of the squad — the Gophers men’s golf team does not have that luxury. For a team with no seniors,...

Van Rooyen slips to third-place tie at LSU Invitational

April 2, 2012

  The Gophers men’s golf team traveled to the LSU Invitational with the goal of getting on track before the upcoming Big Ten championships. Junior Erik Van Rooyen seemed to do that. Van Rooyen...

Minnesota seeks improvement at LSU Invitational

March 29, 2012

The Gophers’ men’s golf team’s strong second-place showing at the Big Ten Match Play came more than a month ago, and the two events that followed it have the team looking for answers. Minnesota...

Gophers finish tied for 11th at FAU Invite

March 26, 2012

  For the second straight weekend, the Gophers men’s golf team failed to place in the top-10 of an invitational. Minnesota shot 297-290-293 — 880 and finished tied with Connecticut for...

Gophers aim to improve at FAU Spring Break Invite

March 22, 2012

  The Gophers men’s golf team is coming off a 13th-place finish in a 14-team field at the Schenkel Invitational, but Minnesota can blame it on the weather. Not the weather at the tournament,...

Tony Nelson (heavyweight) flexes his biceps after winning the national title at his weight class on Saturday at the blah blah in Saint Louis.

Tony Nelson wins heavyweight NCAA title; Gophers finish second behind Penn State

March 19, 2012

ST. LOUIS — In a span of about 15 seconds, Tony Nelson went from wrestling in a tied national championship match to throwing both of his fists in the air, saluting the Minnesota fans and celebrating...

Gophers' Senior Sonny Yohn wrestles Michigan's Max Huntley during Jan. 27 dual at the Sports Pavilion.

Wrestling advances eight after NCAA first day

March 16, 2012

St. Louis — Three pins propelled the Gophers wrestling team to a strong first session Thursday, and Minnesota didn’t stop there. Minnesota advanced eight of its nine wrestlers in the championship...

Gophers' Senior Sonny Yohn wrestles Michigan's Max Huntley during Jan. 27 dual at the Sports Pavilion.

Ness, Nelson to vie for individual NCAA titles on Saturday

March 16, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Minnesota advanced eight wrestlers beyond day one of the NCAA championships and was sitting in second place. That momentum seemed to halt Friday. Dylan Ness (149 pounds) and Tony Nelson...

Gophers' Senior Sonny Yohn wrestles Michigan's Max Huntley during Jan. 27 dual at the Sports Pavilion.

Yohn caps off Gophers career at NCAA championships

March 8, 2012

Senior captain Sonny Yohn did not shy away from talking about his third-place performance at the Big Ten wrestling championships. “I’m pissed off about myself obviously,” Yohn said. “It...

Head Women's Golf Coach Michele Redman discusses this year's golf team Thursday morning.  This is Redman's first year of coaching after twenty years of professional competition.

Redman makes switch from playing to coaching

March 6, 2012

Michele Redman has found success at numerous levels of golf. After a 20-year professional career, she will now try her hand as head coach of the Gophers women’s golf team. Redman played on the boys’...

Gophers 2nd at Big 10 championships

March 5, 2012

Minnesota’s heavyweights came up big once again and won two individual Big Ten championships this weekend, but the Gophers’ feats were outdone by a strong Penn State team. The Gophers picked...

Gophers Zach Sanders wrestles Austin Hietpas on Jan. 22 at the Sports Pavilion.

Sanders, Minnesota seek glory at Big Ten championships

March 1, 2012

Zach Sanders has two third-place finishes in his career at the Big Ten championships. This year is his last go around, and he’s looking to capture the elusive title. “Obviously that’s...

Gophers head men’s golf coach John Carlson spent one season as the team’s associate head coach before being promoted this season.

Gophers seek growth under Carlson

February 28, 2012

John Carlson helped improve the Gophers men’s golf program last year as an associate head coach. This year he’s at the helm and has bigger plans. Last season, the Gophers collected three top-five...

Men’s golf takes down Mesa Community College in exhibition match

February 28, 2012

The Gophers men's golf team shot 286 as a team and defeated  Mesa Community College who shot 297 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz on Saturday. Erik Van Rooyen, Tim Peterzen and David Haley Jr....

Title race update; UMD sweeps, Denver splits

February 27, 2012

The WCHA title will come down to the season’s final weekend and will be a two-horse race between Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth. UMD and Denver — the two teams that trailed the Gophers with...

Gophers 12th at Central District Invitational

February 22, 2012

  The Gophers women’s golf team traveled to Florida and placed 12th out of 15 teams in the Central District Invitational. Michigan State hosted the invitational at River Wilderness Golf and...

Cody Yohn name Big Ten wrestler of the week

February 21, 2012

After going 2-0 on Sunday and helping the Gophers to two victories in the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals final four over No. 4 Iowa and No. 1 Oklahoma State Cody Yohn was honored...

Former Gopher Blake Wheeler now plays as a forward for the Winnepeg Jets. Wheeler is leading the Jets in points this season.

Wheeler continues winning ways at Xcel, in the NHL

February 21, 2012

Former Gophers hockey star Blake Wheeler returned to the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday and left with a victory — just like he’s done many times before. Wheeler had an assist and scored in...

Minn. avenges 2 losses, win Nat’l duals

February 20, 2012

  The No. 3 Gophers wrestling team took first place at the 2012 National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals on Sunday. Minnesota (14-3, 7-1 Big Ten) defeated No. 2 Iowa 16-15 in the semifinals...

Wrestlers seek redemption at national duals

February 16, 2012

The Gophers wrestling team had three losses in duals this season. On Sunday it will get a chance to avenge at least one of those. “I definitely think that’s a high motivator for us as a team,”...

Men’s golf takes second at Big Ten Match Play

February 13, 2012

  The Gophers men’s golf team took second place this weekend at the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla. Minnesota defeated Michigan in round one and then took down the tournament’s...

Cody Yohn (165) competes in a match on Jan. 27 at the Sports Pavilion.  Yohn went 2-0 this weekend.

Minnesota wins region at National Duals

February 13, 2012

  The No. 4 Gophers wrestling team advanced to the final four of the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Cliff Keen National Duals. Minnesota dominated both of its opponents this weekend, beating...

Gophers' Dylan Ness attempts to take down Michigan's Eric Grajales Jan. 27 at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers head East for National Duals

February 9, 2012

  The Gophers wrestling team finished off its regular season and won a share of the Big Ten dual-season championship by beating Nebraska 26-7 on Sunday. âÄúIt was really exciting, just being...

Gophers soccer signs six recruits

February 7, 2012

The Gophers women’s soccer team announced the signing of six recruits — five from Minnesota and one from Iowa — on Monday. The Minnesota recruits are midfielder Ellie Arvesen, forward Mehan Bolton,...

Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus (184) records a late third-period takedown of Nebraska's Josh Ihnen during Sunday's dual at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota earns share of Big Ten title with win over Huskers

February 6, 2012

With former heavyweight national champion Brock Lesnar on the bench for the first half, the Gophers wrestling team defeated Nebraska 26-7 to capture a share of the Big Ten ConferenceâÄôs regular...

Senior Sonny Yohn wrestles Michigan's Max Huntley during Jan. 27 dual at the Sports Pavilion.

Season to close at home with title chance

February 2, 2012

  When the Gophers face Nebraska Sunday at the Sports Pavilion, the team will likely be wrestling for at least a share of the Big TenâÄôs regular season title. Minnesota (9-3, 6-1 Big Ten)...

Freshman Logan Storley won the match in overtime against a Michigan wrestler during Friday's competition in the Sports Pavilion.

Storley shines after injury setback

January 31, 2012

After a short delay, Gophers freshman wrestler Logan Storley has hit his stride. Storley suffered a right ankle sprain during the Bison Open on Nov. 12 âÄî the GophersâÄô first competition...

Comeback falls short as Hawkeyes hang on

Comeback falls short as Hawkeyes hang on

January 30, 2012

The Gophers wrestling team found itself in an unfamiliar place twice this weekend, trailing at the break to both Michigan on Friday and Iowa on Sunday. Minnesota (8-3, 5-1 Big Ten) came back to defeat...

Two tough duals await No. 3 Minnesota

January 26, 2012

The Gophers wrestling team surrendered only three points in its last two duals. With stiffer competition on the horizon, itâÄôs safe to say the weekendâÄôs matchups will be more interesting. Minnesota...

Minnesota's Dylan Ness (149) gets tangled with Wisconsin's Cole Schmidt on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion. Ness pinned No. 14 Schmidt in the first period.

Gophers dominate Wisconsin 37-3

January 23, 2012

Zach Sanders picked up a technical fall at 125 pounds to start the GophersâÄô 37-3 victory against Wisconsin on Sunday, and his teammates followed suit. âÄúI knew the kid wasnâÄôt...

Cody Yohn (165) wrestles against North Dakota State on Nov. 27.

Gophers to take on Wisconsin at home

January 19, 2012

The Gophers wrestling team will return to action at home Sunday to face Wisconsin in a battle between two teams that had nearly equal and opposite results last Sunday. Isaac Newton, hold onto your hat. Minnesota...

Former Olympian Jake Deitchler makes the difficult decision to retire his wrestling career after speaking with a concussion specialist. Dietchler now plans to pursue his passion for wrestling from the angle of coaching.

Concussions end Jake Deitchler’s career

January 17, 2012

  Jake Deitchler is a former Olympian, three-time Minnesota State High School champion and now, at age 22, a former collegiate wrestler. Deitchler chose to end his wrestling career after consulting...

Minnesota's Zach Sanders North Dakota State's Trent Sprenkle

No. 4 Gophers defeat Illinois, shut out Purdue

January 17, 2012

The Gopher wrestling team is still perfect in the conference after it defeated Illinois 25-9 on Friday and shut out Purdue 40-0 Sunday. Minnesota (7-2, 4-0 Big Ten) won 17 of the 20 matches in the two...

No. 3 Gophers defeat No. 6 Ohio State

January 9, 2012

The No. 3 ranked Gophers wrestling team (5-2, 2-0 Big Ten) won the first six matches of Sunday’s dual against Ohio State at the Sports Pavilion and held on to defeat the Buckeyes 24-13. The highlight...

Men’s hockey falls 4-3 to Notre Dame

January 7, 2012

A week after losing to Northeastern in the championship game of the Mariucci Classic, the Gophers hockey team had another chance to add a quality nonconference win to their résumé...

Minnesota loses in Mariucci Classic title game

December 31, 2011

Looking to capture its 13th Mariucci Classic title in the tournamentâÄôs 21-year history, the Gophers hockey team took to the ice Saturday looking to defeat Northeastern, a team that had won eight...

Men’s hockey defeats Niagara 5-1

December 31, 2011

Missing stars Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau because of the 2012 World Junior Championships, the Gophers men's hockey team defeated Niagara 5-1 on Friday in its first game of the annual Mariucci Classic. âÄúWe...

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Minn. takes down Iowa State at Williams Arena

December 12, 2011

On a night in which three athletic events took place within 30 yards of each other on campus, the Gophers wrestling team took care of Iowa State 34-6 at Williams Arena. âÄúI think overall weâÄôre...