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Wrestling takes down Iowa State at Williams Arena

December 10, 2011

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

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

Wrestlers to change venues when Iowa State comes to town

December 8, 2011

After wrestling four of their first five duals on the road, the No. 3 Gophers wrestling team will finally get some home cooking. Minnesota will return home to face unranked Iowa State at Williams Arena...

NCAA adds individual awards for wrestling

December 7, 2011

It was announced Wednesday that starting in 2012 the NCAA Wrestling Committee will give individual awards to wrestlers for most falls, most technical falls and most dominant wrestler.  For falls...

Freshman Chris Dardanes, right, wrestles Sophomore David Thorn during practice Tuesday at Bierman.  Dardanes and his twin brother, Nick, are currently in their second season on the team.

Maroon and Gold’s wrestling is a family act

December 7, 2011

Twins Nick and Chris Dardanes wanted to wrestle together at the collegiate level for a young, talented team. It was those specifications that led them to the University of Minnesota. âÄúWeâÄôve...

Minnesota's Cody Yohn (165) pins North Dakota State's Tyler Johnson Nov. 27 at the Sports Pavillion.

Gophers fall to Oklahoma State, topple Central Michigan

December 5, 2011

The No. 4 Gophers wrestling team is cutting its teeth against a tough slate of early-season competition, with mixed results. It defeated Central Michigan on Friday 24-9 and fell to No. 2 Oklahoma State...

Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus (184) attempts to get a hold on North Dakota State's Mac Stoll during their match Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers have yet another tough, early season road trip

December 1, 2011

Two weeks after taking down then-No. 2 Penn State, the No. 4 Gophers wrestling team will get its second chance of the season to defeat a second-ranked team. Minnesota (2-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will take on Central...

Fairchild makes NHL debut

November 30, 2011

Former Gophers hockey player Cade Fairchild made his NHL debut Tuesday for the St. Louis Blues against the Washington Capitals. Fairchild, a Duluth, Minn., native, was drafted in the fourth round of the...

Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus (184) lifts North Dakota State's Mac Stoll during their match Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers steamroll NDSU at home, improve to 2-1

November 28, 2011

A week after upsetting No. 2 Penn State, the No. 3 Gophers wrestling team opened up the home portion of their schedule at the Sports Pavilion by defeating North Dakota State University 29-9. Wrestling...

Steinhaus named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

November 22, 2011

Gophers' redshirt sophomore Kevin Steinhaus was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week today after going 1-1 last weekend, playing a huge part in Minnesota's upset win over Penn State on Sunday. Steinhaus,...

Gophers wrestling signs seven for next season

November 22, 2011

The No. 3 Gophers wrestling team announced today that Sam Brancale, Jarod Doner, Brandon Kingsley, Michael Kroells, Brett Pfarr, Dakota Trom and Cody Phillips have all signed National Letters of Intent...

Gophers top No. 2 Penn State, split weekend

November 21, 2011

The No. 4 Gophers wrestling team split two duals this weekend, falling to No. 5 Cornell on Friday and defeating No. 2 Penn State on Sunday. As is fast becoming a theme in this young season, Minnesota jumped...

Women's hockey sweeps New Hampshire

Women’s hockey sweeps New Hampshire

November 19, 2011

The Gophers womenâÄôs hockey team was able to keep the ball rolling Saturday. Minnesota (12-2-0, 8-2-0 WCHA) picked up right where it left off Friday, scoring early and often enroot to a 6-1 victory...

Tough early season road trip awaits

November 17, 2011

With only one event under its belt, the Gophers wrestling team will hit the road this weekend for one of its toughest tests of the season. No. 4 Minnesota will compete in road duals against No. 5 Cornell...

Gophers dominate Bison Open

Gophers dominate Bison Open

November 14, 2011

Matched up against watered-down competition, the Gophers wrestling team went into the Bison Open and took care of business. The team captured nine individual titles, including at 157 pounds, where Jake...

Gophers get started with Bison Open

November 10, 2011

For the seventh consecutive season, the Gophers wrestling team will open its season at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. âÄúThe Bison [Open] is going to be a good indicator of where our guys are at,âÄù...

Senior Zach Sanders

Jake Deitchler expected to return as Minnesota begins with Bison Open

November 10, 2011

After finishing seventh in the NCAA championships last year, the No. 4 GophersâÄô wrestling team will try to rise back to the top of the college wrestling world. Four returning All-Americans, a...

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard skates back to the Canucks' bench after a fight in the third period of a NHL hockey game Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The transition: Keith Ballard

November 9, 2011

With the GophersâÄô hockey team off to its best start in 10 years, some fans are making comparisons to the teams that won it all in 2001-02 and 2002-03. One player who had a sizeable impact on...

Gophers bounced from Big 10 tourney

November 7, 2011

After defeating Wisconsin in a convincing fashion Wednesday night, the Gophers soccer team hoped to keep its momentum rolling against Big Ten regular season champions and nationally ranked Penn State. Minnesota...

Gophers advance to second round

Gophers advance to second round

November 3, 2011

Playing in the first round of the single-elimination Big Ten tournament, the No. 5 Gophers soccer team defeated fourth-seeded Wisconsin 2-0 on Wednesday night in Evanston, Ill. Taylor Uhl and Marissa Price...

Freshman Taylor Uhl (3) runs upfield Friday, Oct. 28 against Nebraska at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.

Gophers prepare for Big Ten Tournament

November 2, 2011

Days after defeating Nebraska 6-3 in its final regular season game, the GophersâÄô soccer team heads to Evanston, Ill., for the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 5 seed. Minnesota (8-9-2, 5-4-2 Big...

Uhl named Big Ten Offensive Player, Freshman of the Week

October 31, 2011

After scoring three goals and assisting on another in Minnesota’s 6-3 win over Nebraska on Friday, Gophers soccer freshman Taylor Uhl was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of...

Offensive explosion sends Gophers to Big Ten tournament

Offensive explosion sends Gophers to Big Ten tournament

October 31, 2011

On a chilly night in the Twin Cities, the Gophers soccer team knew what was at stake, and played like it. Minnesota needed a win Friday night against Nebraska to secure the fifth seed in the Big Ten tournament....

For Gophers soccer: ‘win and you’re in’

October 27, 2011

Going into the final regular season game, the Gophers soccer team needs a win or some help to get into the Big Ten Tournament. The top eight teams make it, but the middle of the standings are bunched up...

Soccer sets attendance standard

October 26, 2011

When the Gophers soccer team takes on Nebraska in this weekendâÄôs regular season finale, it may be playing for a spot in next weekendâÄôs Big Ten Championships in Evanston, Ill. One thing...

Uhl named Big Ten Freshman of the Week again

October 24, 2011

For the second time this season, Gophers soccer freshman Taylor Uhl has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Uhl had a strong performance this weekend, dishing out two assists in the Gophers' win over...

Junior Nicole Baier goes up for a header Sunday during a game against Purdue in Falcon Heights.

Gophers disappoint with split in final home weekend bill

October 24, 2011

With the season dwindling down, the GophersâÄô soccer team found itself tied for seventh place in the Big Ten standings, fighting to stay in position to be one of the eight teams invited to the...

Oft-traveled Gophers return home

October 20, 2011

After playing eight of its last 10 games away from Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium, the Gophers soccer team will finish its Big Ten schedule at home. âÄúThe way the Big Ten has worked out weâÄôve...

No. 7 of the Minnesota women's soccer team, Allie Phillips, defends the ball against Maya Hayes of Penn State during Sunday's game in Falcon Heights.

Soccer splits season’s final road trip

October 17, 2011

On its final road trip of the season, the GophersâÄô soccer team split two games in Illinois. Minnesota (6-8-2, 3-3-2 Big Ten) lost to Illinois on Friday 1-0 and responded by defeating Northwestern...

Gophers soccer embarks on final road trip of season

October 13, 2011

After a comeback win last weekend against Iowa, the Gophers soccer team will look to keep the momentum going on its final road trip of the season. Minnesota (5-7-2, 2-2-2 Big Ten) will face Illinois on...

Roberts named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week

October 10, 2011

It was announced Monday that Gophers' soccer freshman Becca Roberts was awarded Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honors. Roberts, a Lino Lakes, Minn., native, tallied her second goal of the season in the...

Gophers overcome early deficit to beat Iowa on the road

October 10, 2011

The Gophers soccer team rallied to defeat Iowa 2-1 on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa, behind goals from freshmen Taylor Uhl and Becca Roberts. Iowa grabbed the lead in the 34th minute when Morgan Showalter...

Soccer heads south to face improved Hawkeyes

October 6, 2011

The GophersâÄô soccer team only has one game on the docket this weekend as they travel to Iowa to face the Hawkeyes. With the lighter weekend, head coach Mikki Denney WrightâÄôs team can...

Taylor Uhl defies class barriers

October 4, 2011

For Gophers soccer star Taylor Uhl, the 2011 season has been about adjustments. Fortunately for Minnesota, the on-field adjustment has gone smoothly. The freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn., has had to adjust...

Gophers tie Badgers, lose to PSU

October 3, 2011

After an inconsistent weekend in Michigan, the Gophers soccer team held tough this weekend against two top Big Ten opponents, but failed to produce a win. Minnesota and No. 21 Wisconsin played to a 2-2...

Gophers’ soccer finishes road trip and heads home

September 29, 2011

After an up and down weekend at Michigan and Michigan State, the Gophers soccer team will try to get back on track with a pair of games against the Big TenâÄôs best. Minnesota (4-6-1, 1-1-1 Big...

Junior Nicole Baier braces for a slide tackle against Sunday Sept. 18 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St Paul.  Baier assisted on Taylor Uhl's game-winning goal Friday at the University of Michigan.

Gophers last-minute goal sparks win, shutout tempers expectations

September 26, 2011

The GophersâÄô soccer team split a pair of road games in Michigan this weekend, as they defeated the Wolverines before falling to Michigan State. Minnesota (4-6-1, 1-1-1 Big Ten) beat Michigan...

Gophers’ soccer hits the road en route to Michigan

September 22, 2011

The Gophers soccer team will travel east for a pair of games against two of the conferenceâÄôs top teams this weekend after opening the Big Ten season with a draw against Ohio State. Minnesota...

Marissa and her sister Brianee Price pose for a portrait outside of Bierman.

Gophers soccer gets two for the Price of one

September 21, 2011

  When Gophers freshman Brianne Price was deciding which university to play soccer for last year as a high school senior, the Gophers had a recruiting advantage that the others didnâÄôt âÄî...

Shari Eckstrom drives the ball toward the goal in the second half of the Big Ten conference play Sunday afternoon at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in St Paul.  Eckstrom had the only goal in a 1-1, double-overtime draw.

Gophers battle to a stalemate

September 19, 2011

    On a day where the dreary weather seemed to resemble the way the young season has begun for the GophersâÄô soccer team, Minnesota opened conference play with a tie against Ohio State. The...

Minnesota soccer set to kick off conference play

September 15, 2011

  After a disappointing start to the 2011 season, the Gophers soccer team will be looking to turn things around when they face Ohio State. Minnesota (3-5) will face off against the No. 25 Buckeyes...


Eckstrom trying to rub off on Gophers’ green rookies

September 14, 2011

  Young teams need an experienced player who, along with coaches, helps others adjust to the college game. Shari Eckstrom fills that role for the Gophers soccer team. Eckstrom is one of five seniors...


Gophers’ soccer splits road weekend in Illinois

September 12, 2011

The Gophers soccer team split a weekend series in Illinois this weekend against Illinois State and DePaul. Minnesota (3-5) defeated the Redbirds (3-3) on Friday âÄî which snapped a two-game losing...

Looking to reverse fortunes, Gophers head to Illinois

September 8, 2011

  After a disappointing weekend at the Minnesota Gold Classic, the Gopher womenâÄôs soccer team will look to get back on track when they head east to take on Illinois State and DePaul. Minnesota...

Gophers drop two in Minnesota Gold Classic

September 6, 2011

Head coach Mikki Denney Wright was not pleased after getting swept on her home turf this weekend. After chippy play Sunday, a yellow card was the difference maker in the GophersâÄô 1-0 loss to...