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Physical matchup with Iowa State awaits Gophers on Sunday

Published November 30, 2007

Two Midwest powers with a long history of head-to-head battles will meet again this weekend when the Minnesota wrestling team entertains Iowa State. The top-ranked Gophers are no stranger to the No. 2...

Wilson to be inducted into Track & Field Hall of Fame

Published November 28, 2007

Gary Wilson has made a living combining a knack for teaching with a love for competition. During the past 23 years, the Minnesota women's cross country coach guided his Gophers to 10 NCAA tournament appearances...

Heavyweight spot still a question mark

Published November 26, 2007

The Minnesota wrestling team extended its dual-meet winning streak to 23 Saturday in Rochester at the first-ever Northern Quad meet. up next iowa state what: Wrestling when: 2 p.m., Sunday where: Williams...

Gophers want to make early statement at first dual meet in Rochester

Published November 21, 2007

After taking the past two weekends to get acquainted with the 2007-08 season, the top-ranked Minnesota wrestling team will compete in its first dual meet Saturday in Rochester. The Gophers take on Northern...

Men celebrate top-10 finish

Published November 20, 2007

How does one celebrate a top-10 finish at the NCAA men's cross country championships? A trip to White Castle, of course. Harold and Kumar would be proud. That's exactly where senior Justin Grunewald said...

Omaha tournament a much tougher test for Gophers

Published November 16, 2007

The Bison Open proved to be a strong start to the new season for the Minnesota wrestling team, but it was fairly clear from the beginning the meet wouldn't harbor the same top-notch competition the Gophers...

Gophers grab nine titles in tournament

Published November 12, 2007

The Minnesota wrestling team won nine of 10 weight class championships Saturday to open the 2007 campaign at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. up next kaufman-brand open what: Wrestling when: 9 a.m., Saturday where:...

Gophers add one more to already long list of honors

Published November 12, 2007

A betting man might tell you that a "sure thing" is pretty hard to come by, but the Minnesota women's cross country team is making a strong case otherwise. The sixth-ranked Gophers have done nothing but...

Gophers take to Illinois for shot at NCAA regional title

Published November 9, 2007

There were three goals mentioned in late August as the Minnesota women's cross country team prepared for the upcoming season. The Gophers hoped to win the Roy Griak for the first time since 2000, win the...

Defending champs start title defense in North Dakota for Bison Open

Published November 9, 2007

Considering the Minnesota wrestling team finished off 2006-07 with a perfect Big Ten season and a national championship, the top-ranked Gophers' trip to Fargo this weekend might seem like a low-key exhibition. Minnesota...

Minnesota will look to its seniors in effort to repeat

Published November 8, 2007

Last season, the Minnesota wrestling team strolled into the Northeast Duels in Albany, N.Y., in late November and dropped a one-point decision to No. 11 Hofstra. That Nov. 25 was the last time the Gophers...

Top runners will once again rest as Gophers prepare for NCAA midwest regional

Published November 2, 2007

The Minnesota women's cross country team will rest its top runners again this weekend at Rocky's Run, a 5-kilometer race held at Les Bolstad Golf Course Sunday at 10 a.m. The Gophers, coming off a Big...

Women finally capture Big Ten title

Published October 29, 2007

A rather unique mix of excitement, relief and emotional exhaustion accompanied Minnesota women's cross country coach Gary Wilson's words Sunday morning. All things considered, the feelings were warranted....

Rombough can repeat in Columbus

Published October 26, 2007

Two Big Ten cross country championships will take place this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, and there's no doubt two dynasty programs will be on the hot seat facing strong competition in each race. The Minnesota...

Gophers honor Johnson’s legacy with run at Les Bolstad Saturday

Published October 19, 2007

The Minnesota women's cross country team will rest its top runners again this week as the Gophers prepare to host Jack's Run Saturday, a 10 a.m. race at Les Bolstad Golf Course. The 5-kilometer event is...

Weather was just right for a solid and successful race

Published October 17, 2007

Saturday's pre-NCAA meet in Terre Haute, Ind., proved to be filled with the right ingredients for success among individual competitors throughout the day. With a weather forecast that involved overcast...

Rombough races past 23-year-old record

Published October 15, 2007

Minnesota men's cross country senior Chris Rombough signed his name into the school record books Saturday in a rather impressive fashion. The team's All-American selection from a year ago broke the school's...

Men have chance to bounce back in Indiana after fourth-place finish at Griak

Published October 12, 2007

The last time the Minnesota men's cross country team lined up at the starting line, leaves were not so evident on sidewalks and the air was not so crisp. It was the last weekend of September at the Roy...

Minnesota women take third in Duluth

Published October 8, 2007

The Minnesota women's cross country team placed third at the Minnesota-Duluth Pine Hills Invitational Saturday with a final team total of 77. The fourth-ranked Gophers, who rested its top runners in preparation...

Griak prestige attracts schools from around nation

Published October 3, 2007

On Saturday there was a buzz of competition floating around the University campus, unavoidable to those near the scene. Exertion, competitiveness and victory were present. As expected, the top teams succeeded...

In big Griak race, Minnesota women squeak out a first place decision while the men ran well enough for fourth place

Published October 1, 2007

Doubling over shortly after crossing the finish line Saturday at the 22nd annual Roy Griak Invitational, sophomore Jamie Cheever and the rest of the Minnesota women's cross country team looked as if they...

Griak, a chance to make a statement

Published September 28, 2007

Elizabeth Yetzer isn't exactly inexperienced when it comes to the Roy Griak Invitational. The Minnesota women's cross country sophomore won the girls' high school race in 2005, one year before joining...

Cheever at helm of twice-perfect Minnesota squad

Published September 19, 2007

Scanning the Minnesota women's cross country team's finishes over the past two weeks, a glaring trend hopped off the page in an unavoidable way. Two regular-season meets involving the Gophers' top 12 runners....

Minnesota grabs perferct score in S.D.

Published September 17, 2007

One might imagine the Minnesota women's cross country team likes to run in Brookings, S.D. The eighth-ranked Gophers earned a perfect score at the South Dakota State Jackrabbit Invite on Saturday, showing...

Following dominant showing at Oz Memorial, women head to S.D. to find stride

Published September 14, 2007

Despite a split-squad effort coming up, not much will be different between the Minnesota women's cross country team's meet last weekend and the one they'll compete in tomorrow. The Gophers will send their...

After missing NCAA’s last season, Gophers on a mission to set things straight

Published September 12, 2007

Antonio Vega had more than enough reason to join the Minnesota men's cross country team when they recruited him out of high school. Vega, who would become an All-American with the Gophers, said he was...

With two chances to run, men will split this weekend

Published September 7, 2007

In an attempt to assemble the best unified squad in 2007, the Minnesota men's cross country team is using a less than conventional approach this weekend: Coach Steve Plasencia is splitting his team up. And...

Women’s cross country gets a self evaluation during exhibition run at Les Bolstad

Published September 4, 2007

Coming off back-to-back seasons that ended in the NCAA Championships, one word that might sum up expectations for the Minnesota women's cross country team in 2007 is "optimism." But until the squad makes...

Halldorson leaves women’s hockey; O’Brien heads for NHL’s Senators

Published August 15, 2007

Laura Halldorson announced Saturday that she's stepping down as the Minnesota women's hockey coach. Halldorson spent 11 years behind the Gophers' bench, and in the process she made Minnesota into a national...

Gophers express high expectations for 2007

Published August 15, 2007

With stone-cold sincerity in his voice, Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert wasted no time expressing how much confidence he has in his Gophers at Tuesday's team media day. "This is the deepest collection...

Swimming team excels; football begins practice

Published August 8, 2007

The Minnesota women's swimming team finished the 2007 ConocoPhillips Swimming National Championships on Saturday with nine school records and seven Olympic Trials qualifying times. Juniors Stacy Busack...

Latest scandal leaves black spot on sports

Published August 1, 2007

Nearly two decades ago, Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose crossed into a sports taboo when baseball officials declared he bet on games in his sport. It wasn't the first time. Eight Chicago White Sox players...

Gophers to begin practice at St. John’s

Published July 25, 2007

The Minnesota football team reached an agreement with St. John's University to open its first week of fall camp on the St. John's campus. The Gophers will begin practice in Collegeville on Aug. 6 with...

Team unity is crucial to individual success of swimmers

Published July 25, 2007

When Minnesota men's swimming assistant coach Bill Tramel came to the Gophers in 2004, something struck him instantly. Tramel spent years coaching at Georgia, North Carolina and Missouri. But as soon as...

Four dismissed from Gophers football team

Published July 18, 2007

Four members of the Minnesota football team were officially dismissed Wednesday by coach Tim Brewster. Junior defensive back Dominic Jones, sophomore defensive back Keith Massey, junior defensive end Alex...

Goligoski’s departure puts Minnesota in need of breakout seasons from returning defensemen

Published July 18, 2007

At the press conference following Minnesota's overtime loss to North Dakota in the NCAA regional final, defenseman Alex Goligoski was asked if he'd leave college early for the NHL. Goligoski, nursing a...

Goligoski signs with Pittsburgh

Published July 11, 2007

Minnesota defenseman Alex Goligoski made up his mind Tuesday: he's moving on to professional hockey. In the process, the All-America blue-liner cleared up the one remaining uncertainty surrounding next...

Rue takes home gold in Pan Am Games

Published July 11, 2007

One month ago Minnesota's freshman pole vaulter Alicia Rue took off for Sacramento, Calif., to compete in her first NCAA Championships with high hopes and expectations. The results weren't so favorable....

Former teammates remember the past

Published July 3, 2007

Sitting in the back of a private room in Applebee's on Washington Avenue, Grant Johnson and John Kundla rehash memories so meticulously one might think they just happened yesterday. The 91-year-olds (Kundla's...

Gophers’ O’Brien, incoming freshman White taken in first round of NHL draft

Published June 27, 2007

The prestige of past NHL Entry Drafts wasn't quite there for the Minnesota men's hockey team last weekend, but that doesn't mean the results weren't equally frightening for its Western Collegiate Hockey...

Tank, Wessinger named golf associate head coaches

Published June 20, 2007

Minnesota director of golf Brad James announced Friday that Andrew Tank and Kris Wessinger will assume the role of associate golf head coaches for the men's and women's golf teams. James, who became director...

Brown and Spaeth honored by Big Ten for work on and off the field

Published June 20, 2007

Two University graduates earned Big Ten honors last week relating to their success on the field and in the classroom. Emily Brown and Matt Spaeth were selected as Minnesota's recipients of the Big Ten...

Okposo to stay for his sophomore year

Published June 13, 2007

Following its March 25 overtime loss to North Dakota in the NCAA West Regional final, the Minnesota men's hockey team entered an offseason with the distinct possibility that its top underclassmen wouldn't...

Disappointing third round proved costly at NCAAs

Published June 6, 2007

Thursday seemed to be a favorable evening for the Minnesota men's golf team. After shooting four-under-par during the second round, the Gophers found themselves in second place and in considerable striking...

Okposo to stay at Minnesota

Published June 6, 2007

Minnesota men's hockey center Kyle Okposo announced Wednesday he will stay for his sophomore season with the Gophers. Okposo, the New York Islanders' No. 7 overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, anchored...

Minnesota begins NCAA title quest

Published May 30, 2007

Things didn't go exactly as planned the last time the Minnesota men's golf team hit the links. To be blunt, as their final round wrapped up, it was looking more like a disappointment. The Gophers left...

Minnesota advances to NCAAs in Virginia

Published May 23, 2007

Not much of a celebratory feeling surrounded the Minnesota men's golf team as it sat at Chipotle on Saturday in Sugar Grove, Ill. After a disappointing three rounds at the NCAA Central Regional, the Gophers...

Spaeth drafted in third round

Published April 30, 2007

Last season, Minnesota tight end Matt Spaeth capped off a Gophers career that made him the school leader in numerous tight end statistical categories. And on Saturday, he was rewarded for his efforts. The...

Johnson headed to St. Louis

Published April 20, 2007

Minnesota men's hockey defenseman Erik Johnson announced yesterday he will forego his final three years of eligibility to join the St. Louis Blues next season. Johnson, 19, who was selected No. 1 overall...

Johnson bolts for NHL

Published April 19, 2007

Suddenly the future is a little more clear for the Minnesota men's hockey team. And a little less tenacious. First-year defenseman Erik Johnson announced today that he will not return for his remaining...

Decisions likely to come soon

Published April 18, 2007

The more things are expected to change, the more they stay the same. At least for now. Of those players presumed most likely to leave the Minnesota men's hockey team during the offseason, so far only graduated...

U football program battles bad image

Published April 12, 2007

Just one week ago, optimistic talk surrounded the Minnesota football team. After all, first-year coach Tim Brewster's motivational tactics, such as bringing in former Gophers standouts and clumps of sod...

Brewster era begins at Metrodome

Published April 9, 2007

During spring practices, members of the Minnesota football team admitted the offense fell way behind the progress of the defense. Through much of the Spring Game at the Metrodome on Saturday, that proved...

U football players accused of rape

Published April 9, 2007

Three members of the Minnesota football team remain in jail after a Friday arrest in connection with an alleged sexual assault. Alex Daniels and Keith Massey, both 20, and E.J. Jones, 19, were taken into...

New excitement surrounds Minnesota football

Published April 3, 2007

Senior linebacker Mike Sherels didn't mince words when describing the Minnesota football team's goal for the upcoming season. In fact, he put it short and sweet: "Rose Bowl." It's the type of sentiment...

Tubby Smith already attracting fans

Published March 29, 2007

Last Friday's official announcement that Tubby Smith would helm the University's men's basketball program caused shocked fans to snap up season tickets in a hurry. University officials are hoping those...

For first time ever, no No. 1 seeds advance to Frozen Four

Published March 26, 2007

>DENVER - It's a funny thing, but it seems like this year was a terrible time to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Two regionals witnessed top teams fall in the first round: Clarkson lost to Massachusetts...

Gophers come up short in Colorado

Published March 26, 2007

>DENVER - It looked like a replay from last weekend's Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five. The top-seeded Minnesota men's hockey team played a tight first round game Friday, this time with...

Gophers set to start tournament in Denver

Published March 23, 2007

Adrenaline and a raucous crowd seemed to propel Minnesota's men's hockey team to its best back-to-back game performances in recent memory last weekend at the Western Collegiate Final Five. But that was...

Gophers escape first round with a win

Published March 23, 2007

DENVER, Colo. - With less than nine minutes remaining in Saturday's NCAA West Regional semifinal, Minnesota's men's hockey team trailed 3-1 and looked like it was headed for an early playoff exit for the...

Consistent Briggs adding to legacy

Published March 22, 2007

Four years ago, Minnesota's men's hockey team came into its 2003-2004 campaign preparing to defend its back-to-back national titles with would-be junior goaltender Travis Weber between the pipes. At the...

Top-seeded Minnesota taking nothing for granted

Published March 20, 2007

After backing up its Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season championship with a conference playoff title last weekend, the Minnesota men's hockey team earned the top overall seed in the NCAA...

Broadmoor Trophy belongs to Minnesota

Published March 19, 2007

>ST. PAUL - Lately, it seems like Minnesota men's hockey coach Don Lucia's favorite quote is that at this time of year, a team's best players have to be their best players. Well, Blake Wheeler had trouble...

WCHA tournament once again proves to be unpredictable

Published March 19, 2007

When it comes to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five, nothing that occurs during the regular season carries any weight. Just ask Minnesota's men's hockey team. A year ago, the Gophers...

With eyes on Final Five, Minnesota begins first round play

Published March 9, 2007

Junior forward Ben Gordon's hairdo was as painfully obvious as his words before practice on Wednesday. "It's playoff time, guys," he announced while removing his hat. His hair, sporting a bleach-blond...

Minnesota blows late lead as Seawolves even series at one

Published March 9, 2007

Through two and one half periods, it looked as though the Minnesota men's hockey team was headed to St. Paul for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five. What a difference one shot can make. Alaska...

Gophers down Seawolves, take 1-0 series lead

Published March 9, 2007

Two goals by freshman forward Jay Barriball propelled Minnesota's men's hockey team to a 6-2 win over Alaska Anchorage Friday at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers, top-seeded in the Western Collegiate Hockey...

Gophers eliminate Seawolves

Published March 9, 2007

Alaska Anchorage gave Minnesota's men's hockey team more than it wanted to deal with in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association first round matchup. The 10th-seeded Seawolves forced a decisive game...

After wild regular season, no team safe in WCHA tourney

Published March 7, 2007

The road to the 2007 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five effectively begins this weekend, and if any of the top seeds think they're a lock for a trip to the championship round, they haven't...

Gophers clinch cup, but concerns arise

Published March 5, 2007

In a weekend where Minnesota's men's hockey team locked up the conference crown, few positive words were uttered as players and coaches left Saturday night. up next Alaska anchorage when: 7:07 p.m. Friday where:...

Gophers learn lesson, cherish MacNaughton Cup this time around

Published March 5, 2007

Perhaps this year's edition of Minnesota's men's hockey team is filled with more youth enthusiasm than last year's. Or maybe they just learned the hard way to appreciate titles when they come along. One...

Plenty to play for as Minnesota hosts Michigan Tech in regular-season finale

Published March 2, 2007

After a disappointing sweep at the hands of St. Cloud State last weekend, Minnesota's men's hockey team has one more tune-up before the postseason begins. But with Michigan Tech coming to town, a streaking...

Gophers repeat as conference champs

Published March 2, 2007

It was a struggle to seal the deal, but in the end, Minnesota's men's hockey team huddled in celebration Friday as the team won its second straight Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season...

Kaufmann’s hat trick not enough for Minnesota

Published March 2, 2007

If Minnesota's men's hockey team hopes to win a national title, it'd better hope St. Louis the city treats them better than St. Louis the player. Michigan Tech sophomore forward Justin St. Louis notched...

Barriball involved in trade for NHL superstar Guerin

Published March 1, 2007

With the NHL trading deadline passing this week, a Minnesota men's hockey player found himself in the midst of teams trying to gear up for a Stanley Cup run. The San Jose Sharks traded the rights to freshman...

Success between the pipes

Published February 27, 2007

Two Mariucci Arena locker rooms, sitting just down the hallway from each other, could've passed as two different worlds Saturday night. With a two-game sweep in a home-and-home series, St. Cloud State...

Huskies put celebration on ice

Published February 26, 2007

With a smile on his face outside the visiting locker room Saturday night, St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko's first three words said it all. "Now it's interesting," he said with a grin. up next Michigan...

St. Cloud State sweeps Minnesota

Published February 23, 2007

Suddenly the top of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings look a bit more interesting. Conference-leading Minnesota failed again to lock up the WCHA crown against second-place St. Cloud State,...

Gophers closing in on crown

Published February 23, 2007

The Minnesota men's hockey team has a chance to do something even recent Gophers' national champion squads failed to do. Second-ranked Minnesota is a win or tie away from clinching at least a share of...

Huskies cruise past Gophers

Published February 23, 2007

ST. CLOUD - If Minnesota's men's hockey team dreamed of coasting toward a MacNaughton Cup ceremony this weekend, consider Friday's game in St. Cloud a rude awakening. The second-ranked Gophers played uninspired...

Johnson leads normal life despite hype

Published February 22, 2007

As Gophers assistant coach Mike Guentzel explains the first drill at practice, Erik Johnson stretches while listening attentively in the midst of his huddled teammates. The freshman defenseman, wearing...

Kaufmann and Carman lead Minnesota in sweep

Published February 19, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Minnesota men's hockey team entered its series with Colorado College having a solid grasp on the MacNaughton Cup. After a series sweep at Colorado Springs World Arena, it's...

After bye week, Gophers take on Tigers

Published February 16, 2007

Last October, Colorado College left Minneapolis with a bad taste in its mouth. The Tigers ran into a red-hot Minnesota men's hockey team - one that thoroughly dismantled Colorado College, outscoring them...

Kaufmann returns with a bang in Minnesota’s win

Published February 16, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Welcome back, Evan Kaufmann. The junior forward returned from a 10-game absence with a bang, netting two third-period goals in the Minnesota men's hockey team's 3-2 win at Colorado...

MacNaughton Cup within reach after sweep

Published February 16, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS - It was an affair filled with awkward bounces, missed passes and whiffs. But Minnesota's men's hockey team learned it's not always about being pretty. The second-ranked Gophers doubled...

Minnesota might be back to full strength this weekend

Published February 13, 2007

It's been a while since the Minnesota men's hockey team had a full bench. The Gophers haven't dressed 12 forwards for a game since early January because of injuries and forward Tyler Hirsch's dismissal...

Clint Brewster signs with Gophers

Published February 8, 2007

Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster didn't take long ushering in the new "Gophers football era" with his son on board. Clint Brewster, a four-star quarterback recruit out of J.K. Mullen High School in...

Pair of Gophers garner weekly awards

Published February 7, 2007

Two members of Minnesota's men's hockey team earned awards from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association this week. Junior forward Mike Howe took home the Offensive Player of the Week after a four-point...

Minnesota increases lead in conference with sweep

Published February 5, 2007

It was a week where members of Minnesota's men's hockey team stressed getting back to its roots. The Gophers succeeded in a much larger capacity than they anticipated during a sweep of Alaska Anchorage...

Gophers will try to rebound against Alaska Anchorage

Published February 2, 2007

The road to the MacNaughton Cup might - for the time being -go through defending, regular-season champion and conference-leading Minnesota, but that road won't lead through Minneapolis anytime soon. The...

Gophers drop in national polls, conference race tightens

Published February 1, 2007

One sweep of North Dakota's broom and the Minnesota men's hockey team fell from atop the college hockey world where it had been for nine weeks. The third-ranked Gophers watched No. 1 New Hampshire and...

Sioux embarass Gophers at home

Published January 29, 2007

In a weekend where the number "two" reared its head time and time again, Minnesota's men's hockey team never benefited from any of the number's good fortune. The top-ranked Gophers dropped two games to...

Dangerous Sioux team comes to town to take on top-ranked Minnesota

Published January 26, 2007

In poker, the definition of "slow play" is initially making the opposition think a strong hand is weak before revealing its true strength. Someone might need to tell North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol he's...

Gophers suffer home sweep at hands of Sioux

Published January 26, 2007

Minnesota sophomore goaltender Jeff Frazee's night ended on a first period, short-handed goal that bounced the entire length of the ice and into the net. That goal by North Dakota junior defenseman Robbie...

Another Friday Loss for Gophers

Published January 26, 2007

Five unanswered goals left Minnesota's men's hockey team stunned for the third straight Friday night, this time losing 5-3 at the hands of No. 15 North Dakota in front of 10,197 people at Mariucci Arena. The...

Penalty kill crucial in series against North Dakota

Published January 25, 2007

Not many teams work the power play better than North Dakota. The Sioux boast a league-best 23.4 percent proficiency rate on the man advantage during Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, which might...

Offense begins to find its way again in win

Published January 23, 2007

In comparison to its fiery start, the Minnesota men's hockey team endured what might look like a rough stretch the past two weekends. After all, the Gophers tore through the first half of their season,...

Another split for Minnesota

Published January 22, 2007

One week after its 22-game unbeaten streak was snapped, the top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey team watched its 21-home game unbeaten streak dry up with a 1-0 loss Friday to No. 5 Denver. up next North...

Top goalies do battle at Mariucci this weekend

Published January 19, 2007

Denver coach George Gwozdecky might have summed up the rest of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's feelings toward Minnesota's men's hockey team in a nutshell. "(The remaining schedule) is more...

Gophers and Huskies see unbeaten streaks come to an end as season’s second half begins

Published January 18, 2007

If last weekend's Western Collegiate Hockey Association showdowns are any indication of what's in store for the rest of the season, 2006-2007 is shaping up to be a gem. Two national powerhouses, No. 1...