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Gophers close season with victory

February 19, 2018

The No. 19 Gophers finished their regular season on a positive note. Minnesota (8-6, 4-4 Big Ten) knocked off Rider (13-5, 5-1 MAAC) 32-12 Friday in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. It was Minnesota’s third...

Bobby Steveson takes on Sammy Brooks of Iowa at the Sports Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 5. 2017.

Injury-ridden Gophers head into last stretch of season

February 15, 2018

Minnesota has fought through numerous injuries en route to an 7-6 overall record. Going in to the dual against Rider, Minnesota has yet to have its first-team wrestlers in action at the same time. That...

Senior Chris Pfarr at 174 takes on Northwestern's Johnny Sebastian during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Maturi Pavillion.

Minnesota snaps four-dual losing streak

February 12, 2018

The Gophers looked like they were losing at the wrong time, dropping their last four duals heading into the weekend. When the team went on the road for their most recent duals, however, that streak snapped. No....

Men’s track and field competes in Iowa State Classic; women’s team competes in three different meets

February 12, 2018

It was a busy weekend for Gophers track & field.  The men’s team competed in the Iowa State Classic and captured three titles.  The women’s team split into three groups and competed in...

Gophers Snap Skid

February 10, 2018

   The No. 21 Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6, 3-4 Big Ten) snapped their four-dual losing streak by defeating Rutgers (6-7, 2-6 Big Ten) 20-12 Friday evening in New Brunswick, N.J. The win was...

Senior Chris Pfarr at 174 takes on Northwestern's Johnny Sebastian during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at Maturi Pavillion.

Chris Pfarr’s legacy extends beyond performance

February 8, 2018

With the Gophers lineup featuring six ranked wrestlers, redshirt senior Chris Pfarr can go unnoticed by the average fan.  However, he doesn’t go unnoticed by his teammates and coaches. Pfarr brings...

Gophers have five first-place finishers

February 5, 2018

The Minnesota men’s and women’s track & field teams traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Power Five Invitational on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3.  For the women's team, the name — Power Five —...

Junior Brandon Krone at 197 wrestles a Northwestern wrestler during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28 at Maturi Pavillion.

Gophers drop fourth straight dual

February 5, 2018

Coming into the dual, head coach Brandon Eggum knew his team had a tough matchup with the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes. Iowa made sure to reaffirm Eggum's beliefs by the time the 10th match was finished. No....

Ayesha Champagnie thrives with Minnesota track and field

February 2, 2018

In the early stages of the indoor season, the No. 11 Minnesota women’s track and field team is already benefitting from the addition of a six-time national champion. Junior Ayesha Champagnie transferred...

Sophomore heavyweight wrestler Rylee Streifel matches a Northwestern wrestler during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Maturi Pavilion.

Rylee Streifel aims to keep starting position with Gophers wrestling

February 1, 2018

Sophomore heavyweight Rylee Streifel is in his first year as a starter for the No. 18 Gophers.  Despite a challenging schedule featuring many top ranked opponents, he's made strides. Streifel has...

Sophomore Ben Brancale at 149 wrestles Northhwestern during the match on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at Maturi Pavillion.

Gophers lose on pin in final match

January 29, 2018

Minnesota found itself ahead of Northwestern 18-14 with one match remaining, but a pin in the final competition proved to be costly. Sophomore Ben Brancale was pinned in the first period of his match as...

Gophers fall at Penn State

January 27, 2018

   The No. 20 Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) were defeated 35-8 by No. 1 Penn State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) Friday evening in University Park, Pa. Penn State used energy from their home...

Redshirt seniors Nick Wanzek, left, and Jake Short, both from Inver Grove Heights, have known each other since first grade and now wrestle back-to-back in the Gophers lineup.

Jake Short and Nick Wanzek share bond on and off the mat

January 25, 2018

When attending a Minnesota wrestling dual, fans can expect to see redshirt seniors Jake Short and Nick Wanzek slotted next to each other in the lineup at 157 and 165, respectively.  They appear in...

Senior Nick Wanzek at 165 wrestles with No. 5 Logan Massa during the dual against Michigan on Sunday. The Gophers lost to Michigan, their first loss of the season.

Wolverines take down Gophers at home

January 22, 2018

The Gophers efforts to make a statement against the higher-ranked Wolverines fell short on Sunday. The No. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) fell to No. 8 Michigan (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) 30-7...

Eggum is Trying to Develop Good People

January 17, 2018

   The Minnesota Golden Gophers wrestling team is currently 5-2 overall and has a 2-1 Big Ten record. That has earned them a spot in the national rankings at No. 13. The team has seven wrestlers...

Senior Jake Short at 157 attempts to take down Illini Kyle Langenderfer at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday.

Minnesota wrestling comes from behind to beat Illinois

January 15, 2018

The Fighting Illini started the dual by going up 12-8. Losses and a point deduction on the bench, it looked like Minnesota was well on its way to a second straight conference loss. Then, the comeback was...

Redshirt senior Titania Markland competes during the Border Battle at the Field House on Saturday.

Gophers use rankings as motivation to beat Badgers

January 15, 2018

This season, the Badgers are ranked ahead of the Gophers in the women's track and field standings, but Minnesota has bested Wisconsin in the teams' annual Dual for the fourth straight year. The No. 13...

Gophers Jackson Wellenstein, Ben Psicihulis, and Matthew Baker compete in the 4x400-meter relay during the Border Battle on Saturday. The relay team finished 3:18.73, helping secure the Gopher's fourth-consecutive Border Battle title.

Jackson Wellenstein leads Gophers to win

January 15, 2018

The Dual, an event where Minnesota competes against Wisconsin, has been around since 2015. So far, the Gophers have been happy with the results. Minnesota prevailed in the Border Battle with a 93-65 win...

Minnesota Drops First Big Ten Dual

January 13, 2018

   The No. 14 Gophers (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) traveled to Columbus, Ohio for a dual with the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0, 4-0 Big Ten) on Friday. The Gophers came up short and dropped their first...

Senior Chris Pfarr at 174 wrestles against sophomore Dominic Kincaid in the match against Fresno State at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 10.

Minnesota dismantles Fresno State at home

December 11, 2017

The No. 10 Gophers overpowered Fresno State on Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion.  Minnesota won all but two matches en route to a 38-7 victory. As a team, they had two pins, two technical falls...

Senior libero Dalianliz Rosado readies to hit the ball during a match against the Bruins at Maturi Pavilion on Dec. 10, 2016.

USC defeats Gophers in Sweet 16

December 11, 2017

The Gophers came into the NCAA tournament with a lower seed than it had in season's past — seventh in the bracket compared to the two seed the past two years. The Gophers were looking to make it to their...

Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy hits the ball against Wisconsin at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 21.

USC ends Gophers’ season with sweep

December 9, 2017

USC eliminated Minnesota from the NCAA tournament by sweeping the team in the Sweet 16 in Gainesville, Florida to end its season. The Trojans won 3-0 — 25-23, 28-26, 25-16 — and will face Florida in...

Sophomore Owen Webster at 184 wrestles against Air Force senior Zen Ikehara on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Maturi Pavillion in Minneapolis.

Owen Webster finds success with Gophers wrestling after transferring from Augsburg

December 7, 2017

Sophomore Owen Webster is living his childhood dream with Minnesota, but that was not always the case. Webster transferred to Minnesota after a successful year on the mat with Division III Augsburg. Even...

Middle blocker Molly Lohman jumps to spike the ball against Purdue on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Maturi Pavilion.

Due to lower expectations, Gophers play with freeing feeling

December 7, 2017

After the Gophers lost talent to graduation, this year’s team was going to need players to step up in order to be on-par with past teams.  So far, that has happened, especially in the early stages...

Tommy Thorn competes against Rutgers wrestler Anthony Ashnault in the 141-pound matchup at the Sports Pavilion on Jan. 17, 2016.

Gophers wrestlers struggle in Las Vegas at Cliff Keen Invitational

December 4, 2017

Minnesota didn’t bring some of its starters to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen Invitational and by the end of the tournament, it showed. No. 3 Ethan Lizak at 125 was the only Minnesota wrestler to finish...

The Gophers volleyball team celebrates scoring a point on the Fighting Hawks at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 1.

Gophers punch ticket to Sweet Sixteen

December 4, 2017

Minnesota swept its first round opponent — North Dakota — on Friday. However, Northern Iowa put up more of a fight in the next round. After the team went down 1-0 in the match, the Panthers fought...

Sophomore outside hitter Alexis Hart hits the ball at Maturi Pavilion during a set against the University of North Dakota on Friday, Dec. 1.

Gophers advance to third round of NCAA tournament with win over Northern Iowa

December 3, 2017

The Gophers defeated the Northern Iowa Panthers (27-8) 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers won the first set 25-18, lost the second 25-20, won...

The Gophers volleyball team celebrates scoring a point on the Fighting Hawks at Maturi Pavilion on Friday, Dec. 1. 

Gophers sweep North Dakota in opening round of NCAA tournament

December 2, 2017

The Gophers are a young team, but they have had experience playing against the Fighting Hawks.   In 2016, Minnesota defeated North Dakota — once in the regular season and another in the first round...

Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy hits the ball against Wisconsin at the Maturi Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Gophers start NCAA tournament as favorites for first two rounds

December 1, 2017

Minnesota is trying to reach the Final Four for the third consecutive season when it takes on North Dakota at 7 p.m. at the Maturi Pavillion Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.  The...

Nick Wanzek seeks better results at Las Vegas meet

November 30, 2017

Last December, redshirt senior Nick Wanzek didn’t do as well as he wanted to at the Cliff Keen Invitational, finishing eighth at 174. This Friday and Saturday, he will have a chance to have a better...


Gophers junior Samantha Seliger-Swenson sets the ball on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 in a match against Maryland in the Sports Pavillon.

Gophers aim for better postseason results

November 24, 2017

The best 64 teams in the country make the NCAA tournament and compete for a national championship. Two years in a row, the Gophers have gone to the tournament and reached the Final Four.  They hope...

Sophomore Ethan Lizak takes on Nebraska's Tim Lambeth at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20.

Gophers split weekend on road against ranked foes

November 20, 2017

The No. 6 Gophers (2-1) went on the road this weekend to face two tough tests. Friday night they passed their test by defeating No. 16 South Dakota State (0-1) 20-12.  Minnesota wasn’t as fortunate...

The Gophers Celebrate the game winning goal in overtime at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Saturday, Nov. 19. They beat Harvard 2-1 in overtime.

After trailing for the first time all month, Gophers pull off sweep over Harvard

November 20, 2017

For the first time since Oct. 28, Minnesota found itself playing from behind. The Crimson went up 1-0 in the second period after a puck bounced off the board and left goalie Eric Schierhorn out of position...

Sophomore Ethan Lizak takes on Nebraska's Tim Lambeth at the Sports Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 20.

After several stints of not competing, Lizak sets mind on national title

November 16, 2017

At the Scottrade center in St. Louis, Missouri, Division I wrestlers accomplished goals they've dreamed about so much, only Ethan Lizak didn't have the storybook ending he wanted. The 125-pounder lost...

Middle Blocker Regan Pittman hits the ball at the volleyball game against the UW-Madison Badgers at the Maturi Pavilion on Oct 21, 2017.

Pittman has fast start on the court, in the classroom

November 16, 2017

After redshirting as a freshman, Regan Pittman is a welcomed addition to the Gophers lineup this season.  “[She’s] just really steady, really consistent and [contributes] lots of good offensive...

Junior Gannon Volk at 141 wrestles Air Force's Alec Opsal at on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Maturi Pavillion in Minneapolis.

Gophers make easy work of Air Force

November 13, 2017

For Minnesota, a victory was never in doubt at Maturi Pavilion. In the first dual of the season, the Gophers won all but two matches and defeated Air Force 29-6 Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion.  “Overall,...

Outside hitter Jasmyn Martin prepares to hit the ball against Purdue on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Maturi Pavilion.

Gophers rely on deep freshman class

November 8, 2017

Minnesota heads in to its match against Purdue as No. 2 in the country, with a 23-2 record to boot.  Many of the team's key contributors are from this year's freshman class. Stephanie Samedy, Lauren...

Goalie Eric Schierhorn observes the game at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Oct. 3.

Gophers sweep Spartans, raise win streak to four games

November 6, 2017

The No. 5 Gophers (7-3-0, 3-1-0 Big Ten) defeated the Spartans (4-4-0, 0-2-0 Big Ten) 3-1 on Friday and 4-0 on Saturday at 3M Arena at Mariucci. The Gophers are currently on a season-high four-game winning...

Junior forward Tyler Sheehy keeps the puck away from Clarkson on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis.

Gophers sweep Clarkson with power play goals and penalty kill

October 30, 2017

Minnesota rode a healthy lineup, improved special teams and strong goaltending to its first sweep of the season. At 3M Arena at Mariucci, the No. 7 Gophers (5-3-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) defeated the No. 9 Clarkson...

Gophers forward Sarah Potomak maneuvers the puck away from Yale at Ridders Arena on Nov. 20, 2015.

Q&A: Sarah Potomak on Gophers women’s hockey and 2018 Olympics

October 19, 2017

This week, the Minnesota Daily talked with Sarah Potomak. Potomak ranked second among Gophers hockey players in goals and assists last season. Since then, she has taken an Olympic redshirt in an attempt...

Senior Sabrine Garrison drives the ball during the Minnesota Invitational on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minn.

Q&A: Golfer Sabrine Garrison on her team as she prepares for medical school

October 6, 2017

Sabrine Garrison is a senior on the Gopher women’s golf team. She's also preparing for medical school. You’re a month into your senior year, have you had to take on more of a leadership role? Definitely....

Q&A: Davonte Fitzgerald talks Eric Curry injury, his role on the team

September 28, 2017

This week, the Minnesota Daily talked with Gophers basketball forward Davonte Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is a redshirt senior who will play his first games for the Gophers this year after transferring from...

Outside hitter Alexis Hart pushes the ball past UCLA in the Sports Pavilion on Dec. 10, 2016.

In the Big Ten opener, Hart stands out

September 25, 2017

In the Gophers' Big Ten volleyball opener on Friday, their top returner in kills shined. Outside hitter Alexis Hart led the way for Minnesota with 20 kills in four sets against the No. 20 Michigan Wolverines...

Gophers middle blocker Hannah Tapp attempts to return the ball on  Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at the Sports Pavilion during the NCAA regional semifinal game against Missouri.

Q&A: Hannah Tapp on her pro career and growing accustomed to German culture

September 15, 2017

This week the Minnesota Daily talked with former Gophers volleyball standout, Hannah Tapp. Tapp was an American Volleyball Coaches' Association Second-Team All-American in her senior year with the Gophers....

Gophers running back Jonathan Femi-Cole gets tackled by Purdue at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 5, 2016.

Q&A: Drew Wolitarsky on becoming a Canadian citizen and his jealousy of the current Gophers offense

September 8, 2017

This week, the Minnesota Daily talked with former Gophers wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky. Wolitarsky currently plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. He made 130 catches in his collegiate career...