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Ugly loss leaves bad taste in mouth

June 1, 1999

WACO, Texas -- Gophers baseball coach John Anderson was initially excited to make the trip to Texas for the NCAA regionals because it was a place where Minnesota had no past. But after a double-digit loss...

Trip to Texas suits Gophers

May 28, 1999

Getting stuck in the middle of Texas is hardly an ideal situation, regardless of the time of year. But these days Gophers baseball coach John Anderson finds Waco positively appealing. Waco is one of 16...

U baseball boasts pair of class clowns

May 26, 1999

Shortly before baseball practice Tuesday, Gophers Bob DeWitt and Brandon Kitzerow sat across from each other working on a crossword puzzle. "A frog's cousin?" DeWitt asked. "Toad," said Kitzerow without...

U baseball gets at-large bid to

May 25, 1999

Three Big Ten schools will be represented this weekend at one of 16 four-team NCAA baseball regional sites. Minnesota received an at-large bid Monday, along with Ohio State and Michigan. The Wolverines...

Michigan beats U for Big Ten title

May 24, 1999

After opening the Big Ten tournament with a 12-9 loss to Illinois on Thursday, the Minnesota baseball team's road to defending its 1998 title looked more like a dead end. In the four-team, double-elimination...

U upset by Illinois in opener

May 21, 1999

The Gophers baseball team excelled during the Big Ten regular season, compiling 21 conference wins in 28 attempts. But when the Gophers needed a win most at the conference tournament Thursday, they couldn't...

U freshman already a veteran of the game

May 19, 1999

He might be a true freshman contributing to the success of the Minnesota baseball team, but Jack Hannahan is actually a veteran of the sport. The Gophers infielder's baseball credentials date back to his...

U baseball will meet Illini

May 18, 1999

After splitting with Michigan State this weekend at Siebert Field, the Minnesota baseball team locked up the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament. With the conference playoff starting this week, the only...

Baseball locks up No. 2 seed

May 17, 1999

For the second consecutive season, the Minnesota baseball team will enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 2 seed, thanks to a split with Michigan State over the weekend. The Gophers, who finished the...

Backup catcher vies for

May 17, 1999

The Gophers pitching staff isn't alone in causing the right kind of roster problems as the Big Ten baseball tournament approaches. Gophers Josh Holthaus has thrown another kink into Minnesota's lineup...

U shortstop fulfills his legacy

May 14, 1999

Childhood dreams weren't based on intangibles for Gophers shortstop Rick Brosseau. Both of Brosseau's parents had reached the professional sports level. Brosseau's grandfather, Don Carlson, played basketball...

Charges filed in

May 13, 1999

University student Don Johnson pressed charges on Wednesday against Gophers wrestler Mike Cuperus for third degree assault. Johnson, 20, said the case has been turned over to the district attorney. Minneapolis...

Wrestler denies involvement in fight

May 12, 1999

Gophers wrestler Mike Cuperus said Tuesday he didn't throw the punch that broke the nose of University student Don Johnson early Sunday morning. Minneapolis police arrested Cuperus Sunday on charges of...

U pitcher surprised by Big Ten honor

May 11, 1999

Gophers pitcher Chadd Clarey wasn't pleased with his outing Sunday, citing three walks through six innings as a bit of a disappointment. The Big Ten, however, deemed his performance against Northwestern...

Gophers wrestler arrested

May 11, 1999

Minneapolis police arrested Gophers wrestler Mike Cuperus early Sunday morning on charges of third-degree assault, according to police reports. While he has not yet been charged, Cuperus was detained for...

Gophers baseball whips Wildcats

May 10, 1999

By sweeping Northwestern over the weekend, the Minnesota baseball team was assured a spot at the Big Ten tournament. But the Gophers conference regular season isn't finished yet. With the conference tournament...

Rookie hurler shines

May 10, 1999

After throwing his first collegiate pitch nearly three weeks ago in Minnesota's midweek game against Minnesota State-Mankato, Gophers pitcher Mike Kobow wasn't expecting more than just appearances against...

U pitcher’s presence deceiving

May 7, 1999

Gophers pitcher Frank Wagner comes across as a rough personality, but his teammates say he has almost mastered the art of deception. "He's just a big teddy bear," Gophers sophomore Josh Holthaus said....

Gophers eke out win over St. Thomas, 2-1

May 6, 1999

The Minnesota baseball team wasn't complaining when it left Siebert Field with a narrow win over a Division III opponent safely in the books. Spurred by two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, the...

U tallies wins,

May 4, 1999

Simply winning baseball series isn't enough. For the second consecutive week, the Minnesota baseball team took three of four games from its Big Ten foe, but still couldn't keep pace with conference-leading...

Gophers-Illini series lives up to hype

May 3, 1999

A near no-hitter. Hitters hanging in the batter's box, battling back from down-in-the-count to rip another hit. Two one-run games. The Gophers baseball team's home series against Illinois over the weekend...

Pitching-rich Gophers recover

May 3, 1999

Minnesota baseball faithfuls weren't suffering from heat stroke when they gave a standing ovation to Gophers pitcher Brad Pautz after he surrendered a hit to Illinois's Chris Basak in game one on Saturday. The...

Illini series promises to be a battle

April 30, 1999

The Illinois baseball team might fly into Minneapolis this weekend with a little extra baggage. After winning the Big Ten regular season championship last season, the favored Illini surrendered the Big...

U falls to Iowa State in extra innings, 7-6

April 29, 1999

One thing the Gophers baseball team (31-11 overall, 12-4 in the Big Ten) didn't want to do in its Wednesday game at Cap Timm Field in Ames, Iowa, was stick around for extra innings. Iowa State had already...

Scanlon scores Big Ten award

April 27, 1999

For the second consecutive week, Gophers infielder Matt Scanlon earned Big Ten player of the week honors. Minnesota (31-10 overall, 12-4 in the Big Ten) defeated Minnesota State-Mankato last Wednesday...

Gophers fall short of sweep

April 26, 1999

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Somehow, just one loss over the weekend seemed to mar the Gophers baseball team's final Big Ten road series. After recovering from a sluggish start at Indiana on Friday and claiming...

Gophers hope

April 23, 1999

The Gophers baseball team will complete the road portion of the Big Ten regular season schedule this weekend with a four-game stand at Indiana (28-9 overall, 6-6 in the Big Ten). Minnesota will then finish...

Freshman fuels Gophers romp

April 22, 1999

The Gophers pitching staff tends to be the biggest beneficiary of the baseball team's midweek schedule. With limited innings available during the weekends, several hurlers are given mound time against...

U’s Scanlon brings in player of week honor

April 20, 1999

For the first time in his career, Gophers infielder Matt Scanlon earned Big Ten player of the week honors on Monday. Scanlon was recognized for his efforts in the Gophers' (27-9 overall, 9-3 in the Big...

U baseball splits with Michigan

April 19, 1999

Solid fundamentals, respectable pitching and a run-producing offense brought the Gophers baseball team and their hopes of building on a nine-game win streak to Siebert Field on Friday. But Michigan put...

Arlt shows power, hits two bombs

April 19, 1999

Mike Arlt doesn't have the powerhitter physique. Standing less than six feet tall, Minnesota's speedy center fielder is known more for his ability to get on base with bunts and infield hits. As the Gophers...

U baseball hopes to avoid upsets against Michigan

April 16, 1999

As the Gophers baseball team prepares for its Big Ten home opener against Michigan this weekend, it's hard to forget what happened last season. An eight-game win streak and a 6-2 conference record followed...

Quinlan breaks HR record in U win

April 15, 1999

Similar to last week's 6-5, tenth-inning win at Northern Iowa, the Gophers baseball team relied on the strength of its bullpen on Wednesday. This time reliever Bob DeWitt stood on the Siebert Field mound,...

U transfer is artist on, off baseball field

April 14, 1999

Aron Amundson can hit. He can play the field. He can pitch. Oh, and he can take wet clay, throw it on a spinning wheel and make a pot better than any other member of the Gophers baseball team. As the team's...

U ace Birk out for season with injury

April 13, 1999

Minnesota will be without the services of junior pitcher Ben Birk for the rest of the season, but the Gophers baseball team has had plenty of time to prepare for his absence. An inflamed ulnar nerve in...

Quinlan posts record-setting weekend at Iowa

April 12, 1999

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Minnesota slugger Robb Quinlan pieced together a three-game run over the weekend that most college baseball players can only dream about. The senior set two career records and tied another,...

U pushes win streak to eight at Iowa

April 12, 1999

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Gophers baseball team merely followed a trend this weekend by sweeping Iowa for the third consecutive season. But Minnesota (24-7 overall, 7-1 in the Big Ten) shouldn't get all the...

U hopes to extend Iowa streak

April 9, 1999

A win over Minnesota has become almost unimaginable for Iowa's baseball team. The Gophers (20-7 overall, 3-1 in the Big Ten) seem to own their oldest rival and have an 11-game win streak against the Hawkeyes. Despite...

Bullpen boosts U at Northern Iowa

April 7, 1999

WATERLOO, Iowa -- The Gophers starting pitching rotation was left at home on Tuesday as Minnesota's baseball team traveled to Northern Iowa. Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes decided to use the midweek...

Rookie coach lets players call shots

April 6, 1999

Todd Oakes has a lot in common with the freshman members of the Gophers baseball team. As former pitching coach Mike Dee's replacement, this entire season has been a learning experience for Oakes. "At...

Freshman carry U in opener

April 5, 1999

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Instead of being greeted by tough Big Ten competition over the weekend, three freshmen members of the Gophers 30th-ranked baseball team made the first introductions. Jack Hannahan,...

Gophers’ bid for sweep falls short

April 5, 1999

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Gophers baseball coach John Anderson said defense would decide where No. 30 Minnesota (19-7 overall, 3-1 in the Big Ten) stood after its Big Ten opening weekend. The veteran coach...

U baseball to open Big Ten season

April 2, 1999

The Gophers' gloves might be their saving grace this weekend, as the 30th-ranked Minnesota baseball team opens the Big Ten season at Purdue. A leak-proof defense was the team's preseason mainstay while...

Transfer pays off for Gophers baseball team

March 30, 1999

After one season as a part of Oklahoma's baseball team, the Sooners coaching staff saw little potential in Aron Amundson. But Minnesota's coaching staff took stock in the overlooked Amundson and in his...

U sweeps past Oregon State

March 29, 1999

An impressive three-game homestand over the weekend isn't the only momentum leading the Gophers baseball team into Friday's Big Ten season opener. Minnesota (17-6) looks almost unbeatable right now. A...

Wrestlers

March 29, 1999

The dual meet season was a disappointment for Iowa's wrestling program. But fortunately for the nation's third-ranked team, four dual meet defeats and the end of its 25-year reign as Big Ten champions...

Rookie transfer leads

March 29, 1999

Aron Amundson joined Minnesota's baseball team knowing he had only one year of eligibility remaining to get the attention of major league scouts. After the senior's performance at the plate this weekend,...

Wrestlers top short list of NCAA title contenders

March 15, 1999

The apparent fall of the Iowa wrestling dynasty and a runner-up finish at the Big 12 tournament by No. 1 Oklahoma State has brought other teams into contention for the NCAA team title this weekend at State...

Lesnar’s exterior belies sensitive side

March 12, 1999

The Gophers newest grappler has built an intimidating physique, standing 6-foot-4, weighing nearly 265 pounds and carrying less than 10 percent body fat. And since joining the team in early January, junior...

Secret awaits U wrestler on TV

March 9, 1999

While the 2nd-ranked Gophers wrestling team crushed its Big Ten foes over the weekend, en route to winning the program's first conference title since 1959, redshirt freshman Jacob Clark was busy preparing...

U wrestlers begin era of their own

March 8, 1999

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Last week, Gophers senior Tim Hartung said the program's veteran grapplers were destined to finish out their careers with Minnesota on top. And after his team's performance at the Big...

Hartung slips past Iowa foe for third title

March 8, 1999

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On the eve of his last Big Ten finals appearance, Gophers senior wrestler Tim Hartung had an obstructed view of a Minnesota-record third conference crown. That obstacle was 2nd-ranked...

Big Ten title is first step for wrestlers

March 5, 1999

Five years ago, the Gophers wrestling program received a sign that their run at the top was only a few seasons away. Minnesota's newest grapplers that season were recognized as the best incoming class...

No. 1 Hartung is favorite

March 5, 1999

Through no fault of his own, Tim Hartung wasn't an eye-catching prospect as a high school wrestler. Rather, Hartung was recruited by baseball and football coaches from smaller schools during his final...

Baseball wraps up spring trip strong

March 1, 1999

The Gophers baseball team concluded its nearly two-week-long spring trip and the Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala., successfully on Sunday. Minnesota (6-4) defeated Ohio State 12-8 to finish 2-1 at...

U baseball loses 9-5 to Auburn

February 25, 1999

The sore arms of starting pitchers Ben Birk and Dan McGrath seem to be having a direct effect on the Gophers baseball team's pre-conference record. With reliever Frank Wagner assuming the role of starter,...

Gophers’ Vega makes Purdue pay for hesitation

February 23, 1999

As a collegiate wrestling prospect, Leroy Vega wanted to be loyal to his home state. But the 125-pounder from Portage, Ind. was overlooked by one of the state's top wrestling schools -- Purdue. "I would...

Kraft brothers enjoying family time in U lineup

February 22, 1999

Dan and Brenda Kraft know the true meaning of wrestling as a family sport, as parents of Gophers grapplers Chad and Matt. The Krafts are one of four sets of brothers on Minnesota's wrestling team, but...

Wrestlers finish undefeated in Big Ten

February 22, 1999

Destroying a pair of Big Ten foes over the weekend isn't exactly a major achievement for the No. 2 Gophers wrestling team. Minnesota added a different spin to the feat, however, by closing out an undefeated...

Baseball flying south for spring

February 19, 1999

Gophers pitcher Brad Pautz is looking forward to skipping town for the next 10 days, in search of real grass and blue skies. Pautz and the rest of the 26th-ranked Minnesota baseball team starts its annual...

Grapplers approaching undefeated season

February 19, 1999

The second-ranked Gophers wrestling team is poised to go undefeated this season in Big Ten action -- if it can survive two road duals this weekend. Minnesota (16-2 overall, 7-0 in the Big Ten) last accomplished...

U wrestlers earn reputation off mat

February 18, 1999

Jacob Clark and Garrett Lowney are new to Minnesota's wrestling program, both members of the Gophers top-ranked freshman class. But in their short time with the team, the redshirt grapplers already have...

U golfer puts career on hold, prepares for mission

February 18, 1999

Gophers freshman golfer Garrett Clegg fired his first swing at age five. Using his father's set of cut-down clubs, the young Clegg was not instantly taken by the sport. "We went out twice," Clegg said....

Marr making his move in polls

February 16, 1999

Gophers wrestler Troy Marr seemed lodged in the InterMat collegiate wrestling poll, never budging from mid-teen rankings. But the 14th-ranked 149-pounder's distance from the top is about to change. The...

Gophers split doubleheader, lose to Viterbo

February 16, 1999

For the second consecutive night, the Gophers baseball team trailed an a opponent from a lower division with the final at-bat looming. But late-inning heroics could not save 26th-ranked Minnesota's bid...

Golyer boosts Gophers at 133 pounds

February 15, 1999

Gophers wrestler Bart Goyler has earned a spot on the Minnesota starting roster for the second consecutive season, and with postseason action nearing, the senior has recaptured the 133-pound position. "I...

Wrestlers whip Huskers, 22-9

February 15, 1999

Nebraska's fourth-ranked wrestling team had an impressive week with two big upsets. The Huskers defeated Big XII foes Iowa State 19-18 and Oklahoma 18-17, leaving their fans with visions of an upset as...

Seniors to wrestle

February 12, 1999

Jesse Krebs provides the leadership. Tim Hartung will be remembered as a national champion -- or possibly a two-time national champion. And Chad Kraft could leave Minnesota's wrestling program as the only...

U wrestlers impress recruit

February 9, 1999

Gophers recruit Damion Hahn flew in from Lakewood, N.J., this weekend to watch his future team battle to stay unbeaten in the Big Ten. Considered the nation's top high school wrestler at any weight class,...

U baseball gets by alumni team, 9-7

February 9, 1999

The rivalry between young and old was revisited at the Metrodome on Monday, as the Gophers baseball team opened its season against a squad of Minnesota alumni. And for only the second time in the eight-year...

Baseball kicks off ’99 with Pro-Alumni game

February 8, 1999

Snow still lingers on the ground, but the baseball season opens tonight at the Metrodome for the Gophers' 26th-ranked baseball team. The highest-ranked Big Ten team takes to the field in the Galyan's Gopher...

Marr gets hot at perfect time

February 8, 1999

This weekend might leave Gophers wrestler Troy Marr smiling a bit more often. The senior seems to be hitting his stride just in time for the Big Ten tournament, and has a pair of wins from the team's two...

U wrestlers cruise to pair of Big Ten wins

February 8, 1999

Gophers coach J Robinson allowed his wrestlers to practice on their own last week, saying everyone on the team had different needs, ranging from technical work to mental relaxation. Robinson's hunch was...

Wrestlers unwind in preparation for Ohio St., Illinois

February 5, 1999

The word "quit" is not easily found in a wrestler's mind. This week, however, the 2nd-ranked Gophers wrestling team is learning how to unwind. In preparation for the team's home dual meets this weekend,...

Well-mannered wrestler becomes a beast on the mat

February 5, 1999

Gophers wrestler Owen Elzen has a shy demeanor. But that's only off the mat. When Minnesota's freshman grappler goes head-to-head with his opponent, the character displayed by Elzen is anything but calm. "There's...

Nerves nab Holiday in second loss

February 2, 1999

Walking off the mat without having his arm lifted high above his head by the referee has been a rare occurrence for Gophers wrestler Josh Holiday. Heading into Sunday's meet at Wisconsin, the senior had...

Wrestlers win two in Big Ten

February 1, 1999

MADISON, Wisc. -- After an exhausting 19-17 victory at Iowa on Saturday, the 2nd-ranked Gophers wrestlers took a respite Sunday, storming out of Wisconsin with a 36-7 win. Battling illness and nearly back-to-back...

Hartung wins despite illness

February 1, 1999

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In a match that required several precautionary trips to the mat by a trainer with a garbage bucket in hand, a flu-ridden Gophers grappler defeated his greatest nemesis for the second...

U, Iowa both looking for revenge

January 29, 1999

For Minnesota's second-ranked wrestling team, Saturday's dual meet at Iowa is a chance to prove the Gophers' recent success against No. 3 Hawkeyes was not an accident. Minnesota (9-2 overall, 3-0 in the...

Iowa grappler still recovering

January 28, 1999

Jeff Stewart, a member of the Iowa wrestling team, has built his life around wrestling. As a youngster, the Apple Valley, Minn., native was always on the mat, watching his grandpa coach high school teams...

Gophers wrestler is a wild man on, off the mat

January 28, 1999

Fishing, hunting and -- occasionally -- wrestling. These are the topics Troy Marr likes to talk about. In his fifth season with the Gophers wrestling team, the forest products marketing major has had ample...

Wrestlers battle for 133-pound spot

January 26, 1999

Gophers wrestling coaches went into the last weekend's home dual meets against No. 10 Michigan and No. 14 Michigan State hoping one of their 133-pounders would distinguish himself from the rest of the...

Wrestlers win twice to open Big Ten

January 25, 1999

The 2nd-ranked Gophers wrestling team has yet to put its entire starting line-up on the mat for a single dual meet. With injuries, illness and an unsettled weight class, Minnesota's team has not quite...

Freshman wrestling with confidence

January 25, 1999

Leroy Vega's post-match opponents take plenty of shots at him and are usually assured of scoring a takedown. Young fans are allowed on the mat after dual meets, and aspiring Gophers grapplers practiced...

Wrestlers to open Big Ten schedule

January 22, 1999

Ranked 13th in the nation, Gophers wrestler Pat Connors is in danger of losing his spot on the starting lineup to an unranked teammate. The 133-pound weight class has been unsettled since the season's...

U big man impresses at Duals

January 19, 1999

Brock Lesnar prematurely earned legend status over the weekend, wrestling at the National Duals Tournament in Iowa City. In his first real exposure to Division I collegiate wrestling faithfuls, the junior...

U beat in Duals finals by No. 1 OSU

January 19, 1999

Despite a lower ranking, Minnesota was stripped of the underdog role heading into Sunday's championship match at the National Duals wrestling tournament. No. 2 Minnesota encountered top-ranked Oklahoma...

U welcomes challenge at

January 15, 1999

Lee Fullhart handed Gophers wrestler Tim Hartung his only loss last season, a 7-6 overtime National Duals Tournament defeat which was surrounded by a questionable stalling penalty against the Minnesota...

Wrestler’s presence keeps U loose

January 14, 1999

Gophers assistant coach Marty Morgan easily separated Delaney Berger from the "pretty boys" and the "book worms" on Minnesota's wrestling team, calling Berger "a bit eccentric" and saying "he considers...

Gophers wrestle to six titles

January 11, 1999

For senior wrestler Josh Holiday, exhaustion crept in early Saturday, as the 165-pounder found himself feeling less energized than normal following his second match at the Great Plains Open in Lincoln,...

Former SEAL brings battle to U mats

January 8, 1999

Gophers redshirt freshman Steve Bartlett has no problem sharing his wrestling philosophy -- consistency, hard-work and patience. But the former Navy SEAL, is not so willing to talk when it comes to revealing...

Grapplers whip D-II Mankato

December 4, 1998

Gophers freshman Chad Erikson is steadily developing into one of the nation's top wrestlers at the 141-pound weight class. With a 16-5 decision over Minnesota State senior Travis Shives on Thursday, the...

Mankato braces for No. 2 Gophers

December 3, 1998

Although Minnesota's wrestling team barely worked up a sweat last season in its matchup against Division II Mankato -- the Mavericks were shutout by a 38-0 score -- the two programs still have plenty in...

Hebert misses out on NCAA tourney streak

December 1, 1998

For the first time in 13 years, Gophers coach Mike Hebert won't be among the coaches at the NCAA tournament. Behind an eighth place finish in the Big Ten, Minnesota (17-14 overall, 7-13 in the Big Ten)...

Ventura makes unexpected stop at

December 1, 1998

He's become a household name over the past few weeks, being spotted on Jay Leno and Meet the Press. The Minnesota Gov.-elect's most recent sighting, however, was at the end of the Gophers' wrestling bench. Decked...

No. 1 Oklahoma St. holds off No. 2 U

November 30, 1998

Accomplishing the expected was not enough to give the No. 2 Gophers wrestling team an edge over top-ranked Oklahoma State on Sunday. Heading into the matchup, Minnesota assistant coach Mark Schwab said...

Freshman falls in finale vs. top-ranked Oklahoma State

November 30, 1998

At 125 pounds, Gophers freshman Leroy Vega wanted to be the first to wrestle at Williams Arena on Sunday. But by the luck of the draw Vega found himself in the finale. With the score tied at 17 and a hyped-up...

No. 2 wrestlers look to pound

November 25, 1998

Wrestling in only his second collegiate dual meet, 5-foot-2 Leroy Vega is sure to meet a monster. No. 1 Oklahoma State will pound the Williams Arena mats on Sunday, and in the 125-pound weight class the...

U golf team signs long-time local prospect

November 25, 1998

The Gophers men's golf team's most recent recruit will soon have to trade in his surfboard for a snowboard and his swimsuit for a snowsuit. But for David Morgan, this change of personal possessions is...

U’s lone senior says NCAA goal still within reach

November 25, 1998

Whether Minnesota's women's volleyball team extends its post-season appearance streak to three years depends on only two matches. But with their final conference matches to be played in a homestand this...