The No. 1-ranked Gophers wrestling team will face Illinois, No. 9 in the InterMat rankings, at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.
This will be the first meeting between the teams since 2012-13 when Minnesota edged the Illini 18-14 by winning the final four matches.
One of the top matches will be at 157 pounds with Gophers senior Dylan Ness (21-0) vs. redshirt freshman Isaiah Martinez (19-0).
Minnesota is 8-0 overall, 4-0 in the Big Ten; Illinois is 8-2, 2-1 after a 25-12 loss at Iowa on Friday.
The Gophers have won 15 consecutive dual meets going back to last season.
U gymnasts fall
Oklahoma, the No. 1-ranked team in women’s gymnastics and the defending NCAA co-champion, beat the Gophers 196.500 to 194.475 on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion.
Junior Lindsay Mable of the Gophers won the balance beam with a score of 9.900 while teammate Hanna Nord- quist (9.875) tied for second. But the Sooners took the top two spots in the other three events.
Mable edged teammate Jenny Covers 39.425 to 39.050 for the top all-around score. The Sooners did not have anyone compete in all four events.
Chayse Capps and Haley Scaman of Oklahoma (2-0) tied for first place in vault (9.900), Brenna Dowell won uneven parallel bars (9.950), and Kara Lovan and Scaman tied for first in floor exercise (9.900).
U wins twice in tennis
The Gophers men’s tennis team opened its 2015 indoor season by beating Marquette 6-1 and South Dakota State 7-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Against the Warriors, Minnesota won every match except No. 6 singles. Leandro Toledo, ranked No. 17 in the country, defeated Vukasin Teofanovic 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) at first singles and paired with Eric Frueh to win 6-2 at second doubles.
Against South Dakota State, Toledo beat Andrea Boglic 6-2, 6-3 to lead the singles sweep.
• Gophers throwers won two events on Saturday in the Minnesota Open held in the university’s fieldhouse. Justin Barber won the weight throw (69 feet, 4 inches) and Luke Johnson won the shot put (57-1½). Teammate Logan Markuson won the pole vault (16-0). Barber’s toss is the fifth best in the nation this year.
• The Gophers men’s gymnasts finished fifth out of six teams in the Windy City Invitational. Steve Jaciuk’s third place on parallel bars was the team’s best finish. Illinois won the team title.