The Gophers wrestling team, ranked No. 2 by Amateur Wrestling News, faces No. 1 Penn State at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sports Pavilion with a chance to tie for the Big Ten regular-season title with a victory.
The Nittany Lions (13-0, 7-0 Big Ten) have 10 wrestlers ranked among the nation’s top 20, the Gophers (9-1, 6-1) have eight. There could be as many four matchups between top seven wrestlers: No. 2 Zain Retherford, PSU, vs. No. 7 Chris Dardanes at 141 pounds; No. 3 Matt Brown, PSU, vs. No. 6 Logan Storley at 174; No. 3 Ed Ruth, PSU, vs. No. 5 Kevin Steinhaus, and No. 6 Morgan McIntosh vs. No. 1 Scott Schiller at 197.
The dual meet is sold out, but it will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
U softball goes to 4-0
The Gophers softball team won two more games Saturday in the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La., to improve to 4-0 in the season-opening tournament.
Senior Sara Moulton shut out Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 5-0 on a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the first game. Freshman Sara Groenewegen blanked Central Arkansas 7-0 on a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts in the second. She also had a homer and two RBI.
Erica Meyer hit a solo homer and Bree Blanchette a two-run homer to give the Gophers a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning against SIU. Kaitlyn Richardson had a two-run double in seventh.
The Gophers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Central Arkansas on Groenewegen’s double. Tyler Walker had a run-scoring triple in the fourth and Richardson a two-run double in the sixth.
• Jordan MacIntosh and Shayne Jackson each had hat tricks for the Minnesota Swarm in its 15-13 loss to the Calgary at the Xcel Energy Center in the National Lacrosse League. Jackson scored his three goals in succession, in a 2:18 stretch late in the fourth quarter, to bring the Storm (1-5) within a goal at 14-13. The last goal for the Roughnecks (3-3) came on a penalty shot with 48 seconds left.
• The Gophers men’s tennis team lost to No. 25 Harvard 4-3 at home. Minnesota’s Leandro Toledo, who was 5-0, lost 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.
• Shane Gersich of Chaska and Jack Dougherty of Cottage Grove each had an assist as the U.S. team edged the Czech Republic 3-2 to win the under-18 Five Nations tournament in Dmitrov, Russia. The U.S. team went 4-0, outscoring its opponents 20-9.
• Blake Zeiger of the Gophers women’s swimming team won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.55, nearly six seconds ahead of the field in eight-team Minnesota Challenge at the Aquatic Center. In the men’s 100 freestyle, Kyler Van Swol of the Gophers won in 44.41, edging teammate Derek Toomey by one-hundreth of a second.