The Gophers wrestling team, coming off an 18-17 upset of then-No. 1 Penn State last Sunday, will try to accomplish something big again over the next two days.
Coach J Robinson’s team will try to win the 14-team National Duals in Columbus, Ohio, for a third consecutive year and the eight time overall.
The Gophers, the new No. 1 team in USA Today/NWCA ratings, are seeded first. Cornell, 10-0 and ranked No. 4 nationally, is seeded second.
Eight other teams in the field are ranked: No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 16 Virginia Tech, No. 17 Iowa State, No. 18 Illinois, No. 19 Chattanooga, No. 20 North Dakota State and No. 25 Oregon State. The Gophers have a first-round bye, as does Cornell.
The Gophers (10-1) will face the winner of the Chattanooga/NDSU match at 5 p.m. Sunday. Cornell has won the National Duals only once; Oklahoma has won the most titles with eight. Last year the Gophers beat Oklahoma State 28-9 in the championship match at Williams Arena.
Swarm falls to Rush, drops to 1-6
Callum Crawford had two goals and six assists for the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center. But his game-high eight points weren’t enough against undefeated Edmonton, which won the National Lacrosse League game 14-9.
The Rush (7-0) built a 12-4 lead going into the fourth quarter. Crawford’s second goal and two assists led a 5-2 rally that quarter, but it started too late.
Crawford leads the Swarm (1-6) with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) this season, and tallied his 175th career goal in the third quarter on a power play.
“It takes 60 minutes to win anything in any sport,” Crawford said. “The coaches said afterward that the only solution is within our dressing room right now, and we have to find that solution.”
Three freshmen lead U baseball
The Gophers baseball team improved to 2-0 this season, beating Northern Illinois 6-4 in Glendale, Ariz. Minnesota took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on designated hitter Tyler Hanson’s ground-rule double and Matt Stemper’s two-run single. Both of them are freshmen.
Hanson’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning gave the Gophers a 4-2 lead. He was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.
The Gophers got only eight hits but scored three unearned runs.
The Gophers used three pitchers. The most effective was righthander Brian Glowicki, a freshman who pitched three scoreless innings and gave up one hit. He got a save.
Gophers softball wins wild one
It took 3 hours, and 15 minutes, but the Gophers finally beat Brigham Young 13-6 Saturday in the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
BYU took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Sara Moulton, who had not allowed a run in four complete games. But the Gophers scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. Three came home on bases-loaded walks, one on Taylor LeMay’s single.