The Gophers wrestling team defeated No. 21 Lehigh 25-9 and No. 12 North Carolina 29-11 on Saturday on the first day of the South Beach Duals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Freshman Gable Steveson, ranked No. 2 at heavyweight, improved to 16-0 and was one of five Gophers to win two matches. Steveson defeated No. 6 Jordan Wood of Lehigh 9-4 and pinned No. 15 Cory Daniel of the Tar Heels in 1:43.
Also winning twice for Minnesota, No. 9 in the most recent USA Today/NWCA coaches poll, were Sean Russell at 125 pounds, Ethan Lizak at 133, Carson Brolsma at 165 and Rylee Streifel at 197.
Whitecaps win on late goal
Lee Stecklein's goal with 1:18 left in the third period lifted the Minnesota Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory over the host Buffalo Beauts in the National Women's Hockey League. Coyne Schofield's power-play goal with 8:39 remaining in the second period tied the game 1-1.
Goalie Amanda Leveille had 33 saves for the Whitecaps, who were outshot 34-27.
The Whitecaps (7-2) and Beauts (4-4) play again Sunday in Buffalo.
Auggies wrestlers arrive late for meet
The Augsburg wrestling team, ranked No. 1 in Division III, was unable to compete at the Citrus Invitational in Fort Lauderdale because of weather-related travel issues.
The team's connecting flight from Atlanta was canceled Friday, and the team was unable to rebook on another flight until early Saturday morning to Tampa — a four-hour drive from Fort Lauderdale.
The team arrived at the tournament after it had begun Saturday morning.