The Gophers wrestling team fell to three top-15 opponents Sunday at the Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. The Gophers lost to No. 13 North Carolina 20-17, No. 5 Lehigh 22-12 and No. 12 North Carolina State 31-3.
No. 6 Brett Pfarr improved to 9-0 with three victories at 197. Sam Brancale went 2-1 at 133 pounds, including an upset of ninth-ranked Mason Beckman, a two-time All-America for Lehigh. Brancale's victory was one of three upsets by Gophers wrestlers, all against the Mountain Hawks. In the bout immediately following Brancale's, No. 20 Tommy Thorn (141) upended No. 10 Randy Cruz, a two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association champion. Later in the dual, Nick Wanzek (174) earned his first victory over a ranked opponent since bumping up a weight class this season when he edged No. 12 Elliot Riddick 3-2.
Pfarr got the only Minnesota victory against N.C. State, but five Gophers wrestlers lost bouts by four points or fewer as the Wolfpack beat the Gophers for the first time in 27 years.
Division II soccer
Minnesota State Mankato (18-1-2) advanced to the NCAA women's round of 16 with a 2-0 victory over Augustana in Mankato. Mavericks scoring leader Korey Kronforst, a senior forward, had both goals.
Augustana finished 19-3-1.
•Gophers senior Ruben Weber fell 6-4, 6-4 to Miami's Max Andrews in the singles final at the National Indoor Intercollegiate tennis tournament in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.