No. 2 Minnesota split a pair of duals on its road trip to Michigan over the weekend.
The Gophers fell to No. 19 Michigan 19-14 on Sunday afternoon, just two days after they dominated Michigan State 35-3.
The Gophers (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) fell behind early Sunday after losing five of the first six matches against Michigan (7-2, 3-0 Big Ten), but they won three straight matches down the stretch to pull within two points heading into the heavyweight bout.
Not many athletes can say they’ve embarked on a professional athletics career before college.
Gophers wrestler Conrad Rangell can.
Rangell spent five years playing professional paintball and returned to school in 2010. He won California community college state wrestling championships in 2010 and 2011 before transferring to Minnesota in fall 2012.
At 26, Rangell is the Gophers’ oldest wrestler, even though he’s just a redshirt junior.
Redshirt freshman Sam Brancale won his first dual match and redshirt junior Scott Schiller defeated the nation’s top-ranked 197-pound wrestler, as the No. 2 Gophers defeated No. 18 Oregon State 28-12 on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.
The Gophers won eight of 10 matches in the dual — a year after squeaking past the Beavers with an overtime decision in the final match.
“We just started out on a really good note,” head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said. “Right now, they’re all competing very well.”