The wrestlers in Minnesota’s five lower weights have had to overcome a lot during the beginning of the season. Only one wrestler who has made a start in the Gophers’ 125, 133, 141, 149 and 157-weight classes is an upperclassman, and the team overall has started their dual schedule with matchups against No. 20 South Dakota State and No. 1 Oklahoma State. The group is also down a couple of key players.
Gophers football head coach Tracy Claeys is likely to receive an extension in the offseason, multiple outlets reported Monday. Claeys just finished his first full season as the head coach of the Gophers football team and has two seasons left on his current contract. Athletics Director Mark Coyle said that Claeys, "is our head football coach" in a statement released Monday afternoon on the job status of Claeys. "Tracy and I have begun to discuss this past season and the plan for our program moving forward," Coyle said in the statement.
Mitch Leidner was short and to the point after Saturday’s loss to No. 6 Wisconsin. “[I’m] pretty pissed off.
The Gophers (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten) will try to win their first game at No. 6 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2) since 1994. A full breakdown, prediction, and other notes can be found below.
A 3-point win wasn’t going to cut it for Michael Kroells. The No. 5 heavyweight wrestler walked onto the mat with his team facing a 17-12 deficit.
Defensive lineman Steven Richardson made it clear he was especially motivated for Saturday’s game against Northwestern. In a postgame interview, the Chicago native said he wasn’t recruited by Northwestern after head coach Pat Fitzgerald looked at his below-average height in high school and determined he couldn’t play for his team. Richardson remembered that meeting on Saturday. He had two sacks and a forced fumble that helped Minnesota earn a 29-12 victory over Northwestern.
Minnesota (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) ends its home season against an evenly-matched Northwestern (5-5, 4-3 Big Ten) Saturday.
The Gophers are wrestling for at the Sports Pavilion for the first time this season – and one notable face will be missing. Saturday will be their first dual at home since 1986 without former head coach J Robinson at the helm. Interim head coach Brandon Eggum, who has been on the staff since 2001, said the team has adjusted well without Robinson in the first two opens of the season.
In his senior season, quarterback Mitch Leidner is handing the ball off more and passing less. The offense is thriving as a result. “When you’ve got great running backs like Rodney [Smith] and Shannon [Brooks], that’s just what comes with having two great backs like that,” Leidner said.
Minnesota’s loss against No. 19 Nebraska wasn’t just a tough defeat on the road. It eliminated almost all hope of the Gophers winning the Big Ten West. But the team still has something to play for.