Minnesota (8-6, 4-4 Big Ten) knocked off Rider (13-5, 5-1 MAAC) 32-12 Friday in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Minnesota has fought through numerous injuries en route to an 7-6 overall record. Going in to the dual against Rider, Minnesota has yet to have its first-team wrestlers in action at the same time. That won’t change on Sunday.
No. 21 Minnesota (7-6, 4-4 Big Ten) went on the road and beat Rutgers 20-12 on Friday and Maryland 26-22 on Sunday.
Men's track and field competes in Iowa State Classic; women's team competes in three different meets
It was a busy weekend for Gophers track & field. The men’s team competed in the Iowa State Classic and captured three titles. The women’s team split into three groups and competed in three different states. Minnesota won one title at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tennessee. The Gophers captured five titles at the UST showcase in St. Paul.
With the Gophers lineup featuring six ranked wrestlers, redshirt senior Chris Pfarr can go unnoticed by the average fan. However, he doesn’t go unnoticed by his teammates and coaches.
The Minnesota men’s and women’s track & field teams traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Power Five Invitational on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. For the women's team, the name — Power Five — was fitting. The No. 11 Gophers had five first-place finishes and an additional six top three finishes.
No. 18 Minnesota (5-6, 2-4 Big Ten) fell to No. 7 Hawkeyes (11-2, 6-2 Big Ten) 34-7, handing the Gophers their fourth consecutive loss on Friday in Iowa City, Iowa.
In the early stages of the indoor season, the No. 11 Minnesota women’s track and field team is already benefitting from the addition of a six-time national champion. Junior Ayesha Champagnie transferred to Minnesota after two successful seasons at Barton Community College. Champagnie won back-to-back national titles in the pentathlon, javelin, and heptathlon before coming to Minnesota. In 2016, she set a NCJAA national record in the pentathlon with 4,003 points.
Sophomore heavyweight Rylee Streifel is in his first year as a starter for the No. 18 Gophers. Despite a challenging schedule featuring many top ranked opponents, he's made strides. Streifel has compiled a 5-8 dual record and is 8-9 overall. He’s done so while facing some of the best heavyweights in the country, including No. 2 Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder, No. 4 Michigan’s Adam Coon and No. 1 Penn State’s Nick Nevills.
Sophomore Ben Brancale was pinned in the first period of his match as No. 14 Minnesota (5-5, 2-3 Big Ten) lost to No. 20 Northwestern (8-2, 3-2 Big Ten) 20-18 Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers suffered their third straight loss.