Gopher Womens Hockey, Wrestlers look for National titles 20 Mar 14

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has returned to the national semifinals of women’s hockey, this time carrying a loss on the record and a little less stress.

After completing the first undefeated season in the 14-year history of the NCAA-sanctioned sport last March, the Gophers stretched their winning streak to a record 62 games until losing in November to North Dakota. Finally, they could relax a little.

Despite losing several key players from last season’s champions, to graduation or the Olympics, the Gophers (37-1-1) regrouped and raced past the competition again on their way to the Women’s Frozen Four. They play rival Wisconsin on Friday in Hamden, Conn. If they win, their chance to win a third championship in a row will come on Sunday against either Mercyhurst or Clarkson.






OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Penn State is favored to win its fourth consecutive NCAA wrestling title this weekend.

Traditional powers Iowa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Minnesota are expected to challenge the Nittany Lions. The finals will be Saturday in Oklahoma City.

A pair of seniors — two-time national champion Ed Ruth and three-time national finalist David Taylor — lead Penn State.

Ruth, who has lost once in the past three years, is the No. 2 seed at 184 pounds. Maryland’s Jimmy Sheptock is the No. 1 seed. Cornell freshman Gabriel Dean (35-2) defeated Ruth this season, and a rematch is possible in the semifinals.

Taylor, who won the 165-pound title in 2012 and finished second last year, is 29-0.

The Gophers are led by two time champion Tony Nelson.