After a long delay due to COVID and the uncertainty of what a season may look like, many of the typical Minnesota Golden Gophers winter sports have been delayed and anxiously awaiting for their schedules to be released. In the past week several of them finally have found out who and when they will play this season.
The Gophers women’s gymnastics team will enter the season ranked #11 in the nation as they will compete in a nine-meet season before the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. The Gophers will host four meets against Iowa, Penn State, Rutgers and Nebraska, and will hit the road to face Michigan, Iowa and Michigan State in a tri-meet in East Lansing and Illinois along with the annual Big 5 meet with a location TBD.
Minnesota returns senior Lexi Ramler who is one of the best gymnasts in the county and should compete for a potential Big Ten and NCAA Championship. The full schedule is below:
The Gophers men’s gymnastics team is slated to compete in six Big Ten meets with the potential addition of a virtual meet against a non-conference opponent in their final season as a varsity program. The Gophers will host home meets against Iowa, Penn State and Illinois and will hit the road to face Ohio State, Nebraska, and Michigan. The virtual match is still TBD. The Big Ten and NCAA championships are slated for April, and Minnesota was originally set to host the NCAA Championships at the Pav, but that is still TBD due to COVID concerns. Minnesota will miss it’s best gymnast, NCAA runner-up Shane Wiskus who left the U earlier this fall to move to Colorado Springs and concentrate on competing for a spot on this summer’s 2021 Olympic Roster. The full schedule is below:
The Gopher wrestling team will copete in five duel-meets and two tri-meets before the Big Ten and NCAA Championships this spring. The #12 Gophers kick off their season tonight at #4 Nebraska at 8 PM live on BTN. They will follow up that with a tri-meet next weekend against Michigan State and Maryland in East Lansing. The biggest match of the year will be January 22 at the Pav when the Gophers take on their hated rivals in Iowa. Minnesota will host Illinois and Northwestern in their final two home meets of the season and will face Rutgers and Purdue in New Jersey and then head to Wisconsin. The Big Ten Championships are scheduled for March 6-7 at Penn State, while the NCAA Championships will be held at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, March 18-20. The full schedule is below:
Swimming and Diving:
The Gophers swim and dive teams will compete in just two tri-meets this season before the Big Ten and NCAA Championships. The Gophers will head to Madison to compete against the Badgers and Purdue on January 22-23 and will host Nebraska and Iowa on February 5-6. No dates or location for the Big Ten Championships has been announced as of yet.
Indoor Track and Field:
The Gophers men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will compete in seven meets before the Big Ten Championships this spring. The Gophers will head to Iowa City for three of those meets including a duel meet Saturday against the Hawkeyes. Minnesota also will compete in a quint-meet with Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Illinois on January 23rd and the University of Iowa Open on February 13th. Minnesota heads to Lincoln for two meets, one a triangular meet against Nebraska and Iowa, and the other against the Cornhuskers, Hawkeyes and Illinois. Minnesota also will head to Champaign for a Big Ten multi-team event on January 30th. The Big ten championships will be held in Ohio in the end of February.
Additionally two cross-country meets will be held this spring to replace the missed fall season. The Big Ten Championships will occur in Shelbyville, Indiana on January 30th, and the NCAA Championships will take place at Oklahoma State on March 15th.
The Gopher volleyball schedule was released a week and a half ago and was covered HERE. Minnesota was ranked the #7 team in the nation in the initial poll earlier this week and of course will have a tough road in the Big Ten with Wisconsin ranked #1, Nebraska #4, Penn State #9, Purdue #13 and Michigan #24.