May 20, 2013
In the annual battle for border supremacy, the University of Minnesota claimed the 2012-13 Border Battle over the University of Wisconsin. The Golden Gophers outscored the Badgers, 565-315, in the annual all-sports rivalry which tracks head-to-head results in 22 sports.
The Golden Gophers held a 120-80 advantage following the completion of the fall schedule with victories from the soccer, volleyball and women's cross country teams. Minnesota scored three second-half goals to rally past the Badger soccer team, 3-2, to earn 40 points in the competition.
Minnesota extended its lead during the winter as the women's hockey team swept a pair of series against Wisconsin, while the men's hockey team went 2-1-1 against the Badgers to hold a 25-15 edge in Border Battle points. The Gopher women's basketball and wrestling teams earned road wins in Madison to secure 40 points each.
The Golden Gophers clinched the Border Battle with 200-0 run as the men's track team, women's tennis, men's swimming and diving team, softball and men's golf teams earned 40 points apiece with either head-to-head victories or higher finishes at the Big Ten Championships.
With four wins in the last five years, Minnesota leads the all-time Border Battle series by a 5-4 margin.
Border Battle Results:
2012-13: Minnesota 565-315
2011-12: Wisconsin 455-425
2010-11: Minnesota 455-425
2009-10: Minnesota 550-330
2008-09: Minnesota 535-345
2007-08: Wisconsin 465-415
2006-07: Wisconsin 445-435
2005-06: Minnesota 530-350
2004-05: Wisconsin 235-205
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