University of Minnesota Coaches Corner – December 2, 2015

In this week’s Coach’s Corner, Gopher Wrestling Head Assistant Coach Brandon Eggum breaks down the Gophers’ dual at Oklahoma State – in which the teams split 10 matches – and provides a quick look ahead at the Minnesota lineup for this weekend’s Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

Coach’s Corner is a weekly series that debuts every Wednesday. Fans can find the latest episodes here on GopherSports.com and on the 2015-16 Gopher Wrestling playlist on YouTube . For all the latest news around the program, keep it tuned to GopherSports.com and be sure to follow Gopher Wrestling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Gophers advance four to finals at Husky Open

A group of 11 unattached Minnesota wrestlers competed in the Holiday Inn / Husky Open at St. Cloud State on Saturday. One-third of the Gopher contingent reached the championship bout at their weights, led by Steve Polakowski and Brad Dolezal, who won titles at 125 and 157 pounds, respectively.

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The tournament was the second of the season for Polakowski, who finished fourth at 133 pounds at the Daktronics Open six weeks ago. On Saturday, he opened the tournament with a pin and a tech fall before earning a hard-fought 1-0 decision in the title match.

Saturday’s tournament was also the first action for Dolezal since the Dak. He began the day with a 9-0 major decision before three consecutive decisions, including a 16-10 shootout in the semifinals. Dolezal’s 4-0 performance earned him his first tournament title since the 2013-14 season, when he won the 157 title at the Dubuque Open.

Two other Gophers finished as runners-up on Saturday, with Ben Brancale finishing second at 141 pounds and Dylan Urbach taking second at 165. It was the first time in his young collegiate career that Brancale has advanced to the championship bout of a tournament. It was Urbach’s second finals appearance. His first came in last year’s North Country Open.

Five additional Gophers placed at the Husky Open: Gresh Jones at 141, Tim Christianson at 174, Dalton Lunde at 184 and both Luke Destiche and Rylee Streifel at 285.

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St. Cloud State Holiday Inn/Husky Open Results

Gopher Match Results:

125

Steve Polakowski (3-0, 1st Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Bye
Quarters: Steve Polakowski fall (2:22) Cornelious Elliott (St. Cloud State)
Semis: Steve Polakowski tech fall Brandon Briggs (St. Cloud State), 20-3
Finals: Steve Polakowski dec Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud State), 1-0

133

Gresh Jones (2-2, 4th Place)
Quarters: Gresh Jones fall (5:38) Tyler Pasvogel (St. Cloud State)
Semis: Quinten Berres (St. Cloud State) fall (1:24) Gresh Jones
Cons Semis: Gresh Jones fall (0:36) Curt Palodichuk (Rochester Community College)
3rd Place: David Flynn (North Dakota State) dec Gresh Jones, 2-0

141

Ben Brancale (3-1, 2nd Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Ben Brancale dec Daniel Polanco (St. Cloud State), 3-1
Quarters: Ben Brancale fall (2:27) Joe Mosley (St. Cloud State)
Semis: Ben Brancale dec Travis Swanson (St. Cloud State), 7-4
Finals: Tanner Trembley (St. Cloud State) dec Ben Brancale, 6-3

157

Brad Dolezal (4-0, 1st Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Brad Dolezal maj dec Boone Young (Augsburg), 9-0
Quarters: Brad Dolezal dec Coltan Laganiere (Rochester Community College), 2-1
Semis: Brad Dolezal dec Larry Bomstad (St. Cloud State), 16-10
Finals: Brad Dolezal dec Travis Holt (St. Cloud State), 9-7

165

Dylan Urbach (2-1, 2nd Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Bye
Quarters: Dylan Urbach dec Josh Berg (St. Cloud State), 6-2
Semis: Dylan Urbach dec Eric Hensel (Augsburg), 17-11
Finals: Clint Poster (St. Cloud State) dec Dylan Urbach, 9-2

174

Tim Christianson (3-2, 4th Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Tim Christianson dec Austin Rake (St. Cloud State), 13-11
Quarters: Tim Christianson dec Aaron Bates (St. Cloud State), 10-5
Semis: Clayton Jennissen (St. Cloud State) dec Tim Christianson, 7-6
Cons Semis: Tim Christianson dec Austin Rake (St. Cloud State), 10-4
3rd Place: Charley Popp (North Dakota State) dec Tim Christianson, 8-6

Tijani Karaborni (0-2)
Champ Rnd 1: Brady Nelson (St. Cloud State) fall (1:55) Tijani Karaborni
Cons Rnd 1: Todd Fairbanks (Rochester Community College) dec Tijani Karaborni, 7-2

184

Dalton Lunde (3-1, 3rd Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Bye
Quarters: Dalton Lunde fall (5:00) Rob Tait (St. John’s)
Semis: Garret Miller (St. Cloud State) dec Dalton Lunde, 7-4
Cons Semis: Dalton Lunde dec Niko Anderson (Augsburg), 8-3
3rd Place: Dalton Lunde dec Sebastian Larson (Augsburg), 6-4

285

Luke Destiche (5-1, 3rd Place)
Champd Rnd 1: Luke Destiche dec Chase Nottestad (Rochester Community College), 6-1
Quarters: Donald Longendyke (Augsburg) fall (1:50) Luke Destiche
Round of 12: Luke Destiche fall (1:07) L Hernandez
Cons Quarters: Luke Destiche dec Cody Linssen (St. Cloud State), 4-0
Cons Semis: Luke Destich med. for. Nate Rose
3rd Place: Luke Destich RULE Rylee Streifel

Rylee Streifel (2-2, 4th Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Bye
Quarters: Rylee Streifel dec Cody Linssen (St. Cloud State), 8-1
Semis: Donlad Longendyke (Augsburg) dec Rylee Streifel, 5-0
Cons Semis: Rylee Streifel dec Colin Fisher (St. John’s), 6-0
3rd Place: Luke Destiche RULE Rylee Streifel

Nate Rose (2-1)
Champ Rnd 1: Nate Rose fall (0:18) Robert Caudillo (Augsburg)
Quarters: Nate Rose dec Colin Fisher (St. John’s), 6-0
Semis: Austin Goergen (St. Cloud State) maj dec Nate Rose, 14-3
Cons Semis: Luke Destiche med. for. Nate Rose

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Was SmackDown’s Viewership Able To Top RAW With WWE Title Change?

This week’s episode of SmackDown LIVE was able to generate an average of 2.312 million viewers. This is up 11% from last week’s 2.088 million viewers and was the most watched episode since SmackDown 1000 on October 16th. Excluding SmackDown 1000, it was the most watched episode since The SummerSlam Fallout Show on August 21st. This week’s episode of SmackDown LIVE featured Daniel Bryan defeating AJ Styles for The WWE Title. 
SmackDown was #8 in viewership for the night on cable, behind Rachel Maddow Show, Hannity, Curse of Oak Island, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Five, Last Word, The Ingraham Angle and Special Report. SmackDown was #1 in the 18-49 demographic this week.
The big draw on network TV at 8PM was NCIS on CBS, which drew 12.467 million viewers. The Conners drew 6.941 million viewers on ABC while The Voice drew 8.848 million viewers on NBC and The Gifted on Fox drew 1.889 million viewers, all in The 8PM hour. Although it was closer than most weeks, the audience for RAW, which averaged 2.450 million viewers, still topped SmackDown by 6%.
Below is SmackDown LIVE’s viewership numbers for the rest of 2018:
– January 2nd Episode: 2.720 million viewers
– January 9th Episode: 2.603 million viewers
– January 16th Episode: 2.602 million viewers
– January 23rd Episode: 2.580 million viewers (Royal Rumble Go-Home Episode)
– January 30th Episode: 2.509 million viewers (Royal Rumble Fallout Episode)
– February 6th Episode: 2.505 million viewers
– February 13th Episode: 2.449 million viewers
– February 20th Episode: 2.613 million viewers
– February 27th Episode: 2.692 million viewers
– March 6th Episode: 2.590 million viewers (Fastlane Go-Home Episode)
– March 13th Episode: 2.771 million viewers (Fastlane Fallout Episode)
– March 20th Episode: 2.888 million viewers
– March 27th Episode: 2.576 million viewers
– April 3rd Episode: 2.467 million viewers (WrestleMania 34 Go-Home Episode)
– April 10th Episode: 2.952 million viewers (WrestleMania 34 Fallout Episode)
– April 17th Episode: 2.796 million viewers (Superstar Shakeup Episode)
– April 24th Episode: 2.549 million viewers
– May 1st Episode: 2.436 million viewers (Backlash Go-Home Episode)
– May 8th Episode: 2.293 million viewers (Backlash Fallout Episode)
– May 15th Episode: 2.298 million viewers (Taped Episode From London)
– May 22nd Episode: 2.195 million viewers
– May 29th Episode: 2.195 million viewers
– June 5th Episode: 2.138 million viewers
– June 12th Episode: 2.183 million viewers (MITB Go-Home Episode)
– June 19th Episode: 2.315 million viewers (MITB Fallout Episode)
– June 26th Episode: 2.135 million viewers
– July 3rd Episode: 2.013 million viewers
– July 10th Episode: 2.183 million viewers (Extreme Rules Go-Home Episode)
– July 17th Episode: 2.293 million viewers (Extreme Rules Fallout Episode)
– July 24th Episode: 2.340 million viewers
– July 31st Episode: 2.401 million viewers
– August 7th Episode: 2.197 million viewers
– August 14th Episode: 2.189 million viewers (SummerSlam Go-Home Episode)
– August 21st Episode: 2.437 million viewers (SummerSlam Fallout Episode)
– August 28th Episode: 2.350 million viewers
– September 4th Episode: 2.319 million viewers
– September 11th Episode: 2.229 million viewers (HIAC Go-Home Episode)
– September 18th Episode: 2.281 million viewers (HIAC Fallout Episode)
– September 25th Episode: 2.193 million viewers
– October 2nd Episode: 2.095 million viewers (Super Show-Down Go-Home Episode)
– October 9th Episode: 2.135 million viewers (Super Show-Down Fallout Episode)
– October 16th Episode: 2.545 million viewers (SmackDown 1000 Episode)
– October 23rd Episode: 2.087 million viewers (Evolution Go-Home Episode)
– October 30th Episode: 2.110 million viewers (Evolution Fallout Episode/ Crown Jewel Go-Home Episode)
– November 6th Episode: 2.088 million viewers (Crown Jewel Fallout Episode/ Taped Episode From England)
– November 13th Episode: 2.312 million viewers (Survivor Series Go-Home Episode)
2017 Total: 132.401 million viewers
2017 Average: 2.546 million viewers per episode
Source: ShowBuzz Daily

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