USA concludes World Wheelchair B on winning note

By Terry L. Davis | Dec. 01, 2019, 11:49 a.m. (ET)

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Dec. 1, 2019

 

USA closes out World Wheelchair B with win over Hungary

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s time at the World Wheelchair B Curling Championship ended on a winning note as the Americans defeated Hungary, 10-4, as the round robin wrapped up today in Lohja, Finland.

 

Steve Emt and the Toyota USA Curling National Team took a modest lead in the opening end and never relented in earning their second win at Kisakallio Sports Institute.

 

Emt (Hebron, Conn.) and his team of Matthew Thums (Weston, Wis.), David Samsa (Suamico, Wis.), Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.), and alternate Pam Wilson (Westminster, Colo.) finished the round robin with a 2-5 record after the victory over Viktor Beke’s squad.

 

In today’s qualification playoffs, the Czech Republic will battle Italy while Germany is taking on Sweden. The winners advance to the semifinals where Canada and Slovenia await. The top three teams will earn the available berths to the 2020 World Wheelchair Championship in Switzerland. The U.S. team will have to wait a year to try to qualify for the 2021 event where important 2022 Paralympic Winter Games qualification points will be up for grabs.

 

Line score:

*USA                   103 042 0x – 10

Hungary             010 200 1x – 4

*last rock in first end

 

Standings, Group A:

Canada               5-1Q

Italy                     4-2Q

Sweden              4-2Q

Turkey                3-3

Finland               3-3

Japan                  2-4

Poland                0-6

 

Standings, Group B:

Slovenia              6-1Q

Germany            6-1Q

Czech Rep.         5-2Q

Denmark            3-4

England              3-4

USA                     2-5

Lithuania            2-5

Hungary             1-6

Q=qualified to playoffs

 

Live scores are posted at https://worldcurling.org/events/wwhbcc2019/.

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Brakebush, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Franklin Group, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), Sitrin, Thorne, Toyota, Traveler’s Choice, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and Volt, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Rock Solid Productions Inc., United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).