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US men turn in strong performances in China

By Terry L. Davis | Dec. 17, 2019, 1:11 p.m. (ET)


Dec. 17, 2019


U.S. men turn in strong results in China


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Rich Ruohonen and Korey Dropkin led their teams to successful outings in China over the past week with Ruohonen’s team capturing an event title.


Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and teammates Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Phil Tilker (Seattle) won the Changan Ford International Elite in China with a 5-4 victory over Jaap Van Drop’s team from the Netherlands. It was the third major victory for Team Ruohonen this season.


Korey Dropkin’s team was runner-up at the China Open in Tianjin. Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) and his team of Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.), Mark Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.) and Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) lost in an extra end last night to wrap up another strong performance. The Dropkin rink has had a strong season with two major tournament wins and three runner-up finishes.


What’s on tap this weekend:


The Tabitha Peterson, Jamie Sinclair and John Shuster rinks are competing this week at the Karuizawa International in Karuizawa, Japan.


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