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March 3, 2019
Goodland rink captures Senior Men’s National Championship title
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – A perfect week came to a close with a fifth senior men’s national title for Geoff Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) at the 2019 USA Curling Senior Men’s National Championship in Mapleton, Minn.
Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.) and teammates Mike Fraboni (Lac du Flambeau, Wis.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.), and Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.) finished the competition with a 9-0 record after defeating Phil DeVore’s Duluth team today by a 7-4 score.
They will now represent the United States at the 2019 World Senior Championships April 20-27 in Stavanger, Norway, along with the Margie Smith rink, which won the senior women’s title earlier today in Portage, Wis.
It is the fifth senior title for Goodland, 63, who sat out the championship final today with Birr in at skip, and third for Westberg, who also won in 2017 and 2016. It is the second title for Fraboni, who last won in 2008, and first for Birr and Wiza.
The game was close until the second half when Goodland’s team hung five points on the scoreboard. DeVore (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Jeff Laundergan (Esko, Minn.), Rory Ellingson (Cambridge, Minn.), and Jeff Heikkila (Duluth, Minn.) had a slim 3-2 lead prior to that. After limiting DeVore to a single point in the sixth end, Goodland’s group methodically kept the house empty to blank the seventh and ran DeVore’s team out of rocks in the eighth for the win at the Heather Curling Club.
Line score, men’s championship game:
*Geoff Goodland 110 050 0x – 7
Phil DeVore 002 101 0x – 4
*last rock in first end
Men’s champions: Geoff Goodland (Eau Claire, Wis.), Mike Fraboni (Lac du Flambeau, Wis.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), Pete Westberg (Woodbury, Minn.), Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.)
Women’s champions: Margie Smith (Shoreview, Minn.), Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.)
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