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March 6, 2019
USA suffers two more losses at World Wheelchair Championship
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA is still looking for its rhythm at the 2019 World Wheelchair Championship after suffering two losses today in Stirling, Scotland.
Led by Steve Emt (Hebron, Conn.), the U.S. team lost a close match in the afternoon session to three-time Paralympian Aileen Neilson when the Scottish rink scored three points in the final end for a 7-6 victory at The Peak.
Next up, Emt (Hebron, Conn.) and teammates Matthew Thums (Weston, Wis.), David Samsa (Suamico, Wis.), Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.) and Pam Wilson (Westminster, Colo.) battled 2018 Paralympic champion Haitao Wang of China in tonight’s round robin session. China stole three points out of the gates to set the tone. That left the American team trying to even the scoreboard, which they were never able to do. In the second end, the U.S. team scored two points only to give two back to China in the third. A late-game exchange of deuces left the U.S. team on the losing side of the scoreboard as they seek to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The top six teams will advance to Saturday’s playoffs. The U.S. is currently tied for seventh place with Canada, Estonia and Korea.
Team USA returns to the ice on Thursday to battle Korea (3-4) and Canada (3-4). To follow along, go to http://www.worldcurling.org/wwhcc2019.
USA line scores:
*USA 010 211 10 – 6
Scotland 202 000 03 – 7
China 302 020 2x – 9
*USA 020 102 0x – 5
*last rock in first end
Here is a look at the competition schedule for the American teams (all times local, GMT):
Thursday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Korea (Huitae Yang); 2 p.m., USA vs. Canada (Mark Ideson)
Friday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Latvia (Polina Rozkova); 7 p.m., USA vs. Slovakia (Radoslav Duris)
Saturday: 1 p.m., qualification games (#3 vs. #6, #4 vs. #5); 7 p.m., semifinals (winners of qualification games vs. #1 and #2 seeds)
Sunday, March 10: 10 a.m., bronze-medal game; 2:30 p.m., gold-medal game
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