2019 mixed national champions (l-r) Sydney Mullaney, Eli Clawson, Katherina Gourianova, Hunter Clawson.
Photo by Michele Page
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March 30, 2019
Clawson rink wins 2019 Mixed National Championship title
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – After fighting hard just to make it into the playoffs, Hunter Clawson’s resilient squad had to defeat the top two seeds to earn the 2019 USA Curling Mixed National Championship title this afternoon at the Denver Curling Club.
In an all Grand National region final, Clawson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and teammates Katherine Gourianova (Potomac, Md.), Eli Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Sydney Mullaney (Concord, Mass.) scored a pivotal three points late in the game to earn a 9-5 victory over Caitlin Pulli’s team in Golden, Colo.
This is the second mixed title for the elder Clawson, 22, who also won in 2017, and first for his young teammates. However, this is the second national title for Mullaney, 17, in a matter of weeks after she was on the winning team at the U18 National Championships in March. The team will represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Mixed Championship Oct. 12-19 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.) and teammates Jeff Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.), Rebecca Andrew (Penfield, N.Y.), and Jason Scott (Rochester, N.Y.) fought hard after an early deficit but couldn’t out-position Clawson’s team in key moments of the game.
In the opening end, the Pulli rink was heavy with the final stone to spot Team Clawson two points. In contrast, a heavy draw with Clawson’s final stone of the second end gave Pulli a draw to score three and take back the game’s momentum. Clawson had a chance for a big end in the third but settled for a single instead after a nice shot from Pulli with her last skip stone. Pulli was then forced to play an in-off using her own stone to score a point in the fourth end as her Rochester rink took a 4-2 lead into the second half. The teams would exchange single points over the next two ends with Clawson’s team scoring a pivotal three points in the seventh end with an open takeout to take a two-point lead heading into the final end.
Needing two points to force an extra end, the Pulli rink wasn’t able to get a stone in scoring position early on. Pulli’s first attempt to draw around center guards was not precise and made contact with a guard to leave it in the open for Clawson to pluck out. Pulli was still left with a double takeout attempt for two points, but the team was unable to convert.
In the bronze-medal game, Evan Workin’s Dakota Territory rink defeated Sean Murray’s team from the Great Lakes by an 8-5 score to go home with hardware.
Clawson 201 010 32 – 9
*Pulli 030 101 00 – 5
*Workin 201 020 12 – 8
Murray 010 202 00 – 5
*last rock in first end
Grand National 1: Hunter Clawson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and teammates Katherine Gourianova (Potomac, Md.), Eli Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Sydney Mullaney (Concord, Mass.)
Grand National 2: Caitlin Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.), Jeff Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.), Rebecca Andrew (Penfield, N.Y.), Jason Scott (Rochester, N.Y.)
Dakota Territory: Evan Workin (Fargo, N.D.), Rachel Workin (Fargo, N.D.), Jordan Brown (Elk River, Minn.), Christina Lammers (Reiles Acres, N.D.)
Great Lakes: Sean Murray (St. Paul, Minn.), Stephanie Senneker (Port Huron, Mich.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), Emilia Juocys (Lathrup Village, Mich.)
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