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USA defeats Brazil to begin Americas Challenge

Nov. 29, 2019, 9:04 a.m. (ET)


Nov. 29, 2019


Team USA opens 2020 Americas Challenge with wins over Brazil


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Rich Ruohonen and Tabitha Peterson led their teams to victories on Thanksgiving Day to start out strong at the 2020 Americas Challenge in Eveleth, Minn.


Ruohonen’s team defeated Brazil’s Marcelo Mello, 13-1, while Peterson led her U.S. rink to an 8-4 defeat of Brazil’s Anne Shibuya last night at Curl Mesabi.


Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.), and Phil Tilker (Seattle) got the scoring going in the opening end with a deuce. Mello’s team was limited to a single in the second end and kept off the scoreboard thereafter.


Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), and Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.) methodically won ends in earning their victory over Brazil.


Next up for the American teams will be taking on Mexico at 9 a.m. CT this morning. Mexico’s teams defeated Brazil yesterday to get off to a strong start to the three-day competition for world championship berths. Live scores are available for all games via partner CurlingZone and posted at


Standings: Women

Mexico                1-0

USA                     1-0

Brazil                   0-2


Day 1 scores:

Mexico 8, Brazil 6

USA 8, Brazil 4


Standings: Men

Mexico                1-0

USA                     1-0

Brazil                   0-2


Day 1 scores:

Mexico 8, Brazil 2

USA 13, Brazil 1


About the Americas Challenge: For qualification to the World Curling Championships and World Junior Championships. The second ranked Americas Zone association from the previous WCC and WJCC, providing they are not hosting the upcoming championship, can face a challenge from any other World Curling Federation member association in the Americas Zone, which currently includes Brazil, Canada, Guyana, Mexico and the United States. 


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