Playoffs set at 2020 YOG Trials in Denver

By Terry L. Davis | Oct. 05, 2019, 6:48 p.m. (ET)


Oct. 5, 2019


Playoffs set at 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games Trials in Denver


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The final four teams have been determined as the playoffs are now on tap at the 2020 U.S. Youth Olympic Team Trials for Curling in Golden, Colo.


Teams skipped by Coleman Thurston (Poynette, Wis.), Ethan Hebert (Lowell, Mass.), Wes Wendling (Wausau, Wis.) and Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.) have advanced to the playoff round after finishing in the top two after pool play concluded today at the Denver Curling Club.


Tuma and Wendling won their pools and remain undefeated. Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.) and his team of Sara Olson (Duluth, Minn.), Sidney Harris (St. Paul, Minn.), and Anne O’Hara (Fairbanks, Alaska) will take on Ethan Hebert’s rink in the semifinals tomorrow. Wendling (Wausau, Wis.) and teammates Megan McPhee (Fitchburg, Wis.), Jackson Armstrong (Appleton, Wis.), and Clare Viau (Plover, Wis.) defeated Ethan Hebert’s rink, 6-3, to earn the top seed out of Pool B. They will now take on Coleman Thurston’s team in the other semifinal game.


The semifinals will take place at 10 a.m. MT Sunday followed by the championship final at 2:30 p.m. Live scores and a live webstream are available at


Game results, Draw 7: Wendling 6, Hebert 3; Tuma 7, Thurston 5; Kauffman 8, Kassner 3


Game results, Draw 6: Tan 7, Salander 3; Wendling 8, Scheel 3; Hebert 7, McDonald 6


Standings (after two draws):

Pool A:

Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.)                     5-0Q

Coleman Thurston (Poynette, Wis.)         4-1Q

Connor Kauffman (Lynnwood, Wash.)    3-2

Allison Tan (Bellevue, Wash.)                    2-3

Maxwell Salander (Mendota, Ill.)             1-4

Max Kassner (Glenview, Ill.)                      0-5


Pool B:

Wes Wendling (Wausau, Wis.)                 4-0Q

Ethan Hebert (Lowell, Mass.)                    3-1Q

Andrea McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.)           2-2

Miranda Scheel (Fargo, N.D.)                    1-3

Ryan Jamieson (Shoreview, Minn.)          0-4


Playoff teams:

Team Wendling: Wes Wendling (Wausau, Wis.), Megan McPhee (Fitchburg, Wis.), Jackson Armstrong (Appleton, Wis.), Clare Viau (Plover, Wis.)


Team Thurston: Coleman Thurston (Poynette, Wis.), Anna Tamboli (Portage, Wis.), Marius Kleinas (Marstons Mills, Mass.), Lara Katz (Weston, Conn.)


Team Hebert: Ethan Hebert (Lowell, Mass.), Kaitlin Murphy (Fairview Park, Ohio), Charlie Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.), Alina Tschumakow (West Roxbury, Mass.)


Team Tuma: Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.), Sara Olson (Duluth, Minn.), Sidney Harris (St. Paul, Minn.), Anne O’Hara (Fairbanks, Alaska)


About the Winter Youth Olympic Games:


The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) will take place Jan. 10-22 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and mark the third time that curling is contested. Twenty-four countries will compete in the mixed curling portion and then 48 teams will battle for medals in mixed doubles at Champéry Curling Arena in Champery, Switzerland. The U.S. team took home silver in team competition in 2016 and bronze in mixed doubles in 2012. To learn more about the 2020 WYOG, go to


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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, USA Curling, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 or 608-338-9900 (mobile) or via email at