Team John Shuster followed up on an Olympic victory over Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin, taking the men’s championship match of the Curling World Cup 3-1 on Sunday in Omaha.
Shuster’s rink clinched a spot in the Curling World Cup Grand Final in May in Beijing. Canada also has advanced. Host China is in automatically.
“What a great tournament,” said Shuster, whose rink is based in Duluth. “There was some great curling out here and some really great teams. I’m really proud to get a win any time you have your country on your back.
“It was a lot of fun [to play in front of home crowd] — they were into it. For me, it’s always been easier every time we have lots of fans in the stands, and we definitely got that feeling here this week.”
Japan edged South Korea 6-5 to win the women’s competition, and Norway prevailed in mixed doubles, 10-5 over Switzerland.
U wrestlers top Fresno
Fifth-ranked Sean Russell scored a technical fall at 125 pounds in the opening match, and the Gophers went on to beast Fresno State 31-6 in wrestling Saturday night in Fresno, Calif.
The Gophers got two technical falls —the other by Brandon Krone at 197 — and a forfeit at heavyweight for bonus points against the Bulldogs.
Tommy Thorn scored a sudden-death victory over Fresno State’s lone ranked wrestler, No. 23 Khristian Olivas, at 149 pounds after being tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.
The Gophers are off until Dec. 29-30, when they compete in the South Beach Duals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.