CURLING: 2010 Olympian to lead Team USA at 2013 Winter World University Games
Terry Kolesar
(715) 344-1199 ext. 202
May 04, 2013 10:16 PM
May 4, 2013
2010 Olympian to lead team at 2013 World University Games
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – He’s been an Olympian, a world junior champion, and now Chris Plys will return to the Winter World University Games (WWUG) to go for gold once again.
Plys (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Stephen Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.), Jared Zezel (Hibbing, Minn.), and Korey Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.) finished the WWUG Trials with a perfect 6-0 record after defeating reigning men’s national champion Sean Beighton (Seattle), 8-5. The Dropkin brothers and Zezel are no strangers to wearing USA on their backs either. All three have won the U.S. junior championship and competed at World Junior Championships. In addition, the younger Dropkin was a member of Team USA at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Plys won gold at the 2007 WWUG, was a member of Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, and won the U.S. junior title four times. In addition, Plys won gold at the 2008 World Juniors.
In the women’s division, three teams finished the round robin with identical 3-1 records, which created tiebreaker matches. Two-time junior champion Becca Hamilton earned the bye and advanced to the final. That left 2006 Olympian Courtney George (St. Paul, Minn.) to battle 2012 U.S. junior champion Cory Christensen tonight. The Duluth-based Christensen rink would prevail, 7-3. 
Christensen and teammates Becca Funk (McFarland, Wis.), Anna Bauman (Duluth, Minn.), Sonja Bauman (Duluth, Minn.), and Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) will now play Hamilton’s team in a winner-take-all tiebreaker at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn. Hamilton’s team includes Molly Bonner (St. Louis Park, Minn.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Sophie Brorson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), all of whom have won U.S. junior titles in the past.
Live scoring for the final game tomorrow will be featured in the Scoreboard section at, courtesy of CurlingZone.
The winning teams from the WWUG Trials will be nominated as Team USA for the 2013 WWUG, which is set to take place Dec. 11-21 in Trentino, Italy.
Game scores, 3 p.m.: Plys 8, Meyers 7; Leichter 8, Beighton 6; George 10, Christensen 4; Hamilton 9, Carlson 4
Game scores, 8 p.m.: Leichter 8, Meyers 2; Christensen 7, George 3; Plys 8, Beighton 5
Men’s Standings:
Chris Plys                            6-0*
Alex Leichter                     4-2
Sean Beighton                  2-4
Ethan Meyers                    0-6
Women’s Standings:
Cory Christensen             4-1**
Becca Hamilton                                3-1**
Courtney George             3-2
Rachel Tharalson             1-3
Alex Carlson                      0-4
**to play tiebreaker to determine champion at 10 a.m. Sunday
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell)

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