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Greg Persinger emerges with Curling Classic title

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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 11:53 pm | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Greg Persinger upstaged his uncle Ken Persinger to win the Yukon Title Curling Classic Sunday afternoon at the Fairbanks Curling Club.

Greg Persinger curled with Nick Meyers, Chad Persinger and Steve Shuttleworth. By winning the event, the rink (team) collected a $3,000 paycheck in one of the nation’s richest cash bonspiels.

It was Greg Persinger’s second title in three years and third straight Persinger crown. Ken Persinger won the event in 2011.

Jason Larway from the Seattle area has the most wins in the 23-year history of the event with four titles to his credit. Leland Rich of Fairbanks has won the event three times.

Ken Persinger curled with his long-time crew of Denny Thies, Larry Ehnert and Larry Crouder. They picked up $1,600 for their efforts.

After three days of pool play, the top three teams qualified for Championship bracket, while the next three teams were in the consolation bracket.

Elimination games started Sunday morning and continued until the title matches were played at 4 p.m.

Greg Persinger qualified No. 1 out of A Pool and won his semifinal match earlier Sunday to claim a spot in the title match.

Ken Persinger won its opening match Sunday against the Dave Hill rink of Fairbanks, then defeated the Pat Paslawski rink of Whitehorse, Yukon, to advance tot he title game.

On the other side of the championship bracket, the Kaye Hufman rink of Fairbanks defeated the Leo Johnson rink of Fairbanks, but Hufman lost to Greg Persinger in the semifinals.

Hufman and Paslawski each collected $1,000, while Johnson and Hill picked up $700 apiece.

The George Hildebrand rink of Whitehorse won three games Sunday to claim the consolation title and a $1,000 prize by defeating the Leland Rich rink in the final match.

Hildebrand defeated the Kaitlin Fowler rink of Fairbanks and the Ethan Birkholz rink of Fairbanks en route to the title.

The Rich rink posted wins against the Dave Hufman rink of Fairbanks and the Ryan Flippo rink of Fairbanks to reach the consolation finals.

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