Team Rich Ruohonen, which includes Fairbanks’ Greg Persinger and Fairbanks native Colin Hufman, won a quarterfinal Sunday morning in the Ed Werenich Golden Wrench Classic at the Coyotes Curling Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Team Ruohonen won 5-2 over Team Andrew Symonds, of St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Ruohonen and company registered two points in the second end and single points in the fourth, fifth and seventh ends. Symonds’ squad scored once each in the third and sixth ends.
The win set up a Sunday semifinal against Team Tyler Tardi, of Surrey, British Columbia, which they lost 7-6.
Team Ruohonen ended pool play Saturday with 7-6 victory over Team Karsten Sturmay, of Edmonton, Alberta.
Team Ruohonen and Edmonton, Alberta-based Team Sturmay were tied at 3 after four ends.
Ruohonen’s group went ahead 5-4 in the sixth end and Sturmay’s squad tacked on two points in the seventh end for a 6-5 edge.
Team Ruohonen responded with a two-point rally in the eighth end for the win.
Team Sturmay had the hammer — the last shot — of the match in the eighth end but didn’t score.
Team Ruohonen includes Phil Tilker, of Seattle. Hufman now lives in Minneapolis, while Ruohonen is from nearby Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
The 24-team tournament began Thursday.
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