Greg Persinger

Greg Persinger throws the rock Saturday night at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. 

Team Rich Ruohonen, which includes Fairbanks’ Greg Persinger and Fairbanks native Colin Hufman, won the Americas Challenge on Saturday to secure a berth in the 2020 World Men’s Curling Championships.

The Americas Challenge, with a double round-robin format, took place at Curl Mesabi in Eveleth, Minnesota on Thursday through Saturday.

Team Ruohonen also is comprised of Rich Ruohonen, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and Seattle’s Phil Tilker. Huffman grew up in Fairbanks and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Team Ruohonen earned the berth to the World Championships with Saturday’s 9-5 victory over Mexico’s Team Diego Tompkins. The win also capped a 4-0 finish for Ruohonen and company in the tournament.

Team Ruohonen posted a 13-1 win over Brazil on Thursday and won by the same score against Mexico on Friday morning.

The American squad beat Brazil 11-3 Friday night.

The World Men’s Curling Championships are scheduled for March 28 to April 5 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Vicky Persinger, Greg’s cousin, helped Team Jamie Sinclair, of Osgoode, Ontario, capture the women’s title in the Red Deer Curling Classic on Nov. 19 in Red Deer, Alberta.

The other members of the squad are Taylor Anderson and Sarah Anderson, of Minneapolis. 

Team Sinclair defeated British Columbia’s Team Brette Richards in the final.

Team Ruohonen reached the semifinals of the Red Deer tournament. It was the fifth time this season that the squad reached the playoffs of World Curling Tour competition.

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