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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 14, 2010
Wisconsin's Morton rink to represent USA at Winter World University Games
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - University of Wisconsin-Madison student Blake Morton (McFarland, Wis.) and his team of Madison-area students will represent the United States at the 2011 Winter World University Games in January in Turkey.
Morton, 19, and teammates Marcus Fonger (Cottage Grove, Wis.), Tommy Juszczyk (McFarland, Wis.) and Calvin Weber (McFarland, Wis.) earned the right by defeating Aanders Brorson's team from Minnesota, 7-4, in a sudden-death playoff this afternoon at the selection event held at the Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club in Fargo, N.D.
Morton's team will be a part of Team USA for the winter version of the World University Games, Jan. 27-Feb. 6, in Erzurum, Turkey, pending formal approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee. This will be the fourth time curling will be featured in the WWUG as a medal sport. The U.S. men won gold in 2007 in Pinerolo, Italy. Morton and Weber attend UW-Madison while Fonger is a biology student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Juszczyk is studying computer science at Madison Area Technical College.
Brorson, 22, and teammates Aaron Tasa (Bemidji, Minn.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) and Joel Cooper (Minneapolis, Minn.) never led in the match, falling behind quickly 0-3 after two ends of play. The teams exchanged singles over the next two ends with Brorson's Minnesota team pulling within a point after scoring a deuce in the fifth end. Morton led his team to a key score in the seventh as they added three points to the scoreboard. After being held to a single in the eighth, Brorson, the 2008 world junior champion, conceded the match to Morton shortly thereafter.
Morton's team has played together for several years at the junior ranks. They won the 2010 Wisconsin Junior Men's Championship and have twice competed at the U.S. Junior Nationals, earning the bronze in 2009. Last year, the team was the youngest in the field at the U.S. Men's National Championship where they qualified to the 10-team tournament through a very competitive field.
Line score, tiebreaker match, 2 p.m. Sunday:
Brorson (Minnesota) 001 020 01x x 4
*Morton (Wisconsin) 120 100 30x x 7
*last rock in first end
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,
, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).