2011 United States Men's Curling Championship qualifiers

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2011 United States
National Curling Championships
Tournament
men  women
Qualifiers
men  women

The 2011 United States Men's Curling Championship qualifiers took place during January at various locations throughout the nation. Prior to the national finals, the number of entrants was pared down to ten teams through regional qualifiers and then a challenge round.

Teams qualified for the men's nationals in one of two ways. Two teams automatically qualified as the top two US teams on the Order of Merit list after the Curl Mesabi Cash Spiel was completed. This year, those two teams were the Pete Fenson and Tyler George rinks.[1]

The remaining eight spots for the nationals were awarded to the top finishers in the regional qualifiers and challenge rounds. Five teams qualified from the qualifiers round, where each qualified site received one or more qualifying spots. The other three spots went to the winners of the challenge round.[2]

Regional Qualifiers[edit]

This year, there were three regional qualifiers, which will take place in Medford, Wisconsin, Bismarck, North Dakota, and Rochester, New York. The qualifiers will take place from January 5–9. A total of 29 teams (not including the Fenson rink or the George rink) participated in the qualifiers.

The qualifiers either were held using a round-robin format or a knockout format of play. The double knockout provision, which states that a team is eliminated from qualifying for the nationals if the team has at least two losses in their win-loss record, was in place for all three qualifiers. If there are teams with less than two losses, they will play each other until the number of teams still able to qualify matches the number of qualification spots available.

The qualifier scheduled in Seattle, Washington was cancelled because there were not enough teams to meet the minimum five teams that need to sign up for a qualifier in order for it to take place. Two teams transferred to other qualifiers, while two other teams dropped.[3]

Key
Teams to Nationals (Fargo)
Teams to Challenge Round (Waupaca)

Medford Qualifier[edit]

The Medford qualifier was held in a round robin format with eight teams competing for the top spot. Two teams qualified directly to the nationals in Fargo, while three teams qualified to the Challenge Round in Waupaca.[4]

Teams[edit]

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Todd Birr Minnesota Mankato
Craig Brown Wisconsin Madison
Matt Carlson Minnesota Mankato
Brady Clark Washington (state) Seattle
Geoff Goodland Wisconsin Eau Claire
Blake Morton Wisconsin McFarland
Kroy Nernberger Wisconsin Madison
Paul Pustovar Wisconsin Madison
Berth Brown Goodl. Birr Clark Nern. Pust. Mort. Carls. W L
Wisconsin Craig Brown - 6-3 9-7 7-8 9-7 9-6 8-5 11-3 6 1
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland 3-6 - 4-5 7-4 9-3 8-7 9-7 9-6 5 2
Minnesota Todd Birr 7-9 5-4 - 8-10 8-3 0-8 3-6 3-9 5 2
Washington (state) Brady Clark 8-7 4-7 10-8 - 2-7 7-5 11-0 10-1 4 3
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger 7-9 3-9 3-8 7-2 - 7-6 5-4 9-1 4 3
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar 6-9 7-8 8-0 5-7 6-7 - 10-0 8-5 3 4
Wisconsin Blake Morton 5-8 7-9 6-3 0-11 4-5 0-10 - 9-7 1 6
Minnesota Matt Carlson 3-11 6-9 9-3 1-10 1-9 5-8 7-9 - 0 7

Bismarck Qualifier[edit]

The Bismarck qualifier was held in a knockout format. Eleven teams participated in this qualifier. Two teams qualified directly to the nationals in Fargo, while four teams qualified to the Challenge Round.[4]

Teams[edit]

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John Benton Minnesota St. Paul
Ryan Berg North Dakota West Fargo
Craig Disher North Dakota Rolla
Mike Farbelow Minnesota St. Paul
Zach Jacobson North Dakota Langdon
Dave Jensen North Dakota Bismarck
Travis Kitchens North Dakota Devils Lake
Jason Larway Washington (state) Seattle
Jerod Roland North Dakota Minot
Owen Sampson North Dakota Edmore
Matt Stevens Minnesota Minnesota

Results[edit]

A Event
North Dakota Jerod Roland 10  
North Dakota Travis Kitchens 4     North Dakota Jerod Roland 1  
        North Dakota Craig Disher 8  
          North Dakota Craig Disher 9  
          Minnesota John Benton 4  
        Minnesota Matt Stevens 4  
        Minnesota John Benton 8  
          North Dakota Craig Disher 10
North Dakota Owen Sampson 8       North Dakota Zach Jacobson 6
North Dakota Ryan Berg 1     North Dakota Owen Sampson 4  
        Washington (state) Jason Larway 9  
          Washington (state) Jason Larway 10  
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 9       North Dakota Zach Jacobson 11  
North Dakota Dave Jensen 7     North Dakota Zach Jacobson 8      
        Minnesota Mike Farbelow 6      
     
B Event
     
North Dakota Ryan Berg 10
North Dakota Dave Jensen 9
B Event
     
             
             
               
             
             
             
          North Dakota Zach Jacobson 6  
North Dakota Travis Kitchens 2     Minnesota Mike Farbelow 7  
Minnesota Mike Farbelow 9     Minnesota Mike Farbelow 11  
        North Dakota Owen Sampson 2  
        Minnesota Mike Farbelow 10
        Minnesota John Benton 4  
             
             
          Minnesota Mike Farbelow 4
        Washington (state) Jason Larway 7
           
             
           
             
             
             
        North Dakota Craig Disher 7  
        Washington (state) Jason Larway 9  
        Minnesota Matt Stevens 4      
Minnesota Matt Stevens 8     North Dakota Jerod Roland 8      
North Dakota Ryan Berg 0     North Dakota Jerod Roland 2
        Washington (state) Jason Larway 7  
           
             
     
C Event (1)
     
             
             
               
               
             
             
          Washington (state) Jason Larway 8
          North Dakota Zach Jacobson 4
        North Dakota Jerod Roland 1  
North Dakota Ryan Berg 1     North Dakota Owen Sampson 9  
North Dakota Owen Sampson 8       North Dakota Owen Sampson 6  
          North Dakota Zach Jacobson 9  
                 
                 
     
C Event (2) Final
     
             
             
               
             
             
             
               
             
             
             
           
             
             
             
          Minnesota Mike Farbelow 6
        North Dakota Craig Disher 9
           
             
        Minnesota John Benton 8
North Dakota Travis Kitchens 8     Minnesota Matt Stevens 3  
North Dakota Dave Jensen 9     North Dakota Dave Jensen 4  
        Minnesota Matt Stevens 9  
        Minnesota John Benton 5  
        North Dakota Craig Disher 9  
                 
                 
           
             
           
             
     

Rochester Qualifier[edit]

The Rochester qualifier was also held in a knockout format. Ten teams participated in this qualifier. Only one team was able to qualify directly to the nationals, and one team moved on to the Challenge Round.[4]

Teams[edit]

Key
Team to Nationals
Team to Challenge Round
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Joseph Calabrese New York (state) Rochester
Brandon Corbett New York (state) Rochester
Scott Edie Maryland Laurel
Gregory Eigner Indiana Fort Wayne
Alex Leichter Massachusetts Wayland
Dan Machold New York (state) Schenectady
Heath McCormick New York (state) New York
Clark Raven New York (state) Rochester
Rick Van Cuyck* New York (state) Rochester
Bryan Wight New York (state) Canandaigua

*Due to injuries, the Van Cuyck rink withdrew prior to the start of the competition

Results[edit]

A Event
New York (state) Joe Calabrese 6  
New York (state) Dan Machold 7     New York (state) Dan Machold 3  
        New York (state) Heath McCormick 12  
          New York (state) Heath McCormick 9  
          Maryland Scott Edie 1  
        Maryland Scott Edie 9  
        New York (state) Brandon Corbett 6  
          New York (state) Heath McCormick 7
          New York (state) Bryan Wight 5
        New York (state) Bryan Wight 7  
        New York (state) Clark Raven 6  
          New York (state) Bryan Wight 8  
          Indiana Greg Eigner 1  
        Indiana Greg Eigner 7      
        Massachusetts Alexander Leichter 6      
     
B Event
     
             
             
               
             
             
             
          New York (state) Bryan Wight 9  
New York (state) Joe Calabrese 8     Maryland Scott Edie 8  
New York (state) Brandon Corbett 4     New York (state) Joe Calabrese 3  
        New York (state) Clark Raven 7  
        New York (state) Clark Raven 2
        Maryland Scott Edie 5  
             
             
          New York (state) Bryan Wight 8
        New York (state) Heath McCormick 6
           
             
           
             
             
             
        New York (state) Heath McCormick 7  
        Massachusetts Alexander Leichter 3  
        Massachusetts Alexander Leichter 10      
        New York (state) Dan Machold 4      
        Massachusetts Alexander Leichter 6
        Indiana Greg Eigner 5  
           
             
     
C Event (1)
     
        New York (state) Clark Raven 2  
New York (state) Brandon Corbett 12     New York (state) Brandon Corbett 7  
New York (state) Dan Machold 5       New York (state) Brandon Corbett 8  
          Massachusetts Alexander Leichter 7  
             
             
          New York (state) Brandon Corbett 10
          New York (state) Bryan Wight 8
             
             
               
               
                 
                 
     
C Event (2)
     
             
             
               
               
             
             
          New York (state) Heath McCormick 8
          Maryland Scott Edie 5
        New York (state) Joe Calabrese 5  
        Indiana Greg Eigner 8  
          Indiana Greg Eigner 3  
          Maryland Scott Edie 10  
                 
                 
     
Playoffs
     
        New York (state) Heath McCormick 7
New York (state) Bryan Wight 9     New York (state) Bryan Wight 5
New York (state) Brandon Corbett 3  

Challenge Round[edit]

The challenge round took place in Waupaca, Wisconsin from January 19–23. Up to ten teams qualified for the challenge round; up to eight teams that didn't qualify for the finals from the regionals but placed well in the regionals qualified, and up to two teams qualified if they were among the top ten US Order of Merit teams and did not qualify for the finals or challenge round after the regionals.[2] These teams played in a round robin format for three spots in the nationals.

Teams[edit]

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John Benton Peter Stolt Jeffrey Puleo Erik Ordway Minnesota St. Paul
Todd Birr Greg Romaniuk Doug Pottinger Kevin Birr Minnesota Mankato
Mike Farbelow Eric Fenson Nick Myers Aaron Nunberg Minnesota St. Paul
Zach Jacobson Kevin Deeren Zane Jacobson Kraig Deeren North Dakota Langdon
Kroy Nernberger Ryan Lemke Jake Will Steve Day Wisconsin Madison
Paul Pustovar* Jeremy Roe Matt Hamilton Patrick Roe Wisconsin Madison
Owen Sampson Ned Sampson Tucker Smith Kyle Young North Dakota Edmore
Bryan Wight Michael Moore Joel Dietz Mark Lazar New York (state) Canandaigua

*Qualified based on Order of Merit standings
Note: Brady Clark (WA) has chosen to withdraw from the Challenge Round.

Results[edit]

Key
Teams to Nationals
Berth W L
Minnesota Todd Birr 5 1
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 5 1
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar 4 3
Minnesota John Benton 3 4
Minnesota Mike Farbelow 3 4
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger 3 4
North Dakota Owen Sampson 2 5
New York (state) Bryan Wight 2 5

Draw 1[edit]

Thursday, January 20, 2:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 7
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 6
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X X 2
North Dakota Owen Sampson 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 1 X X 9
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota John Benton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 4
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 5
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 2 2 3 X X X X X 9
New York (state) Bryan Wight 0 2 0 0 0 X X X X X 2

Draw 2[edit]

Thursday, January 20, 7:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 0 0 2 0 1 0 7 X X X 10
New York (state) Bryan Wight Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 X X X 3
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Benton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 X X 6
Minnesota Todd Birr 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X X 1
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 2 2 3 X X X X 9
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger 0 0 2 0 0 0 X X X X 2
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 X X X 5
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 4 2 0 2 0 X X X 10

Draw 3[edit]

Friday, January 21, 1:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Benton 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 6
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 7
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 5 1 X X X X 8
New York (state) Bryan Wight 0 0 0 1 0 0 X X X X 1
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 9
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 8
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 4 X 8
Minnesota Todd Birr 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 X 5

Draw 4[edit]

Friday, January 21, 7:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York (state) Bryan Wight Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 6
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 4 X 8
Minnesota John Benton 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 X 5
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 3 0 2 1 1 X X 8
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 X X 3
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 X 3
North Dakota Zach Jacobson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 X 9

Draw 5[edit]

Saturday, January 22, 1:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 X 6
Minnesota Todd Birr 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 5 X 9
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 X 3
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 X 5
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger 0 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 X 11
New York (state) Bryan Wight Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 X 7
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Benton 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 2 X 8
North Dakota Owen Sampson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 X 5

Draw 6[edit]

Saturday, January 22, 7:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar 0 0 0 0 0 X X X X X 0
Minnesota John Benton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 3 2 3 X X X X X 8
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York (state) Bryan Wight 0 1 0 0 1 0 X X X X 2
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 3 1 0 2 X X X X 7
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 X X 2
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 3 1 0 1 3 X X 10
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 1 1 8
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 6

Draw 7[edit]

Sunday, January 23, 9:00 am

Sheet A Final
Minnesota Todd Birr NP
North Dakota Zach Jacobson NP
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 9
Wisconsin Kroy Nernberger 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 1 1 0 8
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Paul Pustovar Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 X 7
Minnesota Mike Farbelow 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 X 5
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York (state) Bryan Wight Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 X 7
Minnesota John Benton 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 3

References[edit]