2024 USSMCA National Championships

Curl Mesabi is proudly hosted the 47th Annual USSMCA National Senior Men’s Curling Championships, February 15-18, 2024.

This event, has been held since 1977, traveling to different curling clubs around the country. Curl Mesabi last hosted in 2000 (with 96 teams) and in 2005 (with 80 teams). We’re thrilled that the Championships are returning to the Iron Range, and the Quad-Cities of Eveleth, Gilbert, Mountain Iron and Virginia.

Sixty-four teams from around the county were in competition for four days in three divisions – Seniors (55), Super Seniors (63), Masters (68). Participating teams hailed from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Dakota.

 

Winners – Master Division

Team DeVore – Duluth, MN
(l-r) Bruce Hill (alternate), Jeff Gunderson (lead), Bob Johnson (2nd), Doug Cameron (3rd), Phil DeVore (skip)

Runners-Up – Master Division

Team Ruohonen – Curl Mesabi, MN
(l-r) Art Ruohonen (skip), Jim Newman (3rd), Wayne Wilberg (2nd), Jerry Bodas (lead)

 

Winners – Super Senior Division

Team Wright – Exmoor Curling Club, IL
(l-r) Rory Malner/Craig Babich (not pictured) (lead), Robo Boyle (2nd)
Ken Brown (3rd), Jeff Wright (skip)

Runners-Up – Super Senior Division

Team Goldsmith – Coyotes Curling Club, AZ
(l-r) Carroll Huntress(3rd), John Calhoun (lead), Chris Goldsmith (skip), Bucky Marshall (2nd)

 

Winners – Senior Division (three consecutive)

Team Pustovar – Hibbing & Duluth, MN
(l-r) Paul Pustovar (skip), Ross Litman (3rd), Mike Kniffen (2nd), Mike Farrell (lead)

Runners-Up – Senior Division

Team Farbelow – St Paul & Heather Curling Club, MN
(l-r) MIke Farbelow (skip), Jeff Annis (3rd), Tim McCann (2nd), Jim Lokensgard (lead)

  • Team Photos

  • Air Travel / Car Rental

    Curl Mesabi is located in Eveleth, MN at the Range Recreation Civic Center – 901 Hat Trick Avenue – and is accessible from three airports, all have car rental options.

    NOTE as you plan your air travel: The finals will be on Sunday, Feb 18th – starting at 11:30 am – all games are eight ends.

     

    The Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport is about 200 miles away.

    • Served by all major airlines.
    • Served by all major rental car companies.

     

    The Duluth International Airport is about 60 miles away.

    • Airlines – Delta, United and Sun Country.
    • Car Rental – Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, National.

     

    The Range Regional Airport in Hibbing, MN is about 30 miles away.

    • This small regional airport is served by Delta, with daily 50 passenger jet service to the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.
    • Car Rental – ACar Auto Rental

     

  • Lodging / Banquet

    There is no single lodging property large enough to accommodate all the teams, blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels/motels. Check-in available starting Wed, Feb 14th  /  check-out Sun, Feb 18th, 2024.

    The Banquet will be held at the Mt Iron Community Center – 8586 Enterprise Dr, Mt Iron, MN – Friday, Feb 16, 2024.

    All lodging properties serve continental breakfast to varying degrees, continental breakfast will also be available at the curling club.

     

    Comfort Inn & Suites
    8570 Rock Ridge Dr
    Mountain Iron, MN  55768
    218-741-7411

    • 52 rooms have reserved here.
    • $169 for a double room (plus tax).
    • The Comfort Inn is about 8 miles from the curling club.
    • It is right across the highway form the banquet venue.
    • Serving a continental breakfast.
    • Numerous restaurants three miles away in Virginia.
    • Call the hotel directly to receive the rate for the USSMCA Men’s National Championships.

     

    Eveleth Super 8
    1080 Industrial Park Dr
    Eveleth, MN  55734
    218-744-1661

    • 25 rooms have been reserved here – when those fill, more may be available.
    • $139.50 for a double room (plus tax).
    • The Super 8 is right across the highway from the curling club.
    • About eight miles from the banquet venue.
    • Serving a continental breakfast.
    • Numerous restaurants six miles away in Virginia, one just across the highway.
    • Call the hotel directly to receive the rate for the USSMCA National Championships.

     

    AmericInn Lodge & Suites
    5480 Mt Iron Drive
    Virginia, MN  55792
    218-741-7839

    • 25 rooms have been reserved here.
    • $143.10 for a double room (plus tax).
    • The AmericInn is six miles from the curling club.
    • About two miles from the banquet venue.
    • Serving a continental breakfast.
    • Numerous restaurants available in Virginia. One right next door, four more just minutes away.
    • Call the hotel directly to receive the rate for the USSMCA National Championships.

     

    Pine View Inn
    903 17th St No
    Virginia, MN  55792
    218-741-8918

    • 10 rooms have been reserved here.
    • $85 per room (plus tax).
    • Local mom & pop – nothing fancy, very clean with friendly staff.
    • The Pine View Inn is seven miles from the curling club.
    • About four miles from the banquet venue.
    • Serving a modest continental breakfast.
    • Numerous restaurants available in Virginia.
    • Call the hotel directly to receive the rate for the USSMCA National Championships.

     

    Quality Inn & Suites
    502 Chestnut St
    Virginia, MN  55792
    218-749-1000

    • 20 rooms have been reserved here.
    • $119 per room (plus tax).
    • This historic hotel is located in Downtown Virginia.
    • The Quality Inn is seven miles from the curling club.
    • About four miles from the banquet venue.
    • Serving a continental breakfast.
    • Numerous restaurants available in Virginia.
    • Call the hotel directly to receive the rate for the USSMCA National Championships.
  • Team Registration / Eligibility

    We have reached our 64 team goal.

    If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, fill out this form. We will contact you if there is an opening in your division.

    If you have any questions, reach out to Ardy at ardynw@msn.com or 218-749-4331.

    Team Contact

    We have reached our 64 team limit - this registration will place you on a waiting list.
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    Team Information

    At least two team members must be from the same club.

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  • Extra Banquet Meal

    Extra banquet meals are available for $35 each.

    5:30 – 6:30 pm Social Hour (Cash bar – NO credit cards)
    6:30 Banquet

     

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Registered Teams

Nelson

Club Affiliation: Poynette

Skip Name: Jim Nelson

Average Age: 73.8

schmitt

Club Affiliation: bemidji mn.

Skip Name: Mark Schmitt

Average Age: 64.8

Miller

Club Affiliation: Curl Mesabi, MN

Skip Name: Tom Miller

Average Age: 75.8

sticks and one

Club Affiliation: Duluth MN

Skip Name: Keith Stauber

Average Age: 71.3

Peterson

Club Affiliation: Duluth Curling Club

Skip Name: Jim Luttinen

Average Age: 67.1

Beard

Club Affiliation: Curl Mesabi, MN

Skip Name: Mike Beard

Average Age: 66.4

Van Rooyen

Club Affiliation: Charlotte, North Carolina

Skip Name: Omar Van Rooyen

Average Age: 74.7

Sirianni

Club Affiliation: Wausau

Skip Name: Steve Sirianni

Average Age: 73.7

Neil Feil

Club Affiliation: Kettle Moraine Curling Club – Wisconsin

Skip Name: Neil Feil

Average Age: 63.6

Schrank

Club Affiliation: Green Bay Curling Club, WI

Skip Name: Thomas Schrank

Average Age: 62.6

O’Connor

Club Affiliation: Madison

Skip Name: Steven O’Connor

Average Age: 75.9

Simonson

Club Affiliation: Hibbing Curling Club, Hibbing MN

Skip Name: Larry Jacobson

Average Age: 74.2

Jim Bradshaw

Club Affiliation: Superior Wisconsin

Skip Name: Jim Bradshaw

Average Age: 68.3

Arrell

Club Affiliation: Curling Club of Rochester (MN)

Skip Name: Kent Arrell

Average Age: 58.

HALUPTZOK

Club Affiliation: BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA

Skip Name: DAN HALUPTZOK

Average Age: 71.7

DeVriend

Club Affiliation: Eau Claire Curling Club, WI

Skip Name: Rich DeVriend

Average Age: 72.6

Wyttenbach

Club Affiliation: Alpine WI

Skip Name: Curt Wyttenbach

Average Age: 64.7

Chisholm Tire

Club Affiliation: Hibbing Minnesota

Skip Name: Bob Perkovich

Average Age: 69.4

beirne

Club Affiliation: eauclairedcurlingclub

Skip Name: jimbeirne

Average Age: 70.5

Lemke

Club Affiliation: Medford WI

Skip Name: David Lemke

Average Age: 64.2

Coulter Rink

Club Affiliation: Columbus Curling Club, Columbus, OH

Skip Name: Mikel Coulter

Average Age: 70.5

Swoboda

Club Affiliation: Duluth, MN

Skip Name: Steve Swoboda

Average Age: 60.1

DeVore

Club Affiliation: Duluth Curling Club, MN

Skip Name: Philip DeVore

Average Age: 74.7

WILBER

Club Affiliation: Centerville Curling Club, Wisconsin

Skip Name: Neal Wilber

Average Age: 64.2

Sammy’s

Club Affiliation: Hibbing, MN / Duluth, MN

Skip Name: Sam Perrella

Average Age: 66.4

Bemidji V

Club Affiliation: Bemidji Curling Club, MN

Skip Name: Mark Variano

Average Age: 75.2

Liapis

Club Affiliation: Bemidji Curling Club, MN

Skip Name: Mike Liapis

Average Age: 77.5

Old Dogs New Tricks

Club Affiliation: Coyotes Curling Club, AZ

Skip Name: Chris Goldsmith

Average Age: 68.4

Brandner

Club Affiliation: Wausau, WI

Skip Name: Randy Brandner

Average Age: 64.4

GEISELMAN

Club Affiliation: Curl Mesabi, MN

Skip Name: Tom Geiselman

Average Age: 67.6

McMahon

Club Affiliation: Wauwatosa, WI

Skip Name: Chris McMahon

Average Age: 58.1

Paul Matzke

Club Affiliation: Madison—WI

Skip Name: Paul Matzke

Average Age: 70.7

Columbus Discovers Curling

Club Affiliation: Columbus Curling Club (Ohio)

Skip Name: Mike Pintar

Average Age: 68.8

Wright

Club Affiliation: Exmoor CC, IL

Skip Name: Jeff Wright

Average Age: 68.2

Ruohonen

Club Affiliation: Curl Mesabi, MN

Skip Name: Art Ruohonen

Average Age: 77

Prime Time Curlers

Club Affiliation: Rock Creek Curling Club, CO

Skip Name: Jon Schiestel

Average Age: 66.2

Faltesek

Club Affiliation: St Paul CC MN

Skip Name: mark faltesek

Average Age: 64.7

Neidhart

Club Affiliation: Madison Curling Club, WI

Skip Name: Ken Neidhart

Average Age: 65.6

Moylan

Club Affiliation: Kettle Moraine Curling Club, WI

Skip Name: Jeff Moylan

Average Age: 67.7

Borland

Club Affiliation: Bowling Green, OH

Skip Name: Robb Borland

Average Age: 62.7

Olson

Club Affiliation: Blackhawk WI

Skip Name: Mark Olson

Average Age: 60.1

Farbelow

Club Affiliation: MN

Skip Name: Mike Farbelow

Average Age: 63.2

Geason

Club Affiliation: Kettle Moraine CC Hartland, WI

Skip Name: John Geason

Average Age: 78.8

Dickson

Club Affiliation: Illinois–Chicago Curling Club

Skip Name: Kerry Dickson

Average Age: 62.0

Matson

Club Affiliation: MINNESOTA

Skip Name: Terry Matson

Average Age: 64.0

ALASKA

Club Affiliation: ALASKA

Skip Name: Bill Kind

Average Age: 73.0

Griesmann

Club Affiliation: Owatonna Curling Club – Minnesota

Skip Name: Guy Griesmann

Average Age: 69.4

Starkey

Club Affiliation: Four Seasons Blaine, MN

Skip Name: Ken Starkey

Average Age: 63.4

DeRubis Rink

Club Affiliation: Green Bay Curling Club, WI

Skip Name: Ed DeRubis

Average Age: 67.1

Weimerskirch

Club Affiliation: Four Seasons Curling Club (FSCC) Blaine, MN

Skip Name: Doug Weimerskirch

Average Age: 61.7

Smith

Club Affiliation: Rice Lake, WI

Skip Name: Kraig Smith

Average Age: 68.0

Taran

Club Affiliation: Chaska, Mn

Skip Name: Stu Taran

Average Age: 64.1

Ebert

Club Affiliation: Madison, WI

Skip Name: Tim Ebert

Average Age: 66.9

Lucchesi

Club Affiliation: Kettle Moraine – Wisconsin

Skip Name: Jim Lucchesi

Average Age: 69.0

Hanson

Club Affiliation: Centerville Curling Club Centerville WI

Skip Name: Bob Hanson

Average Age: 75.2

Jaminski

Club Affiliation: Curl Mesabi, Eveleth MN

Skip Name: Greg Jaminski

Average Age: 77.4

Ehlert

Club Affiliation: Columbia County, WI

Skip Name: Bill Ehlert

Average Age: 73.6

Team Vetter

Club Affiliation: Blackhawk, WI

Skip Name: Tom Vetter

Average Age: 72.3

Team Pustovar

Club Affiliation: Hibbing, MN

Skip Name: Paul Pustovar

Average Age: 65.1

Drobnick

Club Affiliation: Curl Mesabi, Eveleth MN

Skip Name: Tim Drobnick

Average Age: 71.5

Tolvstad

Club Affiliation: Aberdeen Curling Club , South Dakota

Skip Name: Mark Tolvstad

Average Age: 68.3

Three Sheets

Club Affiliation: Arlington, WI

Skip Name: Jene Atkinson

Average Age: 65.3

Godfrey

Club Affiliation: Lodi Wi

Skip Name: George Godfrey

Average Age: 76.7

Men With Hats

Club Affiliation: Denver, CO

Skip Name: Lloyd Yanis

Average Age: 65.7