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US Wins 2010 Wheelchair Rugby Nationals in Vancouver

Team USA takes gold at 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships

VANCOUVER, B.C.–Team USA won the gold medal at the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships.  The U.S. beat Australia 57-45 in the finals to come away with a second straight world championship title.

Chance Sumner (Denver, Colo.) led the U.S. with 15 goals.  Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.) and Andy Cohn (San Diego, Calif.) also hit double digits in scoring with 12 and 11 goals, respectively.

The Americans went undefeated en route to winning gold in 2010 and haven’t lost a match at a World Championships or Paralympic Games since 2004.

For full tournament results and stats, visit

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Phoenix’s Scott Hogsett and team are at the Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Vancouver, Canada, defending their 2010 U.S. Paralympics gold metal.

The United States is set to play five games, opening Tuesday, September 21, against the eighth-ranked German team and continuing on to face Great Britain (9), Finland (11), Sweden (6) and Canada (3). Assuming that the heavily-favored United States makes it out of group play competition, it will go on to play in the semifinals and possibly the gold medal game on September 26.

The team competing in these world championships is not the same team that came away victorious at the Beijing Games. Of the 12 players competing at worlds, seven were on the roster in 2008. Team USA veterans Will Groulx (Portland, Ore.), Andy Cohn (Tempe, Ariz.) and Scott Hogsett (Tempe, Ariz.) make up the team’s nucleus and newcomers Chuck Aoki (Minneapolis, Minn. and UoA, Tucson) and Derrick Helton (Tuscumbia, Mo.) are poised to make an impact for Team USA in the upcoming tournament.

Fans can watch games live and see the full competition schedule at http://www.sportscanada.

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