Four men's teams still unblemished
The 11th seeded Owen Sampson rink delivered the first upset special of the championships with a 9-5 win over top seed Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.). Sampson (Edmore, N.D.) and teammates Ned Sampson (Edmore, N.D.), Tucker Smith (Bismarck, N.D.) and Kyle Young (Fargo, N.D.), who have been playing together for three seasons, had the opening-round bye, but it didn't appear to be any sort of disadvantage.
"I could tell the first few ends we were nervous, but as the game went on we got more comfortable and confident. It was a big win for us," said Sampson, who is self-employed in North Dakota as a farmer with his brother, Ned. The game got close at 6-5 in the eighth end, but Team Sampson sealed the win with three points in the ninth.
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