USA Wheelchair Rugby Win Inaugural Quad Nations Tournament

Leicester, England.- Over the weekend the USA Wheelchair Rugby team competed in, and won, the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations Tournament. The three day event had four of the top teams in the world competing. USA went into the tournament ranked second in the world behind, Paralypmic Gold Medalists, Australia. The whole tournament was tightly contested with the largest margin of victory for the USA only being three points. 

USA started the tournament off slowly, dropping the first game of the tournament to 5th ranked Great Britain 47-50.  These early jitters were quickly rectified as the U.S came out on Saturday determined to rectify their mistakes from their performances on Saturday. They won their next two games against Japan and Australia 60-57 and 54-51 respectively. The last result secured their spot in the championship game, and a rematch with Australia. 

The championship game was as close as it could possibly, as in the end only one goal separated the two teams. America triumphant, 56-55. Chuck Aioki, the six year veteran, lead the way for the U.S scoring sixteen goals. He wasn't alone though, as Joe Delagrave and Alex Pabon chimed in with fourteen and thirteen goals respectively. 

The athletes will now get some will earned time off before they head into training camp as they prepare for a run at the World Championships in August this year.