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Eagle High grad earns silver in wheelchair rugby at Paralympics

The United States’ Kory Puderbaugh, left, and Josh Brewer applaud as they attend the medal ceremony with their silver medals after the mixed wheelchair rugby final match with Australia at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday. Australia won the gold medal.
The United States’ Kory Puderbaugh, left, and Josh Brewer applaud as they attend the medal ceremony with their silver medals after the mixed wheelchair rugby final match with Australia at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday. Australia won the gold medal. The Associated Press

The United States wheelchair rugby team lost its first match of the Rio Games on Sunday in the final against Australia 59-58.

Kory Puderbaugh scored 10 goals for the Americans.

The U.S. went 3-0 in pool play, defeating France 51-42, Sweden 54-44 and Japan 57-56, then beat Canada 60-55 in the semifinals.

Making his Paralympic debut, Puderbaugh, 20, finished the tournament with 36 goals.

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