Wilsons skip duals as snow on course softens

HEAVENLY, Calif. — Moguls champions Brad Wilson of Butte and Heather McPhie of Bozeman sat out the dual moguls competition Saturday at the United States Freestyle Championships skiing competition as warmer weather caused deteriorating skiing conditions.

Runners-up in Friday’s moguls event, Bryon Wilson of Butte and Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Conn., also elected to watch rather than compete on Saturday. The Wilsons are brothers — Brad, last year’s Junior World champion and 2011-12 World Cup moguls Rookie of the Year, 20 years old, while Bryon, the 2010 Winter Olympics Bronze Medalist, will turn 25 next Sunday.

Course conditions were described as soft. Bryon Wilson suffered a torn ACL in 2011 and missed almost all of the 2011-12 World Cup season with surgery and recovery as a result.

The men’s winner in dual moguls was Joe Discoe of Telluride, Colo. It was his third national title. First-time winner Sophia Schwartz of Sun Valley, Idaho, won the women’s competition.

Silver medalists were Sho Kashima of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., in the men’s division and Mikaela Mathews of Frisco, Colo., in the women’s. Dylan Walczyk of Breckenridge, Colo., placed third in men’s dual moguls, and defending women’s national champion K.C. Oakley of Piedmont, Calif., was third in her competition.