Updated On January 25, 2017
December 4th was the Ebonite Warhawk Open where the Statesmen placed second out of 24 teams with a total of 9,728 pins in six games and four sets of Baker play. During bracket play, the squad was able to bet Illinois State in the quarterfinals but the tournament ended in the semifinals when the squad lost to Robert Morris during the championship round. Leading the squad was sophomore Nick Walker with a 225.5 average.
Walker finished in third place in the 229 competitor field. Walker, was followed by junior, Curtis Majka who placed eighth with a 218.2 average. Senior, Stian Hoff was also in the top ten for the Statesmen was a 217.7 average where he finished in ninth place.
During winter break the Men’s Bowling team travelled to Las Vegas to compete in the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational . The squad finished in eight place out of 37 teams with a total of 8,801 pins in nine regular games. The tournament had a 16 team bracket play, where the Statesmen beat West Texas A&M in the opening round, followed by beating Midland to make it in the semifinals. But during the semifinals, the Statesmen were unable continue their success against Urbana, ending the tournament for them. Leading the Statesmen was Nick Walker, who placed 25th with an average of 204.9. Next in the line was Stian Hoff, who finished with a 201.2 average and Lucas Perfieu finished with a 198.0 after starting all 9 games.
While in Las Vegas, the Statesmen also competed in the Las Vegas Shoot-Out. The Statesmen placed in seventh out of 37 teams. During the Shoot-Out the Statesmen had five members breach the 200 average mark. Lead by Nick Walker who finished in 18th place with a 218.2 average, Walker was followed by Hoff who had a 206.8. Both junior, Quincy Bruce and senior Ryan Howard was at 201.0 average. While Bret Kelmig rounded out the 200 average club, was a 201.7 average for three games.
With more than half of the season over, the Statesmen were ranked #17 in the recent poll as of January 19th.
On January 22nd during the first tournament following the break, the squad placed 9th out of 62 teams at the Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate Classic. Junior Curtis Majka lead the Statesmen placing in 24th place with a 202.4 average. Walker had a 201.0 average and Lucas Perdieu had a 196.6 average.
The men’s bowling team looks to grow as a team as they start out their season this fall. With a team that has six seniors and four freshmen, the men’s bowling squad has a lot of experience to go off of for the first few months of the season.
An early season ranking by collegebowling.com, placed the men at #22 in the nation coming into this season. After finishing last year in 18th, prior to heading off to sectionals in February 2016.
At the season opener on October 2, the squad placed 14th out of 42 teams, led by freshman David Decker. They continued later that month at the Western Shootout, placing 5th out of 23 teams. Senior, Lucas Perdieu, led his squad with a high average which earned him a 15th place finish.
More recently, the Statesmen placed 13th out of 36 teams at the Leatherneck Classic on November 14. Leading the team was Nick Walker, who placed in the top 20; followed by Stian Hoff who has a 198.7 average.
Junior, Bret Keimig, said, “our squad is preparing to make some noise in the next big tournament. We are really working on our spares and team chemistry…”
He also notes that, “David Decker is a freshman this year and he is tearing up the lanes for us…he has a lot of experience with bowling, so I really think he is a good asset to the team this year.”
With the mixture of returning and new players, the Statesmen look to continue working towards making spares and being more of a team. Both are detrimental to carry them through the rest of the season.