Nick Walker was 25th at 204.9
Nick Walker was 25th at 204.9
Men's Bowling - Wed, Dec. 21, 2016

Las Vegas, Nev.--The William Penn men's bowling team made a deep run as it started its holiday week action at the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational Monday and Tuesday.

WPU qualified eighth out of 37 teams with 8,801 pins in nine regular games, while Midland (Neb.) led qualifying with 9,706 pins.

In the 16-team bracket competition, WPU slipped past #9 seed West Texas A&M 3-2 in the opening round and then upset top-seeded Midland 3.5-1.5 to reach the semifinals.  Unfortunately, the road ended there with a 3-1 setback to #12 Urbana (Ohio), which lost to #3 Wichita State (Kan.) in the championship match 3-0.

Wesley Low of Wichita State was first in qualifying with a 236.6 average, while Nick Walker (So., Zeeland, Mich., Business Management) led the Statesmen in 25th place at 204.9.

Stian Hoff (Sr., Orkanger, Norway, General Accounting) also eclipsed the 200 mark with a 201.2 average, while Lucas Perdieu (Sr., DeWitt, Iowa, General Accounting) (198.0) started all nine games as well.

Quincy Bruce (Jr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, General Accounting) competed in seven games with a 188.6 clip, and David Decker (Fr., Peyton, Colo., Physical Education) managed an average of 183.0 in six games.

Curtis Majka (Jr., Elgin, Ill., Mechanical Engineering), at 189.3 (four games), and Ryan Howard (Sr., King, N.C., Industrial Technology), with a 189 in his lone round, also bowled for the varsity.

William Penn's JV team was first out of six squads with 8,079 pins; the navy and gold then defeated Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 3-2 in the championship match.

All nine games were bowled by both Braxton Coble (So., Ottumwa, Iowa, Business Management) (186.9) and Josh Kragh (Fr., Minot, N.D., General Accounting) (177.8), while Josh Fane (Fr., Brownsville, Wis., Business Management and Accounting) was next with a 183.4 mark in seven games.

The duo of Cody Adair (Sr., Kearns, Utah, Undecided) (190.8) and Rylie Reidel (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Business Management) (166.8) each started six rounds, while Ryan Racimo (Sr. Olympia, Wash., Exercise Science) (183.0, three games), Jason Forsyth (So., Weatherford, Texas, Psychology and Human Services) (172.0, three games), and Logan Mason (So., Knoxville, Iowa, Business Management) (151.0, two games) rounded out the JV lineup.

Next Up: William Penn remains in Las Vegas Wednesday and Thursday to compete in the Las Vegas Collegiate Shootout.