WPU begins its season Saturday and Sunday in Wisconsin
WPU begins its season Saturday and Sunday in Wisconsin
Men's Bowling - Thu, Oct. 5, 2017

Letterwinners returning/lost: 5/3

Notable returners:
Nick Walker, Jr., Zeeland, Mich.
(Letterwinner, 204.0 avg., high of 267)
Quincy Bruce, Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Letterwinner, 198.3 avg., high of 247)
Curtis Majka, Sr., Elgin, Ill.
(Letterwinner, 194.0 avg., high of 250)
Josh Fane, So., Brownsville, Wis.
(Letterwinner, 184.8 avg., high of 237)

Notable losses:
Stian Hoff
(Three-time letterwinner)
Lucas Perdieu
(Four-time letterwinner)
Ryan Howard
(Four-time letterwinner)

Notable newcomers:
Sean Martin,  Fr., Dayton, Ohio
Aleksander Kostric, Fr., Koper, Slovenia
Rok Kostric, Fr., Koper, Slovenia

The Statesmen men's bowling team qualified for nationals last year, and with a tremendous recruiting class adding to its surplus of returning talent, William Penn looks to make another deep run in 2017-2018.

A year after getting to The Dance, Head Coach Mark Van Wyk and his players have not rested on their laurels and are hungrier than ever.  The coaching staff combed the planet to fill in holes left by graduation and was successful in the endeavor with what Van Wyk says is his best recruiting class in his tenure.

It will all start with the returners as a handful of individuals look to improve upon strong seasons from a year ago.  Nick Walker (Jr., Zeeland, Mich., Business Management) was the top bowler from last campaign with a 204.0 average, highlighted by five top-25 efforts (one top 10).

Quincy Bruce (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, General Accounting), at 198.3 last year, and Curtis Majka (Sr., Elgin, Ill., Mechanical Engineering), at 194.0, will also be in the mix to be the team's top roller.

David Decker (So., Peyton, Colo., Physical Education) was solid with a 186.1 average from 2016-2017, while Josh Fane (So., Brownsville, Wis., Business Management and Accounting) has made massive strides from his freshman year (184.8) to earn a varsity spot.

Five other individuals will add returning depth, including Rylie Reidel (Sr., Knoxville, Iowa, Business Management) (184.4), Braxton Coble (Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Business Management) (184.1), Bret Keimig (Sr., Davenport, Iowa, Physical Education) (177.0), Logan Mason (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Business Management) (168.6), and Alex Mitterer (So., Oskaloosa, Iowa, Biology).

Van Wyk is confident in what the returners will provide on the lanes, but is eager to see what the new faces are capable of doing.

Brothers Aleksander Kostric (Fr., Koper, Slovenia, Sports Management) and Rok Kostric (Fr., Koper, Slovenia, Sports Management) should be ready for the bright lights with an impressive list of international experience.  Sean Martin (Fr., Dayton, Ohio, Mechanical Engineering) also comes in with a jaw-dropping prep resume.

Noah Cheever (Fr., Dubuque, Iowa, Secondary Education), Mike Comstock (Fr., Pella, Iowa, General Accounting), Chaise Donner (Fr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Jacob Mickelson (Fr., Sheboygan, Wis., Business Management), and Austin Young (Fr., Iowa City, Iowa, Business Management) look to improve as they get ready for their first collegiate seasons.


William Penn's 10-tournament slate begins this weekend with a drive to Wauwatosa, Wis. to compete in the Midwest Championships.  Highlighting the season is the team's holiday trip to Las Vegas, Nev., while the Backhaul Direct Hoosier Classic will conclude the regular season on February 17-18.