William Penn Fourth at Warhawk Open

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

by Wade Steinlage

Addison, Ill.–A trio of Statesmen placed in the top 25 as the Statesmen men’s bowling team placed high at the Ebonite Warhawk Open Saturday and Sunday.

WPU was fourth out of 24 teams with 9,295 pins in six regular games and four Baker sets. Wisconsin-Whitewater topped qualifying with 9,793 pins.

The navy and gold were knocked out of bracket competition in the quarterfinals by #5 seed St. Francis (Ill.), while #6 seed Midland eventually defeated St. Francis in the finals.

Alec Karr of Midland was the top qualifier with a 224.7 average. Nick Walker (Jr., Zeeland, Mich., Business Management) led his team by averaging 213.0 pins to place 11th in qualifying. He was just 70 pins from first place.

Quincy Bruce (Sr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, General Accounting) was only three pins behind Walker, tallying a 212.5 average, while David Decker (So., Peyton, Colo., Physical Education), who finished 20th, also went over the 200 barrier with a 206.0 mark.

Curtis Majka (Sr., Elgin, Ill., Mechanical Engineering), who averaged 190.3 pins, joined the trio by starting all six games. Sean Martin (Fr., Dayton, Ohio, Mechanical Engineering) had the team’s highest average at 233.3 in four games, while Aleksander Kostric (Fr., Koper, Slovenia, Sports Management) recorded a 156.5 average in two starts.

William Penn also had a JV team on the lanes and the Statesmen were sixth with 8,449 pins. Rylie Reidel (Sr., Knoxville, Iowa, Business Management) guided his crew with a 197.3 clip, while Braxton Coble (Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Business Management) (190.7) and Bret Keimig (Sr., Davenport, Iowa, Physical Education) (188.0) started all six rounds as well.

Mike Comstock (Fr., Pella, Iowa, General Accounting) averaged 193.2 in five games, and Logan Mason (Jr., Knoxville, Iowa, Business Management) posted a 179.6 mark, also in five games. Chaise Donner (Fr., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sports Management) (190) and Noah Cheever (Fr., Dubuque, Iowa, Secondary Education) (135) both started one game.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Las Vegas, Nev. on December 18-19 to compete in the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational.

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