INDIANAPOLIS-Junior All-American Dylin Hunter helped the Adrian College men's bowling team secure a 20th-place showing at the 2017 Collegiate Club national championships, which concluded on Sunday here at All-Star Bowl.
Hunter received All-America status from the Club Team Bowling Coaches' Association for his performance throughout the 2016-17 season.
Ranked 22nd coming into the tournament after qualifying for its second CCC in as many years, the Bulldogs started off a little slow by winning two of six pool play baker matches. Adrian had a total pinfall of 4,194 ahead of Division I programs Ball State (4154) and North Dakota State (4083) in its bracket.
As a result, Adrian had a first-round rematch with Illinois State from the 2016 event in a best-3-of-5 baker games match.
Adrian fought hard against the Redbirds after being down 2-1 and evened the match at 2, but wasn't able to string anything together in a 3-2 loss.
That put the Bulldogs in the contenders' bracket on Sunday against Saginaw Valley State in a best- 2-of-3 baker matches. The squad took it to the limit again, however fell in three.
Despite losing in the first two rounds, Adrian second-year head coach John Essenmacher III was pleased with the program's progress.
"Overall, I thought the weekend went well because we took five freshmen and got a lot of experience at Nationals, finishing 20th in the nation," he said. "I am looking forward to next year as we will have a veteran group.
"This team came together over the last two weeks, which is a good springboard to look great for next season. I am very proud of this team and the way they bowled together throughout the weekend."
Adrian's season has come to a close.
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