COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Adrian College men's bowling team began the 2019 calendar year at the Ohio State University Buckeye Baker Classic here at HP Lanes, where the Bulldogs finished seventh out of 13 teams with 6,286 pins from Jan. 12-13. In the championship bracket, Adrian was the seventh seed to face second-seeded Huntington in a best-of-three series.
The format was 24 bakers on the first day and 12 more bakers were done the second day, then a cut to top eight teams was made for the championship round.
Adrian started its first day Saturday in eighth place. Junior Austin Foate bowled most of the first day as the lead off and also was the anchor. Fellow junior Jadin Majewski bowled the fourth or anchor spot throughout the first day. Sophomore Chase Fleming was fourth or anchor spot as well, helping the team out all day. Fellow sophomore Jansen Stone and freshman Jason Chadwick also bowled all day in lineup as they helped the team stay afloat. Sophomore Devin Butts was ready to help the team as well.
The men's team was very slow with their sets, but its last set was a 829 for four games, which is an average of 207.25. The last game of the day was the highest baker for the Bulldogs all year with a 267 game. The Bulldogs came into the last day throwing sets of 743, 726 and a 735, acceptable baker sets.
Out of qualifying, first place was Pikeville, second was Huntington and third was Ohio State. In championship bracket play, Huntington defeated Rio Grande in the finals for the trophy after beating the Bulldogs in the first round, 2-games-to-1.
The Bulldogs will be getting ready for a big tournament this upcoming weekend from Saturday and Sunday, January 19-20, at the Kegel/ISBPA Classic Tier 1 tournament, which will have over 70 teams competing in Addison, Illinois.
--Austin Foate '20, Sports Management major and The College World sportswriter