STRATFORD, N.J.--The Adrian College Bulldogs recently completed the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Collegiate Sectional Championships in 14th place out of 17 teams.
Adrian made the cut and was ranked high enough to compete in the Sectionals. This is where you bowl 64 baker games to make the cut among the top four teams to bowl in Nationals. There are four sectionals in the nation, making the top 16 teams out of these four tournaments to compete for the national title.
On Friday, the teams bowled in the singles event where they take the top-6 men. This is a separate tournament from the team event with all of the baker games. The Bulldogs bowled six games and the top student-athletes would go to Nationals to compete in singles championships.
Adrian College had three bowlers finish in the top 50 out of 158 individuals. Leading the way was Sophomore Kyle Wood finishing in 45th place with a score of 1143, a 190.5 average. Next was junior Mike Jachcinski in 47th place with a score of 1139, a 189.83 average. Sophomore Kody Wood had a score of 1130, a 188.33 average, for 50th.
"Overall for the first year of the men's team bowling singles, we did pretty well," said first-year Adrian coach John Essenmacher III. "Most of the team has never bowled big singles tournaments against the best collegiate bowlers in the nation."
The team event took place on Saturday and Sunday. Each team bowled 32 baker games on each day. After 64 games of competition, Adrian finished with a score of 11,714.
"Even though we didn't finish higher (than we expected), we have to look at this as success," Essenmacher said. "Not many second-year programs make the cut to bowl sectionals. This team has got better all year and I am happy with how we are progressing."
Urbana captured the team title with a pin total of 13,655.