Kegglers Finish 2nd

Oberlinís menís bowling team lost a heart-breaking match to Kent State en route to finishing second in the OC Invitational tournament for the second consecutive year. The event was held at College Lanes in Hales Annex on Saturday, April 28. 
Winning four of five matches during the preliminary round, Oberlinís squad made its first appearance as the top-seeded team in the finals. The final round consists of two-game Baker-style matches, in which each of the five players on the team rolls two frames of each game. 
Oberlin jumped out to a 42-pin lead after just three frames of the title match, as seniors Andy Karlson-Weber and James Knight and sophomore Evan Lovett-Harris combined for three strikes to start the game. Outscoring Kent by a tally of 199 to 182 in the first game, Oberlin led the match until the seventh frame of the final game, eventually falling by a score of 194-142 in the second game and 376-341 overall.
The biggest momentum shift of the final match occurred when Bob Koch of Kent State converted the difficult 4-9 split in the fourth frame of the second game. Earlier, Koch had rolled the tournamentís high game of 269 and led all bowlers with a 227 average for five games. 
Sophomore Chad Hill, who became Oberlinís match game champion in a separate event the previous day, led the home team bowlers with a 191 average, while Knight rolled Oberlinís highest single game of 234. Senior Carol Rubin topped all women with a 192 game and 162 average.
Although the Yeobowlers came up short in the tournament, one Oberlin student tasted victory. When Kent Stateís team arrived with only four bowlers, first semester senior Dan Blackburn of Oberlin was recruited to complete the squad that eventually won. Blackburn was solid in the finals, rolling spares in his final three turns in the match against Oberlin.

Tom Reid is the coach of the bowling team



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