BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — Austin Cook posted a 47th-place finish to give the University of Rio Grande men’s bowling team its top individual showing in the Orange and Black Classic hosted by the University of Pikeville.
The two-day tournament wrapped up on Sunday at Beaver-Vu Bowl.
Cook, a sophomore from St. Mary’s, Ohio, toppled 936 pins over five games for an average of 187.2. He finished with a single-game high score of 201 in his opening game.
Tyler Perry from Vincennes University took top honors out of the 412 individuals with 1,104 pins over five games for an average of 220.8.
Rio Grande finished 15th in the 39-team field with 7,337 pins – 4,404 in Saturday’s team games and 2,933 in Sunday’s baker rounds.
Other individuals who competed for the RedStorm included sophomore Brandon Westerfield (Barberton, OH), who was 182nd in the combined standings with 711 pins over four games for a 177.8 average; freshman Arron Streitenberger (Logan, OH), who was 188th with 700 pins in four rounds for a 175.0 average; sophomore Chris Somerville (Gallipolis, OH), who was 194th with 695 pins over four games for an average of 173.8; freshman Noah Fenner (New Vienna, OH), who placed 253rd with 552 pins in three games for an average of 184.0; sophomore Kaleb Taylor (Washington Court House, OH), who placed 278th with 487 pins in three rounds for an average of 162.3; and freshman Michael Helton, Jr. (Marysville, OH), who was 321st with 323 pins over two games for an average of 161.5.
Somerville had Rio’s top game of the tournament with a 202.
The top eight teams after the conclusion on Sunday’s baker games advanced into bracket play to determine a champion and third-seeded Lindenwood University defeated No. 1-seed Lawrence Tech in the final.
Rio Grande also competed in the tourney’s junior varsity bracket and finished 17th in the 20-team field with 6,310 pins.
Sophomore Isaiah Pickell (Logan, OH) was Rio’s top finisher in the JV competition with 867 pins and a 173.4 average over five games. He finished 95th in the combined standings and had a single-game high of 201.
Others who rolled for Rio included sophomore Miles Washington (Columbus, OH), who knocked down 796 pins in five games for an average of 159.2 and a finish of 138th; freshman Cameron Fields (Logan, OH), who took 157th with 747 pins in five games for an average of 149.4; junior Jacob Morris (Vinton, OH), who was 222nd with 620 pins in four games for an average of 155.0; junior Zach Morris (Vinton, OH), who was 272nd with 501 pins in four games for an average of 125.3; and freshman Shane Elliott (Hillsboro, OH), who finished 338th with 254 pins in two games for an average of 127.0.
Lindenwood University was the top seed entering bracket play and defeated No. 7 seed University of Pikeville in the bracket final.
Brandon Cruz of Lindenwood’s No. 2 team won the individual JV title with 997 pins. He finished 17th in the combined individual standings.
Rio Grande returns to action this weekend at the Columbia 300 Western Shootout in Indianapolis, Ind.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.