Triton men win national bowling championship

Triton men win national bowling championship

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — The Iowa Central bowling team completed the two-day NJCAA Championships with more hardware to bring back home.

The Triton men claimed their second team title, adding to the national championship captured back in 2017.

"We had a huge day on Friday, but I just kept telling the guys to play to win and not to lose," ICCC head coach Gregg Haden said. "It's always easier said than done, but they did a great job.

"I'm just so proud of them and and entire group — both men and women — for coming together, competing for each other and bowling so well."

Alec Dudley was the all-events champion and also paired up with his brother, Ryan, to win the doubles championship. Alec was also third overall in singles for Iowa Central.

With high games of 235 and 236, Alec Dudley joined former Triton Brandon Freese as both singles and doubles champions.

Nicholes Sylvester was third overall in the all-events standings, with Ryan Duley placing fourth, Michael Schnell seventh and Noah Wangen 10th.

"We brought some high-technology equipment to use when we practice and that has really made a big difference for us," Haden said. "It allows us to track the ball, and we've seen nothing but huge improvements since doing that."

Sylvester, Alec Dudley and Keaton Jones were second, third and fourth in singles standings behind champion Michael Costello of Erie.

Wangen and Schnell were fourth overall in doubles.

The Triton women, meanwhile, placed third. Casey Brandau and Neva Waidelich were doubles champs, with Baili Girkin and Dawn Hathaway finishing as runner-ups.

Brandau and Waidelich had a total of 1,150, with Girkin and Hathaway finishing with 1,115. Alec Dudley, Sylvester, Ryan Dudley and Schnell all secured All-American honors.

"The way we finished here is just huge for recruiting," Haden said. "To tell recruits where are program is right now … that just helps us push Iowa Central to the top.

"I have to thank everybody that has helped us along the way. The administration at Iowa Central, the athletic department, Randy at Family Bowling Center. Without all those people, we aren't where we are at right now."

Ancilla was the overall team champion.

Waidelich led the Tritons with a sixth in allevents, earning her All-American status.

Iowa Central will bring its momentum from the strong finish at nationals to USBC Sectional action this coming weekend in Dallas.

The Top-4 teams on both the men's and women's side advance. The Triton men are ranked 38th in the nation among all teams from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA, with the women sitting 65th overall.