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Bowling: Vermilion's Dylon Wilson earns state trip


WARREN — It was a day of mixed emotions for the Vermilion boys bowling team at Sunday’s Northeast district tournament at Crest Lanes.

Sophomore Dylon Wilson punched his ticket to state with a 659 series and a fourth-place finish, but freshman Bryan Martin’s 649 was one pin short of the top five and a state berth.

In addition, the team was within 15 pins of qualifying to state (top five) through two Baker games (when players take turns bowling each frame) before collapsing and finishing ninth.

Wilson’s 251 opening game keyed his performance.

“I came up here to practice last night at 8 and burned up a pair (of lanes),” Wilson said. “We practiced for about an hour. I figured they would burn up today by the second game. Since we were bowling with Amherst today I figured we’d all be shooting about the same line. I think I just got lucky, just practicing a lot and giving it all I had.”

Wilson came back with games of 205 and 203 and finished 32 pins over average for the day.

“The practice gave me a better idea what the lanes were going to do when they got burned up, throw the ball that I needed to throw and what line to shoot,” Wilson said. “I’m very excited and proud to be going to state. I’m very happy.”

Martin finished behind Ravenna junior Dylan Montgomery (650), who bowled a 276 third game, for the final qualifying spot. Stow senior Tyler Meredith also bowled 649 and was given sixth place over Martin because of a higher single game (238-228).

“I missed way too many spares,” Martin said. “Next year, I’ll be back here. I might make it next year, I hope. I wish the team could have held down Bakers, but it didn’t happen. We placed ninth out 28 teams. It’s not bad.”

Vermilion, which averaged 182 in Bakers during the regular season, averaged just 168 Sunday. Scores of 150, 157 and 129 out of the six Baker games hurt.

“The lanes transitioned way too fast,” Martin said. “The practice last night helped somewhat, but they were still broken down from the girls tournament. For today, it was tough. One lane would be no oil, but the next still might have quite a bit. We’ll do better next year I hope.”

It was the Vermilion boys’ best shot at state since advancing in 2008-09 and ending up 14th.

“We caught the transition in the second game just right,” Vermilion coach George Buckosh said. “Three Baker games killed us. It’s the old thing of missing easy spares. If we had a couple of 170s there instead of 150s, we’d be there.”

Amherst junior Carl Haberstro finished 18th with a 627 series, 23 from qualifying. It wasn’t enough to help Amherst, which slipped to 19th after three regular games and ended up 16th with 3,796.

“Spare shooting hurt us,” Haberstro said. “You have to make more spares. If we made spares, it’s an easy 200 pins and we’d be in. Our Baker held up (1,132, 189 average). Our second Baker (277) brought us back to within 100 pins. It would have been nicer to make it to state.

“Individually, I thought I could have bowled better. I kept leaving 10-pins on very good shots. It was frustrating.”

Canfield sophomore Ben Shoman bowled a district-record 813 series, winning by 115 pins over teammate Andrew Letscher (698), a freshman.



Top five teams advance to state on Saturday at Columbus’ Webb Bowl.

1. Fairport Harding 4,225; 2. Canfield 4,187; 3. Benedictine 4,151; 4. Austintown-Fitch 4,082; 5. Warren Champion 4,073; 6. Green 3,950; 7. Perry 3,918; 8. Boardman 3,903; 9. Vermilion 3,898; 10. Canton Timken 3,882; 11. Brunswick 3,873; 12. Brush 3,860; 13. Akron Hoban 3,825; 14. Cuyahoga Falls 3,848; 15. North Canton Hoover 3,825; 16. Amherst 3,796; 17. Stow 3,774; 18. Solon 3,768; 19. Tallmadge 3,790; 20. Olmsted Falls 3,717; 21. Ravenna 3,672; 22. Walsh Jesuit 3,659; 23. St. Edward 3,629; 24. Holy Name 3,607; 25. Girard 3,584; 26. Niles McKinley 3,573; 27. Canton McKinley 3,541; 28. Mentor 3,520

Individual state qualifiers

Top 5 qualify to state.

1. Ross Russell (Walsh Jesuit), 687; 2. Brandon Mattingly (Solon), 678; 3. Ryan Leiderbach (Nordonia), 682; 4. Dylon Wilson (Vermilion), 659; 5. Dylan Montgomery (Ravenna), 650; 6. Tyler Meredith (Stow), 649; 7. Bryan Martin (Vermilion), 649.

High series: 1. Ben Shoman (Canfield), 813 (DISTRICT RECORD); 2. Andrew Letschler (Canfield), 698; 3. Ross Russell (Walsh Jesuit), 687; 4. Dan Warsinski (Benedictine), 681; 5. Brandon Mattingly (Solon), 678

Top local: 9. Dylon Wilson (Vermilion), 659; 11. Bryan Martin (Vermilion), 649; 18. Carl Haberstro (Amherst), 627; 37. Nick Kerecz (Open Door), 592.

Other local individuals: 76. Justin Starbuck (Amherst), 545; 99. Tony Hugo (Vermilion), 525; 125. Brandon Wallace (Wellington), 485; 130. Bradey Clanin (Keystone), 457; 148. Jon Holtcamp (Vermilion), 371; 149. Collin Oursler (Amherst), 368; 152. Brent Scarvelli (Vermilion), 366; 160. Brandon Velasquez (Amherst), 325; 162. Gino DelMonico (Amherst), 321; 173. Cody Congelio (Amherst), 188.

High game: 1. Shoman, 289; 2. Cody Zalar (Fairport Harding), 278; 3. Casey Cohagan (Fairport Harding), 278; 4. Dylan Montgomery (Ravenna), 276; 5. Mattingly, 256.

Top local: 8. Wilson, 251.

Other local individuals: Haberstro, 237; Martin, 228; Starbuck, 203; Scarvelli, 195; Congelio, 188; Hugo, 181; Wallace, 170; DelMonico, 168; Velasquez, 167; Clanin, 165.

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