LANCASTER, Ohio — Brandon Westerfield and Austin Cook recorded Top 10 finishes individually to lead the University of Rio Grande men’s bowling varsity team in the Muskie Mash hosted by Muskingum University, Saturday afternoon, at Tiki Lanes.
Westerfield, a sophomore from Barberton, Ohio placed sixth with a total of 1,027 pins over five games for an average of 205.4. He also had the team’s single-game high of 228 in his third game.
Cook, a sophomore from St. Marys, Ohio, was close behind in eighth place among the 123 overall participants with 1,001 pins in five games for an average of 200.2
As a team, Rio Grande finished eighth among the 16 varsity teams with 6,586 pins. The RedStorm tallied 4,547 pins in the team games and 2,039 pins in the baker portion of the event.
Rio also placed second in the three-team junior varsity bracket with a pin total of 6,085.
Sophomore Miles Washington (Columbus, OH) was the RedStorm’s leader among the junior varsity bowlers, placing 22nd overall with a five-game total with 908 pins and 181.6 average.
Others representing the RedStorm in the varsity competition were freshman Noah Fenner (New Vienna, OH), who placed 34th with 878 pins in five games; freshman Michael Helton, Jr. (Marysville, OH), who was 42nd with 845 pins in five games; and sophomore Kaleb Taylor (Washington Court House, OH), who finished 55th with 796 pins in five games.
Along with Washington, Rio was also represented in the junior varsity division by freshman Colin Little (Bidwell, OH), who was 29th overall with 900 pins in five games, including a 234 in his fourth game; junior Jacob Morris (Vinton, OH), who was 32nd with 890 pins over five games; sophomore Isaiah Pickell (Logan, OH), who was 63rd overall with 750 pins in five games; and junior Zachary Morris (Vinton, OH), who placed 74th after toppling 677 pins over five games.
Lindenwood-Bellville University won the varsity title with 6,973 pins, while the University of the Cumberlands (6,944) and Siena Heights University (6,917) rounded out the top three.
Robert Morris University won the junior varsity crown with 6,171 pins. Rio Grande and Shawnee State University (5,684) completed top three team totals.
Ryan Stubblefield of Lindenwood-Bellville had the top individual finish of 1,123 pins over five games for an average of 224.6.
Rio Grande returns to action on Feb. 23 at the American Heartland Conference Championship in Dayton.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.