Tritons compete at national bowling tournament

BUFFALO — The Iowa Central men placed third here Saturday at the NJCAA National Bowling Championships, with the Triton women adding a fourth place showing overall.

Highland captured the men’s title with a 12,849 total, as Iowa Central finished with 12,808. Ancilla was third. It was the first title for the Cougars, who dethroned the defending champion Tritons.

Six different programs have won the men’s team titles over the past six seasons, with this being the first-ever national championship for Highland.

Schenectady claimed the women’s overall crown with 12,142 ahead of Ancilla and Highland. The Tritons had a total of 11,073.

It was a clean sweep for the Ducks, as they won the all-events, singles and doubles crowns.

On the individual side, Alec Dudley was third for Iowa Central, as Ancilla’s Colton Baker claimed the national title with a 2,453 series. Dudley finished at 2,381, just 14 pins behind Highland’s Bryce Lawson for second.

Brandon Freese was eighth and Nicholas Sylvester 10th overall.

Abigail Goldsberry paced the Triton women, as she finished in fifth overall with 2,125. Schenectady’s Lauren Piotrowski was the national champion with 2,243, a year after placing second.

Iowa Central returns to action March 9-11 when they compete in regionals in Dallas.