Collegiate Ticker - Oct. 5, 2022

The 51st edition of the Midwest Collegiate Championships took place last weekend across two centers in the greater Milwaukee area with the Lawrence Tech men and Mount Mercy women capturing the first Tier I titles of the 2022-2023 season.

The Midwest Collegiate Championships historically has served as the first big test of the season for many collegiate programs, and the 2022 event welcomed 49 varsity teams in the men's division at Bowlero Wauwatosa and 35 varsity squads on the women's side at AMF West Lanes.

Qualifying consisted of six traditional games Saturday and 16 Baker games Sunday before the top eight teams in each division advanced to bracket play to determine the winner. Each round of the bracket featured a best-of-three Baker format.

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The top three men's teams through qualifying were Indiana Tech (10,173), Calumet (10,117) and defending Intercollegiate Team Championships winner Wisconsin-Whitewater (9,928). St. Francis-Illinois earned the eighth and final spot in the bracket after finishing with a 9,463 total.

Coming in as the No. 5 seed, Lawrence Tech swept No. 4 McKendree (183-175, 225-222) and rallied against top qualifier Indiana Tech (180-246, 236-188, 185-173) to advance to the finals.

On the other side of the bracket, Calumet flirted with perfection against No. 7 Judson (298-196, 210-184) and eliminated No. 6 Saint Xavier (185-176, 212-142) to earn its spot in the finals against the Blue Devils.

Lawrence Tech wins men's title at 2022 Midwest Collegiate ChampionshipsLawrence Tech rolled to the early advantage in Game 1 (224-144) before the Crimson Wave evened the match in Game 2 (243-158). In the deciding game, the Blue Devils bounced back from an open in the first frame and delivered seven strikes to cruise to the win, 223-158. Calumet fought hard but was unable to recover from three opens in the first six frames of Game 3.

The victory marked the first Tier I title for the men's program at Lawrence Tech.

In the individual standings, McKendree's Jorge Rodriguez-Rosas put up a six-game total of 1,489 (248.16 average) on Saturday to earn the top spot in a field featuring more than 375 student-athletes. The two-time National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) All-American rolled games of 242, 264, 243, 241, 278 and 221 at Bowlero Wauwatosa.

Rodriguez-Rosas was joined on the all-tournament team by Judson's Blaine Hunt (1,448), Wisconsin-Whitewater's Luke Winter (1,447), Indiana Tech's James Bennett (1,446) and Calumet's Joey Ocello (1,412).

An additional highlight in the men's division was delivered by Wisconsin-Whitewater's Drake Bazzy, who rolled a 300 game Saturday to finish tied for 17th place in the individual standings (1,343).

In the women's division, the top qualifiers included St. Francis-Illinois (9,072), Coe (8,912) and Mount Mercy (8,757). Missouri Baptist finished in eighth place to advance to the bracket with an 8,528 total.

Mount Mercy made its way to the finals of the bracket with wins over No. 6 Notre Dame-Ohio (187-207, 195-182, 214-170) and No. 7 Midland (218-185, 208-155).

The Mustangs were joined in the title match by No. 5 St. Ambrose. The Fighting Bees advanced with victories over No. 4 Saint Xavier (191-188, 190-222, 197-191) and Missouri Baptist (182-168, 160-170, 196-161).

Mount Mercy wins women's title at 2022 Midwest Collegiate ChampionshipsSt. Ambrose held the early lead in Game 1, but the Mustangs delivered three consecutive strikes, starting in the ninth frame, to complete the comeback and secure the advantage, 204-185. 

In Game 2, Mount Mercy took control with a double in the third and fourth frames and never looked back on the way to the title, posting a 194-163 victory.

Coe's Michaela Beckmann posted the top six-game score Saturday in the women's division, finishing with a 1,322 total (220.33 average). The freshman tossed games of 252, 229, 195, 231, 243 and 172 on the way to the top spot.

Joining Beckmann in the top five were Huntington's Amber Elliott (1,307), Mount Mercy's Megan Kolberg (1,302), Davenport's Kasey Eaton (1,264) and Culver-Stockton's Jasmine Saunders (1,258).  

The other event on the schedule last weekend took place in Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio Bowling Conference Tournament No. 1.

Ohio State claimed the top spot in the women's division, while the Muskingum men recorded their second victory of the season.

This weekend's schedule currently features nine events across eight states (Delaware, Florida, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin) and the first NCAA events of the season.

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