GREENSBURG, Pa. - Led by strong efforts from all five players throughout singles, doubles and team competition, the Westmoreland County Community College men's bowling team captured its fourth consecutive WPCC Championship Friday at Main Bowling Center.
The Wolfpack put up a commanding lead in the doubles and singles play in the morning and cruised to the win, as they totaled 8,435 to outdistance Penn Highlands (6,499). It's the fourth consecutive championship for the Wolfpack dating back to the 2016 season.
Westmoreland won the crown with a balanced effort throughout the line-up during the day. The doubles team of Noah Svidron, who went 624 in doubles for the second-highest total of the round, and Trevor Nelson combined to score 1,201 to earn Runner-Up honors. The tandem of Zach Hartmann and Josh Gelet recorded the third-best doubles score of the morning at 1,161.
In singles competition, the Wolfpack went 2-3-4 in the standings. Gelet improved his score in each game, going 185-205-239 to finish at 629 for the series and earn Runner-Up distinction. Right behind him at 606 was Nelson, who threw a 258 in the third game, and Hartmann took fourth with a 595.
The team competition in the afternoon saw a lot of high scores, as seven bowlers broke 600 for the series. Nelson was the top Wolfpack bowler in the afternoon, which featured a run at perfection. He threw strikes on the opening nine frames of the second game and entered the 10th three strikes away from perfection. His first ball in the final frame was just off and Nelson would finish the game with a 266 after flirting with the perfect game.
Due to his 626 in the afternoon, Nelson was the highest Westmoreland bowler in the All Events competition, as he took fourth place overall. The balance of the Wolfpack line-up was evident in the All-Event standings, as Hartmann finished sixth, Svidron took seventh and Gelet placed eighth to give Westmoreland half of the top eight bowlers.
There were more honors coming the Wolfpack's way after the match, as Head Coach John Rahl will share Coach of the Year accolades with his assistant, Denny Holodnak.
The Wolfpack will look to build off their conference championship next week when they compete at the Region XX Championship match. That will be on Friday, February 23rd at Coral Lanes in North Versailles.