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Comet Cael Bohlen makes championship bracket at State Bowling Individual Tournament

Comet Cael Bohlen makes championship bracket at State Bowling Individual Tournament
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City senior Cael Bohlen celebrates after throwing a strike during the Class 1A Boys Bowling State Qualifier. Bohlen helped the Comets qualify as a team and also qualified as a individual. At the Class 1A Boys State Individual Tournament held Tuesday at Maple Lanes in Waterloo, Bohlen made the Top 8 cut for the single-elimination championship bracket before being stopped in the first round.

Press Staff Report

WATERLOO — The new format adopted for the State Bowling Championships allows for more bowlers to compete as individuals.

But more individuals means more scores to beat. And if you were one of 32 qualifiers for the Class 1A Boys Individual Tournament held Tuesday at Maple Lanes and you didn’t bowl better than a 680 three-game series in the preliminary round …

Thanks for playing.

The Top 8 scores for the single-elimination single-game championship bracket ranged from Will Vanderbilt’s (Central DeWitt) 767 to Lucas Ihrig’s (Maquoketa) 681.

Even if you bowled a near-perfect 299 like Ashton Giza of Clarke did, that still didn’t get you seeded amid the upper four even if it was part of a 703 series.

Charles City senior Cael Bohlen, the defending Class 1A boys individual champion, rolled a 684 series including a 254 game in the preliminary round, earning the No. 7 seed.

In the first round while facing No. 2 seed Brock Alderson of Sigourney-Keota, Bohlen was eliminated as his 189 game was well short of Alderson’s 247.

Meanwhile at the other end of the bracket, Vanderbilt’s outstanding day was spoiled when Ihrig eliminated him in the first round 253-220.

Ihrig was later bested by St. Albert’s Adam Denny (221-167) in the semifinals before Denny defeated Alderson (270-181) in the championship match.

Haydn Piskorski of St. Albert defeated Ihrig (182-176) in the third-place match.

Charles City senior Dillan Ross was also an individual qualifier for the Comets. A ninth-place finisher among last year’s state individuals, Ross finished his final prep season with a 508 series in the preliminary round.

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