Hastings men, Kansas Wesleyan women record wins at Mid States Championships

WICHITA, Kan. - The Hastings men and Kansas Wesleyan women showed their determination throughout bracket play Sunday at the Mid States Championships to record victories in their respective divisions.

The second Tier 1 event of the 2019-2020 United States Bowling Congress Collegiate season featured men's competition at Northrock Lanes, while the women's teams bowled at West Acres Bowl. A total of 34 men's varsity teams and 26 women's varsity programs competed.

The qualifying portion of the event included six traditional games Saturday and 20 Baker games Sunday to determine the eight teams advancing to each bracket. All bracket matches featured a best-of-five Baker format.

Hastings, the No. 7 seed, eliminated No. 2 St. Ambrose (3-0) and No. 6 Midland (3-2) to advance to the final against No. 5 Newman. The Jets defeated No. 4 Mount Mercy (3-1) and No. 8 Baker (3-2) to earn their spot in the championship match.

Hastings and Newman exchanged wins to force a deciding game, and the Broncos were able to deliver in the final frame to shut out Newman, 181-178, to secure the title, 3-2.

Wichita State was the top qualifier, finishing with a 10,152 total. Baker earned the last spot in the bracket with a 9,438 score.

The men's all-tournament team featured Mount Mercy's Darin Bloomquist (1,325) and Richard Diercks (1,315); Grand View's Zach Mitchell (1,307); St. Ambrose's Brandon Dodge (1,276); and Wichita State's Sam Goebel (1,272).

In the women's division, Kansas Wesleyan (8,848) secured the final seed for the bracket by just four pins over Newman, and quickly found its rhythm in match play. The Coyotes defeated top-seeded St. Ambrose (3-2) and No. 5 Central Missouri (3.5-.5) to roll to the title match to meet No. 3 Wichita State. The Shockers swept No. 6 Lindenwood and No. 2 Mount Mercy to advance.

In the title match, Kansas Wesleyan delivered its own sweep and collected the program's first Tier 1 title, 3-0.

St. Ambrose led qualifying with a 9,489 total.

The women's all-tournament team included Midland's Brittney Schnicke (1,275); Mount Mercy's Sydney Urban (1,274); St. Ambrose's Kaitlyn Keith (1,240); Wichita State's Sarah Klassen (1,217); and Baker's Allayna Bell (1,192).

Competition from the 2019 Mid States Championships was broadcast live at BowlTV.com.