Webber International men take ITC title

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Webber International men took down perennial power and 10-time champion Wichita State, 2.5-0.5, to win the men's title at the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships.

Webber men ITC trophyThe Warriors' victory, which was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, completed a sweep on the men's and women's titles at this year's ITCs. The Webber women defeated Midland to win the title.

The only other schools to sweep both the men's and women's titles in the same year are Wichita State, which accomplished the feat in 2009 and 1994, and Arizona State in 1981.

"People talk about a dream come true and this is it," Webber International men's coach Del Warren said. "We knew we had the depth and the talent for this to happen, but what are the odds of it actually happening for both teams?"

The Warriors men took the opening game of the championship match, 170-167, before the two teams tied at 203 in Game 2. The third game was decided in the final frame when Gary Faulkner doubled in the 10th to lock up the title for Webber International, 194-184.

"I just got up there, pointed and shot, without thinking about anything," Faulkner said of his match-winning shot. "We worked all year for this, and it shows that hard work really does pay off."

The tournament's most valuable player honors for the men went to Wichita State's Erik Gulbrandson. Joining Gulbrandson on the men's all-tournament team was Jacob Kent of Robert Morris-Illinois, Kyle Anderson of St. Ambrose, Brad Miller of Lindenwood and Faulkner.