Ryan Wright, a junior at Summit Academy, finished 6th in the state in Division III boys bowling on Saturday, March 4. After regional qualifying score of 1186 and securing 10th place on Saturday, Feb 25, Ryan rolled off against 59 other bowlers in Division III for the state championship at M-66 Bowl in Battle Creek.
The bowlers rolled 6 individual games with the top 16 total scores moving on to match play to determine the state champ. Ryan stayed consistent throughout the qualifying portion of the day ranging from a low spot of 25th to as high as 12th. Going into the last qualifying game, Ryan sat in 16th place. His last game of 200 was good enough to move him up two spaces and after qualifying was done, Ryan sat in 14th place and moved on to match play with a qualifying score of 1153.
Match play consisted of two individual games with the bowler with the highest 2-game total moving on to the next round. Ryan battled Kevin Le from Wyoming Godwin Heights, who qualified 3rd, in the opening round. Ryan bowled a 200 in the first game to Kevin’s 156, taking a 44 pin lead into the 2nd game. While losing the second game 165-157, Ryan won totals 357-321 and moved on to the quarter finals.
In the quarter finals, Ryan faced Adam Jackson of Caro, who qualified 11th. Splits contributed to Ryan losing the first game 181-148. Down 33 pins and far from being done, Ryan continued to battle. Unfortunately, the breaks were not going his way and Ryan lost the second game 179-156.
Ryan’s 6th place finish is the highest finish for any Summit Academy bowler in the school’s history. Through his high school career, Ryan has been to the state championships three times – twice for individuals in 2015 and 2017, and once for team in 2016.