On a roll, Wiseman reaches final 4

Hometown favorite ousts Duke with 270

December 09, 2006|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Reporter

Danny Wiseman came home to reach The Show.

The hometown favorite withstood a serious rally by veteran Norm Duke last night and advanced to tomorrow's televised finals of the 2006 Beltway Classic at AMF Country Club Lanes in Middle River.

It marked the first time since March 2005 in Indianapolis that Wiseman has marched into the final four, and he accomplished it by applying some risk to his match against Duke, who overrode a 3-1 deficit in games and was on the verge of completing a determined comeback.

Duke rolled a 258 in the final game, but Wiseman bowled a 270 by "changing balls and opening up more. I had to take some chances because I knew Norm would shoot a 250."

Wiseman had been battling a slump and bad luck for more than a year. "With all the things that have gone wrong the last couple of weeks and before that, I said if I'm going to do it, I'd better do it here. Actually, I had been bowling pretty good; I was just getting run over."

Sean Rash, victor of one crown last year, advanced past Tommy Delutz Jr., who "has been unbelievable the last three weeks. To get by a guy doing so well is a good note. He left a 7-10 in the third game [won by Rash 269-266], and that was kind of a momentum changer," said the winner, who faces off against Wiseman in the semifinals.

Rash ,24, is originally from Alaska but now lives in Wichita, Kan.

Another of the young and comers, Chris Loschetter, reached his fifth final at age 26 by sweeping Patrick Healey Jr., who had ousted two notable competitors earlier in the day.

Loschetter, an Ohio native, said his toughest contest was against Riga Kalfas, who "took me all the way and got a bad break in the final game." He plans to take it easy before the final because "when I get real serious, I roll bad."

He will face Parker Bohn III, a 43-year-old left-hander from New Jersey who has captured 30 titles. Bohn reached the television show by defeating Hall of Famer Pete Weber. He won 12 of 14 games during the three rounds yesterday.

"I've been on 30 long enough," said Bohn, who has been in 39 straight events since being a titlist. He has made two finals this season, "and my opponents have been averaging 284. I've been getting crowbarred."

Bel Air's Tim Criss, who qualified 17th, was eliminated in the round of 32 by Kalfas, 248-205, 245-193, 269-211 and 257-172. Criss rolled two consecutive 300 games Thursday.

The PBA point leader entering the tournament, Wes Malott, was taken out by Healey in the round of 16 without winning a game, and the all-time leader in tour titles, Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams, lost to Healey in the previous round.

kent.baker@baltsun.com

Results

Round of 32

Chris Loschetter def. Mike Scroggins; Riga Kalfas def. Tim Criss; Patrick Healey Jr. def. Wes Malott; Chris Hayden def. David Traber; Pete Weber def. Tommy Jones; Parker Bohn III def. Ryan Shafer; Steve Jaros def. Jason Lundquist; Brian Kretzer def. Mike DeVaney; Tommy Delutz Jr. def. Doug Kent; Mike Wolfe def. Michael Fagan; Sean Rash def. Joe Ciccone ; Norm Duke def. Jason Couch; David Tessman def. Billy Oatman; Danny Wiseman def. Brad Angelo; Chris Barnes def. D.J. Archer

Round of 16

Loschetter def. Kalfas; Healey Jr. def. Malott; Weber def. Hayden; Bohn III def. Jaros; Delutz def. Kretzer; Rash def. Wolfe; Duke def. Tessman; Wiseman def. Barnes.

Round of 8

Loschetter def. Healey Jr.; Bohn III def. Weber; Rash def. Delutz Jr;. Wiseman def. Duke

Semifinals

Tomorrow, 1 p.m. Loschetter vs. Bohn III; Rash vs. Wiseman.

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