LAS VEGAS – It’s one of the most prestigious collegiate bowling tournaments in the nation, and the University of Pikeville men were one of the shining stars, finishing second in the Glenn Carlson Las Vegas Invitational on Sunday at the South Point Bowling Arena.
The invitational has been held for more than 30 years and features the nation’s best programs. The field started with 37 teams before being dwindled down to a bracket round of 16 after Saturday’s qualifying.
UPIKE made the cut as the No. 8 seed and was welcomed with Ohio State in the first round which it beat 3-2, followed by wins over Emmanuel in the round of eight by another 3-2 score and Webber International (Fla.) in the semifinals by a 3-0 shutout.
The run ultimately ended in the finals where the Bears fell 3-1 to Calumet College of St. Joseph’s (Ind.).
Derek Perkins was UPIKE’s leading individual, finishing in 21st place overall with a score of 1,838, good for an average of 204.2 per game. Zach Fylling joined him in the top 40, finishing 40th with 1,751 pins.
The Bears were competing in the Collegiate Shoot-Out in Las Vegas at the Orleans Bowling Center at press time on Tuesday.