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Wolf, the Bear and the Badger — and introduced bowling fans to a pair of fi rst- time winners. For former Wichita State bowler Jake

Peters, a 245-212 win over former Shock- ers teammate Josh Blanchard in the fi nal of the Lucas Oil Badger Open helped him realize “the one moment I’ve practiced for forever.” The 24-year-old rolled 16 strikes over the course of the fi nal two matches. While Peters was hoisting a trophy in just his second year on the PBA Tour, Chris Loschetter, a 10-year Tour veteran, was still waiting for his fi rst PBA title. A decade of frustration fi nally came to an end for the 33-year-old Ohio native when he de- feated Bill O’Neill, 264-231, in the fi nal of the Lucas Oil Wolf Open. Prior to his Wolf Open win, the highlight on Loschetter’s PBA Tour resume was four second-place fi nishes. The highly touted University of Nebraska bowling star admitted tell- ing himself midway through his match against O’Neill, “You’ve got to do it, or you’ve got to quit. “For me, the hardest part was having the same goal for so long,” said an exas- perated Loschetter after the weight of the wait had been lifted. The fi nal Swing animal pattern, the

Bear, featured Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte and Chris Barnes in the title match. After opening frames that saw both bowlers scrambling for the right look, Belmonte rattled off seven consec- utive strikes to overtake Barnes, 235-211. The win marked Belmo’s seventh career PBA title, and his second of the 2012-13

season (having won the USBC Masters). The titles and a pair of second-place fi n- ishes have Belmonte in the thick of the Player of the Year race for the second straight year. Barnes exacted a measure of revenge

in the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open, whose fi eld consisted of the top overall per- formers from the three animal pattern events. Perhaps the most entertaining of the Swing events, the Milwaukee Open featured a classic Pete Weber vs. Norm Duke match, with the winner to face Barnes in the fi nal. Despite being tied for third place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list (37), and having bowled on the Tour for 30 years, the Milwaukee Open marked just the fourth time Duke and Weber faced off on television. Duke evened the pair’s record at 2-2 by edging Weber, 225-217. In the fi nal, however, it was Barnes who

won a nip-and-tuck battle, 246-237, when Duke left a solid 10 pin on his second shot in the 10th frame. Naturally, for the third consecutive

tournament, the previous event’s run- ner-up ascended to the title when Duke turned the tables on Barnes in the King of the Swing. The special tournament was a stepladder event featuring the winners of the Bear, Wolf, Badger and Milwaukee Open, and the highest title- less point-earner during those contests (Duke). Undaunted, Duke rolled through the four title-holders and capped his 222- 213 win over Barnes in the fi nale with four strikes.


LUCAS OIL BEAR OPEN Final Standings: 1. Jason Belmonte, Australia, $8,000. 2. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $5,000. 3. Dan MacLelland, Canada, $4,000. 4. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, $3,000. 5. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, $2,000. Stepladder Results: Match One: MacLelland def. Hess, 197-169. Match Two: MacLelland def. Loschetter, 223-200. Semifi nal Match: Barnes def. MacLelland, 214-187. Championship: Belmonte def. Barnes, 235-211.

LUCAS OIL BADGER OPEN Final Standings: 1) Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., $8,000. 2) Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., $5,000. 3) Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., $4,000* 4) Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $3,000. 5) Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., $2,000. Stepladder Results: Match One: Haugen def. Pilon, 224-180. Match Two: Lorincz def. Haugen, 215-170. Semifi nal Match: Peters def. Lorincz, 265-174. Championship : Peters def. Blanchard, 245-212. * denotes amateur

LUCAS OIL WOLF OPEN Final Standings: 1. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, $8,000. 2. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $5,000. 3. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $4,000. 4. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $3,000. 5. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $2,000. Stepladder Results: Match One: O’Neill def. Weber, 222-221. Match Two: O’Neill def. Tackett, 234-204. Semifi nal Match: O’Neill def. Duke, 233-206. Championship: Loschetter def. O’Neill, 264-231.

LUCAS OIL MILWAUKEE OPEN Final Standings: 1. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $15,000. 2. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $8,000. 3. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $7,000. 4. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, $6,000. 5. Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., $5,000. Stepladder Results: Match One: Fagan def. Sterner, 198-182. Match Two: Duke def. Fagan, 238-194. Semifi nal Match: Duke def. Weber, 225-217. Championship: Barnes def. Duke, 246-237.

GEICO PBA KING OF THE SWING (non-title special event) Final Standings: 1. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $10,000. 2. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $6,000. 3. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, $4,000. 4. Jason Belmonte, Australia, $3,000. 5. Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., $2,000. Stepladder Results: Match One: Duke def. Peters, 220-190. Match Two: Duke def. Belmonte, 258-226. Semifi nal Match: Duke def. Loschetter, 207-205. Championship: Duke def. Barnes, 222-213.

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