COLUMBUS — A pin here, a pin there.
Eventually they piled up.
After a strong start, the Wapakoneta Redskins faltered and finished seventh at the state boys bowling tournament Friday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
The Coldwater Cavaliers, who Wapak edged in last week’s district tournament and in the regular season standings, knocked off Springfield Kenton Ridge for the state title.
Redskins sophomore Austin Krites had a strong day, finishing third individually with games of 215, 234 and 219 (668 total). Senior Anthony Kennard was seventh with a 656 (216, 248, 192).
Wapak powered its way through the qualifying rounds to enter the finals as the fourth seed.
After three regular games and three baker games, the Redskins were just five pins behind third-seeded Coldwater and 63 behind second-seeded Troy, the defending state champions.
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Wapak drew no. 5 seed Mentor in the opening round of the eight-team championship round.
The Redskins won the first game 228-210. But they didn’t fare so well the next two games as Mentor posted wins of 204-179 and 214-170. Wapak bounced back with a 191-186 win in the fourth game before Mentor clinched it in the fifth with a 211-202 win.
Mentor fell to eventual state runner-up Kenton Ridge in the semifinals and finished third.
Austintown-Finch was fourth, followed by Beavercreek, Troy, Wapak and Plain City Jonathan Alder.