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Dolan rebounds at Obie, Ciminelli top qualifier

Tony Dolan of West Seneca still has a chance at defending his title.

Last year’s George A. Obenauer Masters champion rebounded from a poor start with a four-game set of 883 Wednesday night to finish with a two-day qualifying total of 1,586 – good for 27th place.

The top 32 advance to Thursday night’s match play at AMF Airport Lanes.

The 39-year-old Dolan’s 883 was the third-highest set a day after five bowled 910 or better.

Ryan Ciminelli, who began the day in second place, is the top qualifier as the PBA Tour pro from Cheektowaga followed up a 935 opening series with an 874 four-game block for a two-day total of 1,809. Day one leader John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda followed up a 948 with an 835 Wednesday for a pinfall of 1,783.

Match play begins at 6 p.m. Thursday with the first of two winner’s bracket shifts. The second follows at 7:45 p.m. with an elimination bracket shift to follow.