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Ciminelli, Dolan take Obenauer matches

Top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga and defending champion Tony Dolan posted victories in the opening round of match play at the George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Airport Lanes Thursday.

Ciminelli, of Cheektowaga, had a close call but defeated Mike Mallwitz of Grand Island, 671-668. West Seneca’s Dolan beat Gary Kinyon of Lockport, 653-580.

Ciminelli will face Mike Firzak of Amherst in a winners bracket match Friday, while Dolan will take on Joe Burgio of Tonawanda.

No. 2 qualifier John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda beat Ken Gawel of Orchard Park, 663-591. Szczerbinski will next face Eden’s Andrew Herbert.

Winners Bracket matches will be at 6:30 p.m.