Anthony Simonsen, a 19-year-old from Princeton, Texas defeated Ryan Ciminelli in the position round of match play, 236-187, and the loss knocked the Cheektowaga bowler out of the stepladder final of the PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open Sunday at North Point Lanes. Ciminelli opened in his last frames of the match after starting with four strikes. Ciminelli had edged Simonsen, 238-237, in their match before the position round.
Simonsen took the fifth spot in the finals lineup and advanced all the way to the title match where he lost to top qualifier Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., 277-211.
Ciminelli ended up seventh.
Simonsen went on to defeat Bill O'Neill, Tommy JOnes and Jesper Svensson before running into Butturff.
John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda finished 35th to cash ($500). Brad Angelo of Lockport failed to cash, finishing 45th.