Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence won twice more in match play Saturday before he was eliminated in the United States Bowling Congress Masters Tournament at the Oncenter in Syracuse.
The 31-year-old left-hander was one of 16 bowlers who entered Saturday unbeaten after he bowled 60 clean frames in defeating defending champion Jason Belmonte and Wes Malott on Friday. Saturday, he defeated Kyle Cook of Centerville, Ohio, 611-588, then lost to Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., 657-623.
In the elimination bracket, Ciminelli topped Jimmy Cook of Indianapolis, 637-591, before bowing out with a 672-585 loss to Andrew Suscreba, a former William Paterson collegiate star from Clifton, N.J.
Anderson, who had the top five-game round (1,176) in qualifying on Wednesday, defeated Alexander Hoskins of Brigham City, Utah, for the No. 1 spot in Sunday’s stepladder finals (ESPN, 1 p.m.). Hoskins will be the No. 2 seed.
The other finalists are: No. 3 Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pa., No. 4 amateur Steve Kloempken of Pleasant View, Utah and No. 5 Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla. Suscreba was eliminated in the four-bowler eliminator round for the last three stepladder slots.
Belmonte was eliminated in his first match on Saturday by Tim Pfeiffer, an amateur from Oak Dale, Pa., 766-676, after surviving two elimination matches on Friday. Top qualifier Stuart Williams was eliminated by Hoskins and Ryan Lalisang of Indonesian after winning four straight matches.