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Natasha Roslan, Anthony Simonsen emerge as WYC Masters champions

2016WYCMastersBoysGoldAnthonySimonsen.jpg2016WYCMastersBoysSilverPontusAndersson.jpgJunior Team USA’s Anthony Simonsen and Malaysia’s Natasha Roslan capped an exciting week at the 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships by capturing the Masters gold medals Tuesday at Sun Valley in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States.

Simonsen (left), who made his Junior Team USA debut, collected his third gold medal of the event by defeating all-events gold medalist Pontus Andersson (right) of Sweden, 2-0, in the best-of-three championship match, while Roslan defeated Singapore’s Amabel Chua in the deciding game, 227-187, to win the match, 2-1.

Andersson and Chua earned silver medals for their performances.

Simonsen’s title tilt against Andersson started with each bowler firing five strikes in the first six frames of the opening game. The momentum turned in the seventh frame when Andersson left a 2-8-10 split and was unable to convert, giving Simonsen the edge. He remained clean to take the advantage with a 245-213 win.

In Game 2, Simonsen started strong again with four strikes in the first five frames, while Andersson left another 2-8-10 in the fifth frame to fall behind. An 8-10 split in the eighth frame ended any chance of a comeback for Andersson as Simonsen cruised to a 236-180 win to secure the title, 2-0.

“I think this week will be at the top of the list of memories for a long time,” said Simonsen, who also won gold in doubles with Wesley Low Jr. and helped the United States to a third consecutive win in the team event.

“I didn’t start the week bowling very well in singles, but I was able to get myself together mentally, and a little physically, to have a great week. To go out and win medals for your country, while wearing USA on your back, is a great feeling. This means everything.”

2016WYCMastersBoysBronzeWesleyLow.jpg2016WYCMastersBoysBronzeTunHakim.jpgTo advance to the title match, Simonsen defeated Low (left) in a back-and-forth semifinal, 2-1. Low had the opportunity to double in the 10th frame of the deciding game to return to the title match for the second consecutive World Youth Championships, but he left a 6 pin to lose the game, 224-217. Simonsen won the first game 235-192, and Low won the second 231-224.

Low won the silver medal in Masters at the 2014 World Youth Championships in Hong Kong.

“That match was a rollercoaster,” said Simonsen, the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters champion. “I think Wesley out-bowled me, but sometimes it’s how the pins fall that day. I guess today was my day.”

Andersson earned his spot in the title match by defeating Malaysia’s Tun Hakim (above right), 2-0 (233-161, 221-205). Low and Tun Hasnul Azam earned bronze medals.

2016WYCMastersGirlsGoldNatashaRoslan.jpg2016WYCMastersGirlsSilverAmabelChua.jpgThe girls’ title match saw both Roslan (left) and Chua (right) struggle to get going on the left lane in the opening game, but Roslan prevailed to secure the advantage, 190-158.

The tide turned for both competitors in Game 2 as the strikes began to add up, and Chua extended the match by delivering a double in the 10th to win, 245-236.

The striking continued into the finale, but open frames in the sixth, eighth and ninth frames quickly erased a lead for Chua, earned with a run of four consecutive strikes early in the game. Roslan stayed clean on her way to a 227-187 victory.

2016WYCMastersGirlsBronzeMiraiIshimoto.jpg2016WYCMastersGirlsBronzeGazmineMason.jpg“I’m just so happy,” Roslan said. “This is my last time competing in the World Youth Championships, so this is a great win for me. I just tried to throw good shots and do my best.”

Roslan swept defending Masters champion Mirai Ishimoto (left) of Japan, 2-0 (241-218, 248-221), to advance to the title match, while Chua won her semifinal match against Junior Team USA’s Gazmine Mason (right), 2-0 (196-187, 201-198). Ishimoto and Mason earned bronze medals for their performances.

The United States led the way in the medal count at the 2016 World Youth Championships, collecting six out of 10 gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals for a total of 13 of the 39 handed out at Sun Valley Lanes this week.

2016WYCLogo.jpgThis 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships included more than 200 competitors from 37 countries, competing for medals in five events – singles, doubles, team, all-events and masters.

Bowling fans from around the globe could watch the competition live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV with continued coverage of all qualifying, semifinal and final rounds. To review the live-streaming broadcasts click here.

For complete information on the World Youth Championships, click here.

Photos courtesy of ABF Online.

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From left, Team USA head coach Rod Ross, Wesley Low Jr., Michael Tang, Anthony Simonsen, Kamron Doyle, Gazmine Mason and Coach Kim Terrell-Kearney.

14th WYC Lincoln, Neb. – Medal Tally after five Disciplines (final)

* two bronze medals were given in Girls All-Events

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From top right, counterclockwise: Anthony Simonsen, Pontus Andersson, Wesley Low Jr. and Tun Hakim.

14th WYC – Boys Masters Championship Match

Best-of-three games format; winner gets gold, losers gets silver

14th WYC – Boys Masters Semifinals

Single-elimination, best-of-three games format; losers share the bronze medal

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From top right, counterclockwise: Natasha Roslan, Amabel Chua, Gazmine Mason and Mirai Ishimoto.

14th WYC – Girls Masters Championship Match

Best-of-three games format; winner gets gold, losers gets silver

14th WYC – Girls Masters Semifinals

Single-elimination, best-of-three games format; losers share the bronze medal

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Single-elimination, best-of-three games format

14th WYC – Girls Masters Round of 16

Single-elimination, best-of-three games format

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14th WYC – Girls Masters Round of 24

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