Jesper Svensson ends 25th European Youth Championships with victory in Boys Masters


    2012 EYC

    Swede sweeps Germany's Buchmann in the title match, two-games-to-none

    2012EYCLogo.jpg In a title match between the No. 14 and No. 17 seed, Jesper Svensson of Sweden defeated Dominic Buchmann of Germany, two-games-to-none to claim the title in Boys Masters in the final event of the 25th European Youth Championships in Aalborg, Denmark.

    Svensson, who was 14th in All Events to make it into the Masters match play round, averaged over 232 in eight games to sweep his four opponents on his way to the title match.

    Buchmann, who ousted Svensson's team mate, All Events champion and No. 1 seed, Filip Wilhelmsson, in the quarterfinal, opened four times in the first five frames to give Svensson a 36-pin lead despite an open frame by the Swede in the second frame.

    In the second half of the game, Buchmann struck in all but the eighth frame to force Svensson to mark in his last frame. The Swede delivered three strikes to take a 1-0 lead, 207-177.

    The German started out the second game commandingly, by connecting for the first three strikes, but the match was far from over. Svensson, who started with a strike and four spares, struck in frames 6 and 7 to narrow the gap to 21 pins after five frames.

    After Svensson left the "big four" (4-6-7-10 split) in his eighth frame, Buchmann needed to mark in his last four frames to force a deciding third game. However, the German lost some pins when with two six-counts in the seventh and eighth frame. He spared the bucket and the 3-6-9-10 combination - then disaster struck. First a five-count on his first ball in the ninth frame which resulted in an open, then another open in the tenth frame for 186 which let Svensson back into the game.

    Working on a strike, the Swede needed 9-spare-9 to win the game and the match by one pin. The Swede left a seven pin on his first shot, spared and struck on his fill ball for 188 to wrap up the title.

    Buchmann had to settle for the silver medal while Jord van Weeren, Netherlands, and Nicola Pongolini, Italy, who lost in the semifinals, shared the bronze medals.

    Thanks to Svensson's gold medal in Masters, Swede led the medal tally in the boys division winning two gold and three bronze medals. Norway was second with 1 gold and two silver with the Netherlands (1 gold, two silver) in third place and Finland (one gold) fourth.

    The host country Denmark bagged one silver and one bronze medal. Russia and Germany got one silver medal each while Greece, Czech Republic and Italy walk away with one bronze medal each.

    The 25th European Youth Championships were held from March 31 through April 9, 2012 at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

    The EYC 2012 was divided in two divisions - boys and girls. Each team consisted of maximum four male and four female players, who must not have reached the age of 19 before August 31st, 2012.

    The players competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Teams, Singles, All Events (18 games) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games). Competition started on Monday, April 2 with the Boys Doubles and ended on Easter Sunday, April 8, with the Boys and Girls Masters match play.


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