December 7, 2006 19:00
Competing at home was just the boost Danny Wiseman needed. The 11-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist advanced to the finals of the 2006 Beltway Classic in front of a hometown crowd at AMF Country Club Lanes.
The Baltimore native advanced after taking all seven games to defeat Norm Duke in the best-of-seven Round of 8 to make his first TV finals since the 2004-05 Denny’s PBA Tour season. Prior to that, Wiseman defeated both Chris Barnes (Flower Mound, Texas) and Brad Angelo (Lockport, N.Y.), by identical scores of 4-2.
“I’ve had some really bad luck the last couple of weeks,” said Wiseman, who is looking for his first title since the 2004 Masters. “With all the things that have been going on the last couple of weeks and last year, there was added pressure. I knew that if I was going to do it, I better do it here.”
Wiseman, who won his first career title in Baltimore in 1990, is making his third TV appearance in his hometown.
Wiseman will face Sean Rash (Wichita, Kan.), who is seeking his second Denny’s PBA Tour title in only his second TV appearance. Rash won his first career title in the 2006 West Virginia Championship in Parkersburg, W. Va.
The second semifinal will feature Chris Loschetter (Avon, Ohio) taking on Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.). Loschetter began the day as the No. 32 seed in the Round of 32, but five games later he knocked off top-seeded Mike Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas) in the best-of-seven match.
Loschetter (Avon, Ohio) had a tougher time in the Round of 16, going all seven games with Riga Kalfas (Florence, Ky.) before cruising with a 4-0 sweep of Patrick Healey Jr. (Flower Mound, Texas) in the Round of 8 to advance to Sunday’s finals.
Loschetter will have no easy task getting to the title match as he will have to get by PBA Hall of Famer and 30-time PBA titlist Bohn. Bohn defeated fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber (St. Ann, Mo.), 4-1, to advance to his third ESPN telecast of the season.
The four bowlers advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 1 p.m. EST at AMF Country Club Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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