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Harvischak rallies for third title in Warren Challenge

Submitted photo Warren Challenge winner Robert Harvischak, left, with tournament director Ted Snyder.

Robert Harvischak capped off a huge comeback, beating Adam Barta, 278-190, in the championship round as he captured the 42nd annual Warren Bowling Challenge on Sunday at Cortland Lanes.

It was the third title for Harvischak, who started Sunday’s eight head-to-head matches with three straight losses.

It was after that third round that Barta, also a former champion and the top scorer in 18 qualifying games over three rounds, took over first place. After beating Harvischak, 211-199, in round seven, Barta held an 83-point edge over the eventual winner.

The format included seven head-to-head matches in a round-robin format with 30 bonus points awarded to the winner of each match.

In the final round, the matchups were 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, 5 vs. 6 and 7 vs. 8.

Harvischak’s comfortable margin in the final round against Barta, coupled with the 30 bonus points, left him atop the scoreboard with a 2028 total. Barta finished at 1993, James Nolen was third at 1890 and Anthony Marcello III was fourth at 1886.

Barta, Nolen and Marcello all were 6-2 in the head-to-head standings, while Harvischak won the title by going 4-4.

Qualifying standings

¯ 1. Adam Barta, 2. James Nolen, 3. Chuck Zarbaugh, 4. Anthony Marcello III, 5. Robert Harvischak, 6. Chad Dager, 7. Bob Haynie, 8. Shawn Skelton.

First round

¯ Marcello def. Harvischak, 253-245; Haynie def. Nolen, 222-161; Barta def. Dager, 215-213; Zarbaugh def. Skelton 237-202.

Second round

¯ Barta def. Skelton, 266-190; Zarbaugh def. Dager 269-204; Marcello def. Haynie, 193-175; Nolen def. Harvischak, 237-191.

Third round

¯ Dager def. Haynie, 257-247; Skelton def. Harvischak, 244-238; Nolen def. Zarbaugh, 232-185; Barta def. Marcello, 268-237.

Fourth round

¯ Barta def. Nolen, 247-164; Marcello def. Zarbaugh, 211-199; Harvischak def. Dager, 231-214; Haynie def. Skelton, 234-213.

Fifth round

¯ Harvischak def. Zarbaugh, 247-198; Haynie def. Barta, 231-179; Nolen def. Skelton, 211-185; Marcello def. Dager, 213-210.

Sixth round

¯ Nolen def. Marcello, 215-203; Dager def. Skelton, 244-195; Harvischak def. Haynie, 279-241; Barta def. Zarbaugh, 237-224.

Seventh round

¯ Haynie def. Zarbaugh, 228-226; Barta def. Harvischak, 211-199; Marcello def. Skelton, 213-182; Nolen def. Dager, 245-174.

Final round

¯ Harvischak def. Barta, 278-190; Marcello def. Haynie, 183-137; Nolen def. Zarbaugh, 245-243; Skelton def. Dager, 201-189.

Final standings

(Includes 30 bonus points for each win)

1. Harvischak (4-4) 2028, 2. Barta (6-2) 1993, 3. Nolen (6-2) 1890, 4. Marcello (6-2) 1886, 5. Zarbaugh (2-6) 1841, 6. Haynie (4-4) 1835, 7. Dager (2-6) 1765, 8. Skelton (2-6) 1672.

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