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November 3, 2008

PRO BOWLING: Lockport’s Angelo wins first PBA title

Brad Angelo’s seven-year date with destiny came in the Cornhusker state on Sunday.

The former Team USA bowler and son of local Hall-of-Fame kegler Nin Angelo captured his first professional Bowler’s Association Tour championship at the Pepsi Viper Championship at Thunder in Omaha — the second stop of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.

“There was a time that I felt there was a monkey on my back and it grew into a gorilla, then it was more like King Kong and I felt like the Empire State Building,” said Angelo, who recorded clutch strikes in the sixth through 11th frames in his title match against No. 1 seed Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, to win 256-215, earning $25,000.

Both Angelo and Stefanie Nation each captured their first career PBA title at the tournament. Angelo had appeared in 13 previous PBA televised finals without garnering a title.

Arriving back at his Lockport home from Omaha on Monday, Angelo said he’s been deluged by calls from fellow PBA professionals, friends, family and others.

“It’s been non-stop, to be honest,” said Angelo, the son of Nin and Nancy Angelo of Newfane and son-in-law of “Gramma Jody.” Brad and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Dylan, 7; and Brielle, 5. gramma Jody...

“I can’t believe the amount of support I’ve received,”he added.

Added his mother, “It’s awesome. It was short and sweet, but it was awesome.” Brad has two brothers living in Rochester, local natives Mark Angelo and Paul Angelo.

Angelo, the PBA’s 2002-03 Rookie of the Year, is sponsored by Brunswick, which supplies the 46, 15-pound bowling balls he uses, drilling two-to-three per week.

“I have a big endorsement deal with Brunswick. They supply me with equipment and I’m on their staff,” Angelo said.

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