Rio Grande's Nathan Burns reached the Sweet 16 before falling in the ISC nationals. (Photo courtesy of Rio Grande Sports Information)
Rio Grande's Nathan Burns reached the Sweet 16 before falling in the ISC nationals. (Photo courtesy of Rio Grande Sports Information)
University of Rio Grande sophomore Nathan Burns saw his quest for a national championship end Wednesday morning after a loss in the Sweet 16 of the United States Bowling Conference's 2021 Intercollegiate Singles Championship at the Spectrum Entertainment Complex.

Burns, who hails from Lynchburg, Ohio and is a Lynchburg-Clay graduate, lost to second-seeded Pete Vergos of Calumet College of St. Joseph, 653-549.

Burns, the first individual from Rio Grande to ever reach the national event, toppled 1,100 pins over six games on Tuesday morning to qualify for bracket play in the 18th position. Later in the day, he knocked off 15th-seeded Tyler Synovec from Newman University, 547-523, in a 3-game total pin match.?
The match came down to the 10th frame of the third game, with Burns rolling a double to seal victory and earn his spot in the round of 16.

Burns earned his trip to the national tournament by virtue of his fifth-place finish at the ISC Sectional Qualifier in Smyrna, Tenn. on April 16.