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In his thirty-four years of bowling, Muscatine native Matt Weggen has always tried his hardest and worked tirelessly to improve. However, he never expected to make it into the Iowa State United States Bowling Conference (USBC) Hall of Fame. “When I first found out in November, it was one of those things [I] never expected. [I] set goals . . . but I never expected to be recognized by the state,” recalls Weggen. However, his impressive record spoke for itself and earned him a place alongside Iowa’s other bowling greats. On Saturday, March 16th, Weggen became the Iowa State USBC Hall of Fame’s newest inductee in the Bowling Skill category and its youngest member to date.
Weggen first started bowling at the age of five, when his aunt, a youth bowling coach at the time, encouraged him to try it. Over the years, Weggen found he had a knack for the sport. By the age of ten, Weggen bowled three scholarship tournaments a month and earned himself a regional reputation as a bowler to reckon with and enough money to completely pay his college expenses.
Continuing to bowl into adulthood, Weggen’s fame and skill kept on growing, leading to many impressive accomplishments. In 2011, he won two titles at the ISBC National Tournament in Reno, Nevada, something no other Muscatine Bowler has accomplished (his friends and mentors Mike Berlin and Larry Roberson have each earned one). During that competition, he also rolled back to back 800 series, making him the first person to do so at that level. In addition to these achievements, Weggen has won numerous state tournaments and other competitions, bowled fifty-five 300 games and 800 series, and earned his spot in both the Muscatine and Tri City Classic League Halls of Fame.
While Weggen appreciates all the honors he has received over the years and strives to continue to bowl at a high level, he considers his greatest achievements the friendships he has formed with other bowlers. “The thing I’m most proud of is all the friendships I’ve made in thirty plus years of bowling. Weggen relished that many of the people he bowled against as far back as in high school have remained his close friends, and that twenty three of his best bowling friends turned out to his Iowa State USBC Hall of Fame induction ceremony to celebrate his induction.
As Weggen looks back over his career and what helped him become successful, he encourages other up and coming bowlers to develop their own style, but also to seek advice from more experienced bowlers. Weggen elaborated, “I never was shy about going up to [my mentors] and saying, ‘I’m having trouble, what can I do better?” From these conversations, Weggen learned how to incorporate what he learned from other bowlers into his own style, generating the success he has enjoyed throughout his whole career.
The most recent of the eleven Muscatine bowlers to make it into the Iowa State USBC Hall of Fame, Weggen certainly has a lot to feel proud of. With as decorated a career as his, he also offers a lot of inspiration to other Muscatine bowlers looking to leave their mark on history.

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