Rifle Romps To Third Straight Win

Joseph Todaro

Joseph Todaro

Jan. 19, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior Joseph Todaro tied for medalist honors in smallbore and shared second place in air rifle to set the pace as Army's rifle team, ranked No. 5 nationally, swept both disciplines in Saturday's 4648-4602 win over No. 15 Ohio State at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

The Black Knights collected their third straight win in 2013 to improve to 5-2. Army's 2346 mark in air rifle is its second- highest of the season, trailing last week's season-best 2351 recorded in a triangular sweep of The Citadel and North Carolina State.

Army swept both disciplines for the second straight meet after taking the measure of the Buckeyes in smallbore (2302-2275) and air rifle (2346-2327).

Todaro broke his career high in air rifle with a 589, nipping his former mark of 587 set last week, in sharing runner-up honors with classmate Richard Calvin. It is the second straight week that Calvin finished second in that discipline. Todaro and junior Jacob Costa tied for first place in smallbore as both recorded 580s, a career high for Costa and one point off Todaro's personal best.

Joining Todaro on Army's four-man smallbore unit were Calvin (578), junior Michael Matthews (577) and senior captain Will Mengon (567). The Black Knights claimed seven of the top eight spots with Calvin tying for third with Ohio State's Remington Lyman and Matthews placing fifth.

Ohio State's Amanda Luoma edged Todaro and Calvin by a point for medalist honors in air rifle firing a 590, but Army went on to sweep the next five spots and seven of the first nine. Mengon and freshman Alyssa Gestl joined Todaro and Calvin in rounding out the air rifle unit posting identical 584s in tying for fifth place.

Freshman Olivia Nardone authored a career-high 585 in air rifle to place fourth competing individually in shattering her former high of 577 set against West Virginia in the season opener in the fall.

"The team had a strong performance with a few personal bests today," said Army head coach Ron Wigger. "We are showing good progress in air, and now we need to get back to where we were last year in smallbore when we were among the best in the country.

"If we can accomplish that again, then we are a dangerous team because of the improvement in air rifle. That is what we need to work on in smallbore and try to maintain the same level and progress in air rifle. Today we broke 2300 in smallbore, but we are capable of shooting 2320.

"If we perform at the level we are capable of, we are a 4680 plus team and that puts us in the middle on the national scene. We know we have the ability, now it is just a matter of putting it all together."

The Black Knights have a busy slate next weekend starting with a trip to USP in Philadelphia, Pa., on Friday for the NRA Sectionals followed by a home triangular hosting Jacksonville State and Ole Miss, the latter in a Great America Rifle Conference match, on Sunday.

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