Rifle Team Wins Fourth-Straight Star Match

Richard Calvin earned medalist honors in air rifle

Richard Calvin earned medalist honors in air rifle

Feb. 2, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. -- - Juniors Michael Matthews and Richard Calvin earned medalist honors in smallbore and air rifle, respectively, as Army outshot service-academy rival Navy, 5822-5755, Saturday afternoon at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center. The victory marked the Black Knights' fourth-straight "Star" match win over the Midshipmen.

In addition to winning the five-man scoring used in a service-academy match, the No. 5-ranked Black Knights (7-3) defeated the No. 15 Midshipmen (3-3) 4663-4620 in the NCAA four-man format in posting their third highest mark of the season. and second best mark in air rifle (2352).

It is the second straight weekend that Matthews captured medalist honors in smallbore (581) and sixth time this season after outpointing his nearest rivals in teammates Joseph Todaro and Calvin, who scored 578s, to lead an Army sweep of the top three places. Senior team captain William Mengon shared fourth place with Navy's Jodi Cull-Host with 574s.

Calvin's 591 in air rifle edged teammate Zachary Wells by a point to earn first-place honors for the second time this season. It is the third straight meet Calvin has scored in the 590 range and sixth time this season. Wells' 590 tied his career high that he set last year.

Jacob Costa (572) rounded out Army's five-man smallbore unit, made up of Matthews, Todaro, Calvin and Mengon, that outpointed Navy 2883-2850. Calvin, Matthews, and Todaro were also members on the air rifle team, along with freshman Alyssa Gestl (582) and Wells, which defeated Navy 2939-2905, in sweeping both disciplines. Army's four-man s2352 score in that discipline is the second highest of the season, trailing the record-tying mark of 2357 set last week.

"I mixed up the team format today to decide the top five for both teams," stated 13-year mentor Ron Wigger. "In training, Zach (Wells) has shown that he has the ability to shoot a high number in air rifle, and I put him on the team today to give him his shot to do well in the team format.

"This is a milestone for the program in my tenure at West Point. I now have a record over .500 against Navy (7-6), and that is after starting off 0-5. That should tell you that we have dominated Navy since 2006. We are 7-1 against them in the last eight years. We completely turned the tide after losing the first five years.

"I feel that is a great credit to the cadets and teams we have had in the past. This is my first class to have beaten Navy all four years."

Army returns to action next week when it visits Nebraska in closing out its Great America Rifle Conference match. The Black Knights are 3-2 in the GARC.

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