Rifle Falls To West Virginia In Season Debut

Senior Chris Malachosky

Senior Chris Malachosky

Oct. 7, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army's rifle team closed out its 2011-2012 season beating perennial powerhouse West Virginia in smallbore at the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) and the NCAA Championships, and hopes of continuing that trend fell short in the 2012-13 season and GARC opener for both at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center Sunday afternoon.

The three-time defending GARC champion Mountaineers, picked third in the preseason CRCA (Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association) poll, swept both the smallbore and air rifle disciplines to defeat the No. 5 Black Knights, 4709-4631.

West Virginia's Petra Zablasing was a medalist in both disciplines. She fired a 592 in air rifle and shared honors in smallbore (591) with teammate Thomas Kyanko. Zablasing, a three-time All-American (twice in air rifle), is the reigning NCAA air rifle champion and GARC Shooter of the Year.

Senior Chris Malachosky fired a personal best 588 air rifle competing individually to finish seventh overall after disrupting West Virginia's sweep of the top six places for Army's top performance in that event. He broke his former mark of 583 set last fall.

Junior Michael Matthews authored Army's highest smallbore score of 588, three points off the winning mark, in placing fourth. His score was just one shy of his career high.

Joining Matthews on Army's four-man smallbore team that compiled a 2303 were Jacob Costa (573), Joseph Todaro (572) and William Mengon (570). Todaro's score was just two off his career high. Matthews was also a member of Army's air rifle team, authoring a 581, that combined for a 2328. West Virginia fired team marks of 2361 in air rifle and 2348 in smallbore.

Rounding out the rest of Army's air rifle unit were juniors Richard Calvin and Zachary Wells firing identical 584s to tie for ninth place with freshman Alyssa Gestl contributing a 579 as a member of the Black Knights' counting unit in her first collegiate meet.

The Black Knights (0-1) will look to rebound on Monday, Oct.15, when they host GARC rival Memphis.

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