Army Fires Season High In Loss To West Virginia

Team captain Joseph Todaro

Team captain Joseph Todaro

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Oct. 26, 2013

West Virginia, Va. - Defending NCAA champion West Virginia outpointed Army 4695-4669 in a Great America Rifle Conference match Saturday at the WVU Rifle Range. The No. 5 Mountaineers' (3-0, 2-0 GARC) and the No. 12 Black Knights' (2-2, 1-2 GARC) aggregate score, as well as their air rifle and smallbore marks, were season highs.

The Black Knights recorded a 2325 mark in smallbore and 2344 score in air rifle, shattering previous highs by 21 and eight points, respectively, while besting their aggregate score by 29 points.

"It seems that whenever we compete against West Virginia, both teams have their best performance," noted Army coach Ron Wigger. "In addition to setting team highs, we also had personal best from several members of the squad.

"West's Virginia 4695 is the highest in the country, and our score of 4669 is the fifth highest."

West Virginia swept medalist honors in both disciplines, with Army team captain Joseph Todaro finishing runner-up in smallbore (585) after tying his career high. Three Black Knights, seniors Michael Matthews and Richard Calvin and sophomore Olivia Nardone, tied for fourth place in air rifle with identical 587s. Nardone, competing individually, set a personal best in air rifle, shattering her former high by two points.

Freshman Marvin Lewis rounded out Army's four-man firing unit in air rifle with a 583. Joining Todaro on Army's firing unit in smallbore were Matthews (583), freshman Allen Solida (581) and sophomore Alyssa Gestl (576). Solida set a season high in smallbore after shattering his previous mark by 11 points, while equaling his 572 in air rifle competing individually.

Freshman Danielle Cuomo, one of three newcomers making the trip, turned in season bests in smallbore (578) and air rifle (581).

The Black Knights leave the dual match circuit next week when they travel to Annapolis, Md., to participate in the President's Trophy Match in joining host Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Army is looking to reclaim the title after having its three-year reign snapped by Air Force last year

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