June 11, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Head rifle coach Ron Wigger, who led Army to a fourth place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships in March, released his schedule for the upcoming 2012-13 season that has the Black Knights competing in 10 dual matches.
Army opens its 87th year as varsity sport hosting NCAA participant and three-time defending Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) champion West Virginia at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center on Oct. 7. The Black Knights are home the following week to face conference rival Memphis (Oct. 15) for their lone two home matches during the fall.
The squad takes to the road starting with a trip to Lexington, Ky., for a pair of matches the weekend of Oct. 20-21. Army faces Murray State at UK's Barker Hall on Oct. 20 and host Kentucky, runner-up at the NCAA Championships, the next day (Oct. 21). The Wildcats edged the Black Knights for the national title in smallbore 2328-2325.
Army puts the finishing touches on its fall slate with a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., the weekend of Nov. 3-4 for the annual President's Trophy Match being hosted by Air Force. The Black Knights will battle Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard Academy in their quest for their fourth straight title and seventh in the last eight years.
The Black Knights are idle for exams and the holidays before returning to action Jan. 12 for a pair of matches down south when they visit The Citadel for a triangular match that includes conference rival North Carolina State.
Army, hosting four of seven dual matches during the winter portion of its schedule, closes out January entertaining Ohio State (Jan. 19) and GARC rival Ole Miss (Jan. 27), and ushers in February hosting arch-rival Navy (Feb. 2). Army is home to the University of Sciences in its NCAA Qualifier and season finale. In between, Army will compete at the NRA Sectionals (Jan. 25), hosted by USP in Philadelphia, Pa., (Jan. 24), along with visiting Nebraska (Feb. 9) in closing out its GARC regular-season slate.
Following the NCAA Qualifier where Army looks to secure its 10th straight berth, the Black Knights head to the GARC Championships (Feb. 23-24) hosted by Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. Army captured the smallbore title en route to tying for fourth place at last year's GARC Tournament. West Virginia and Kentucky finished first and second, respectively, and competed with Army at the NCAA Tournament. The GARC trio placed among the top six in the eight-team field at the NCAAs with Kentucky garnering runner-up honors, Army placing fourth and West Virginia finishing sixth.
2012-13 Army Rifle Schedule