Aug. 2, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army head coach rifle coach Maj. Ron Wigger was selected as captain of the US International Trophy Team comprised of the top 20 smallbore prone shooters in the country firing against teams from Great Britain, Australia, Canada and South Africa with each competing in their home country. The US International Postal Team compiled a score of 7834 out of 8000 points with the rest of the field finishing up later in the summer.
Wigger watched his former protégé, Chris Abalo, a 2008 graduate and eight-time first team All-American, capture the National Smallbore Prone Individual Championship with a score of 4792 to edge runner-up Reya Kempley by two points during competition at Camp Perry in Ohio.
It was a bit of a homecoming for Wigger, who was also joined in the individual smallbore prone competition by his father Lones Wigger, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Famer, and former Army rifle coach Lt. Colonel Doug Clark (USAF).
Ron Wigger fired a 4777 to place 17th overall, while his father, Lones, was 26th (4772) and Clark, who coached at Army from 1997-98 to 1999-2000, placed 44th (4762) in a field of 277 competitors that included civilians, service personnel, juniors, intermediate juniors and sub-juniors.
Abalo finished among the top eight competitors on the 20-person US International Postal Team with a 392 to trail medalist Matthew Chezem's winning mark by four points. The team was coached by Carolyn Millard Sparks with Wigger elected the non-shooting team captain.