Shooting Sports USA | Collegiate Rifle: No. 1 WVU Defeats No. 10 Akron

No. 1-ranked West Virginia College opened the 2021 collegiate rifle season with a victory towards the College of Akron on Saturday, Jan. 16 with a ultimate rating of 4715-4665. The match was held contained in the Robert A. Pinn Taking pictures Vary on the Akron campus in Akron, Ohio. WVU is now 19-0 all-time towards Akron.


Akron and WVU rifle shooters on the firing line for a kneeling string.

WVU is without doubt one of the colleges that was compelled to cancel all sports activities final semester, therefore the delay for the rifle group. Nonetheless, this didn’t cease WVU from taking down Akron in each disciplines, with the air rifle ultimate rating at 2382-2358 and smallbore 2333-2307.

There have been a minimum of seven WVU shooters that completed within the prime 10 within the mixed air rifle and smallbore particular person rankings—freshman Molly McGhin (1180), sophomore Calista Smoyer (1178), junior Jared Eddy (1177), freshman Becca Lamb (1177), junior Verena Zaisberger (1174), senior Sarah Osborn (1172) and freshman Tal Engler (1167).

Akron rifle vs. WVU rifle


For WVU, three completely different freshman led the group in air rifle, smallbore and mixed.

For Akron, prime shooters within the mixed particular person rankings have been freshman Samantha Shultz (1177), senior Wyatt Openshaw (1172) and freshman Gavin Perkowski (1169).

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Within the air rifle particular person standings, WVU rifle freshman Matt Sanchez had the excessive rating with 598. Akron’s Samantha Shultz positioned fourth with 595.

On the smallbore facet for particular person standings, WVU’s Tal Engler was on the prime of the rankings with 586. As soon as once more, Samantha Shultz of Akron was the highest particular person for her group with a ultimate rating of 582, good for fifth place.

The WVU rifle group coach for the previous 15 years, Jon Hammond, was pleased with his group after successful the season opener on the street at Akron.

“I am happy with the efficiency of the group right this moment. For many of our athletes, it was a brand new vary to shoot on and for everybody, the primary faculty match for a very long time. There have been a whole lot of positives and inspiring performances.”
—WVU Rifle Group Head Coach Jon Hammond

View the complete NCAA scorecard for the match.

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On Saturday, Jan. 23 the Akron rifle group will face the U.S. Navy Academy in Palmyra, Pa. As for WVU, on Saturday, Jan. 23 the rifle group can have its residence opener towards No. 13 Ohio State on the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. For the newest updates, remember to subscribe to the free SSUSA Insider e-newsletter.

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All photographs by Newt Engle, head coach of the Univ. of Akron rifle group. Particular thanks for his assist with this collegiate rifle replace.


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