CT: Perry Warm-Up Day 2 and Grand Agg


Sailors say that a stern chase is a long chase and that applied to the any sight portion of the Bell City Regional.

Ron Wigger, Remington Lyman, and Patti Clark were the top three after metallic sights and with scopes it would be a tough, though not impossible, task to catch them.

Wigger who had swept all of the iron sight matches had his string broken when Claudia Duksa, a Texas Christian University rifle shooter, pulled him up short with her pair of 198s for a 396-23X win in the 100 yard match. Lyman shot an excellent 200-15X on his second card to joun Wigger in splitting the 200 pot. He was also high Expert with a 393-20X. Jeff Henry’s 384-14X was the best Sharpshooter score while Marksman Dave Mulligan posted a 368-10X to win his class. Tom Lando took the unclassified class.

Duksa won the Dewar, but it was Claudia’s Dad Rich whose name was on the top of the list with a 395-20X. Craig Samuelson, a former Connecticut junior who has returned to the sport after a hiatus, was the top Expert. Henry repeated wining his class while Stephen Povroznik and Matt Lusaldi earned Marksman and unclassified honors.

Wigger finally returned to the winner’s circle at 50 yards firing a Reserve National Record tying score of 398-26, with a 200-15X for his final 20 shots, further splitting the 200 pot. Rhode Island’s Joe Graf took the Expert class with a 395-25X.A 384-12X earned Anthony Cuozzo first Sharpshooter. Provroznik repeated as top Marksman as did Lusaldi in Unclassfied.

Regional awards went to gold medalist Wigger, 2362-133X, the silver medallion winner was Lyman, 2351-111X, and with Clark taking the bronze with a 2320-72X. Expert class honors went to Xs with Jay Sonneborn, Jr.’s 2313-101 besting Graf’s 2313-90X.

Josie Burzynski-Smith shot six solid scores to earn her the sharpshooter title while Mulligan emerged the Marksman winner. Lando was the high unclassified shooter.

Rich Duksa was the high senior and Cuozzo was high junior.

The team match, a modified reverse Dewar, was won by the Bell City Bell Ringers, Clark, Greg Tomsen, and Jeff Doerschler. The special award went to Couzzo, Lisaldi, and Lando. Sonneborn Cubed, Grandpa Jay, Son, Jay, Jr., and grandson Chris, won the anchorman award. Quaker Hill’s Joe Smith won the 50/50 raffle.

The match was ably directed by Nicole Panko with the assistance of the two Anthonys: Tony the scorer and Couzzo, Sr. the line officer. Targets were run by Ryan Smith and Steve Proroznik.

The competitors returned home with most cleaning gear and then packing it back up for the trip to Camp Perry a little more than a week away.

For a summary of Day 1, see this article.

About Digby Hand

The six foot two inch tall Digby Hand was a well known rifleman of his time, made famous in the book The Old China Hands, by Charles Finney. As a corporal in E Company of the United States 15th Infantry Regiment in China stationed in the late 1920s Hand was renowned for his skill with the Springfield rifle. Hand, a native of Arkansas, joined the 15th because his grandfather, who rode with Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry, fought against the 15th at Battle of Shiloh and said that ‘There haint but one Yankee outfit in this whole world I’d let my grandson jine with, and that’s teh15th Infantry.’ His name and spirit of excellence in marksmanship is kept alive by the Corporal Digby Hand Schützenverein.
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