NJOSC: Muegge is Solid Gold

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 7, 2011)

The National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) Men’s 10m Air Rifle final was a heated battle to the final shot. Samuel Muegge (Boling, Texas), a freshman at Jacksonville State, entered his first air rifle final ever and walked away a champion. Muegge fired 1180 match points to lead by two-points headed into the final. With an even 100 points in the final, Muegge fended off Michael Matthews (Atlanta, Ga.) by just two-tenths of a point with 1280 total points. With just one shot left, Matthews and Muegge were just a breath away, especially since Matthews had been shooting deep-tens. Matthews, a freshman at the United States Military Academy, narrowly missed Muegge with a 9.7 final shot. He finished with 1279.8 total points (1178 + 101.8). Matthews and bronze medalist Max Burkhardt (Denver, Colo.) both shot a final of 101.8 points. Burkhardt, a senior at Denver East High School, had a strong showing with 1274.8 total points (1173 + 101.8). Assistant National Rifle Coach Marcus Raab awarded both Muegge and Matthews spots on the National Junior Rifle Team for their outstanding performances.

Tyler Rico (Tucson, Ariz.) won the J2 category with 1165 total points. Rico finished eighth overall with 100.1 points in the final for 1265.1 total points. The silver medalist was Soren Butler (Casselton, N.D.) with 1161 total points. He was followed by Tim Sherry (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) with 1157 points.

In the J3 category, the gold medalist was Jason Spaude of Saginaw, Mich., with 1133 points. William Anti of Colorado Springs finished second with 1128 points. Finally, Andrew Dudley (Lyons, Ore.) finished with 1092 points for the bronze medal.

For complete results, please visit the Match Results Page. Men’s rifle competition continues tomorrow with relays in Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position. Finals will be held Sunday, April 10 at 4:30PM MST.