All is Wells in NJOSC Men’s Sport Pistol Final

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 5, 2013)

Disappointment followed Robert Wells (Pontotoc, Miss.) for all of 24 hours before he erased a sub-par performance in Men’s 10m Air Pistol with a great showing Friday in the Men’s Sport Pistol Final of the 2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Robert WellsA disciple of USA Shooting’s Progressive-Position Pistol (PPP) Championships where he finished second last year and 4-H National Champion in 2011, Wells excelled in the event final with a 203.8 and earned a National Team jacket in his first and only trip to NJOSC.  His finals score was 5.9 points better than any of the other seven finalists which featured National Junior Team members Tony Chung (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Brian Kim (Los Angeles, Calif.).  Chung, a 14-year-old competitor who finished second in 2012, would falter in the final only shooting a 186.0 to drop to third overall while Kim came into the final well back in seventh position, some 15 points off the top qualifying position.  Kim would rally in the final to post the second-best score and move up to fifth.  Qualifying leader Glenn Zimmerman (Waterville, Ohio) would finish second and will also earn a position on USA Shooting’s National Junior Team.

“I knew I was behind a point (going into the finals) and I knew the guy leading,” Wells said.  “It’s my last year in juniors and everyone here is world-class shooters so I had to be on. The guys here are really good and I love being in the heat of competition.”

High J2 (15-17 year-olds) finisher was Anthony McCollum (Purdin, Mo.), who finished seventh overall, while 13-year-old Logan Spencer (Palmer, Alaska) earned top scores in the J3 (14-under) category. 

Women’s Sport will bring to a close action in the pistol discipline of the 2013 NJOSC with the women’s final set for Saturday afternoon. 

Qualifying for the National competition begins at the state level as State Junior Olympic Championships included competition in 47 states utilizing 80 different USA Shooting clubs. The 2013 competition consisted of over 2,200 individual participants in rifle and pistol events. State champions and those who qualify via high scores are invited to Colorado Springs to compete in the NJSOC.

The competition takes place over a three-week period with over 500 of the finest junior shooters in attendance. The top-two finishers in each event earn a spot on USA Shooting’s National Junior Team.  The 17-day event features shooting matches in Men’s & Women’s Pistol (Air/Sport) and Rifle (Air/Smallbore).

More information can also be found on the USA Shooting website by clicking on the ‘National Junior Olympic Program’ link located under the ‘Events’ tab. Follow along also using the Twitter Hashtag #NJOSC or via the USA Shooting’s Facebook page.  For scores, please visit USA Shooting’s match results page following each competition.

Men’s 25m Sport Pistol Finalists

Name (Hometown)                                    Finals              Overall

  1. Robert Wells (Pontotoc, Miss.)                    203.8                     759.8
  2. Glenn Zimmerman (Waterville, Ohio)     194.7                     751.7
  3. Tony Chung (Diamond Bar, Calif.)             186.0                     742.0
  4. Andrew Weese (Kaysville, Utah)                 196.3                     741.3
  5. Brian Kim (Los Angeles, Calif.)                    197.9                     739.9
  6. Caleb Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.)           191.3                     735.3
  7. Anthony McCollum (Purdin, Mo.)              191.9                     730.9 
  8. Kevin Chen (Belmont, Mass.)                        181.5                     726.5 
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