CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Starting off the highly anticipated return of the National Matches at Camp Perry with a collection of impressive achievements, SSG Carl Clegg, 35, of the Army Marksmanship Unit, gave consistent notable performances to lead overall during the Any Sight portion of the challenging Pistol 2700 Aggregate event. Clegg tallied a total score of 2648-114X in the match.
The 2021 National Pistol Matches were fired July 12 through July 18 on the grounds of the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio. Over 3,700 entries were seen throughout the annual event, which featured competitions never before held on the pistol series schedule – including numerous aggregate opportunities.
Conditions throughout the National Pistol Matches were what was expected by those familiar with the unstable environment often found at Camp Perry. Gusty winds and bouts of precipitation greeted competitors on the firing lines, with sunshine and heat also making appearances through the week.
“This is Perry – it’s what you train for. You have to expect it,” said Jonathan Shue, 40, of Liberty, North Carolina.
Shue landed only four points behind Clegg for second overall in the Any Sight event and is a past winner of some of the most honorable events of the National Matches. He found several successes at the 2021 event, like earning High Civilian of the Pistol 2700 Aggregate, leading the Civilian class of the Center Fire 900 Aggregate and helping to claim multiple team competitions.
Shue had recently taken time off from competition, shooting his first match in over a year in early 2021. As if no time had passed at all, he jumped back onto the ranges at Camp Perry and produced a number of commendable showings.
“It was a good solid performance over the week. I didn’t do anything great, I didn’t do anything stupid,” he joked.
In addition to success within CMP events, Shue was also the High Aggregate winner of the inaugural Triple Crown Match, led by the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association. The match was held over three Ohio-based venues: The Cardinal Center in Marengo, the Canton McKinley Rifle Club in Canton and Camp Perry in Port Clinton.
For accumulating his score of 7944-425X, Shue received a prize of $2,250 and the Pardini Trophy. Various individual awards were also presented, including High Senior, High Junior and High Woman, among others. View the entire list of Triple Crown winners on the Cardinal Center website (https://www.thecardinalcenter.com/shooting-center) or the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association website (http://www.orpa.net/).
Along with the Any Sight category of the National Matches Pistol 2700 Aggregate, Metallic Sight and .22 Rimfire competitions were conducted. Leading the Metallic Sight was SFC David Paquette, 33, of Crewe, Virginia, who compiled an overall score of 2551-88X, while Mark Nicholson, 60, of Tomball, Texas, fronted the .22 Rimfire competition with a score of 2560-70X.
Additional category titles were presented to leading competitors of the match, including the High Senior, High Law Enforcement and High Civilian.
Other aggregate events held throughout the week included the .22 Rimfire, Center Fire and the .45 Pistol matches, which were added to the National Matches schedule for the first time. Like the Pistol 2700 Aggregate, the competitions featured Any Sight, Metallic Sight and .22 categories. Separate recognitions were also given to Civilian and Military competitors in the match. Outside of individual competition, each discipline held its own team event.
Leading competitors of the National Matches Pistol Aggregate and Special Team events included:
Pistol 2700 Aggregate Winners:
Overall: SSG Carl Clegg, 35, Columbus, Georgia – 2648-114X
High Junior: Ethan Clark, 17, Mount Vernon, Ohio – 2474-66X
High Woman: 2LT Lisa Emmert Traciak, 25, Kalamazoo, Michigan – 2594-93X
High Senior: Charles Hays, 65, Baroda, Michigan – 2604-97X
High Grand Senior: Steve Reiter, 79, Tucson, Arizona – 2510-67X
High Law Enforcement: Kevin Vacura, 60, Red Wing, Minnesota – 2586-90X
High Military: SSG Ryan Franks, 33, Ellerslie, Georgia – 2630-126X
High Civilian: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 2644-141X
Overall: SFC David Paquette, 33, Crewe, Virginia – 2551-88X
High Woman: CW3 Cara Krauss, 40, Bristol, Vermont – 2492-56X
High Senior: Paul Lalancette, 60, Attleboro, Massachusetts – 2345-36X
High Grand Senior: Roland Zalewski, 81, Clinton Township, Michigan – 2329-36X
High Law Enforcement: Walter Klinger, 57, Northbrook, Illinois – 2341-31X
High Military: SP4 Mate Standard, 32, Waverly Hall, Georgia – 2520-66X
High Civilian: Anthony Bellipanni, 50, Birmingham, Alabama – 2526-63X
.22 Rimfire Pistol:
Overall: Mark Nicholson, 60, Tomball, Texas – 2560-70X
High Junior: Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 2542-65X
High Woman: LTC Amy Trombley, 56, Canton, Michigan – 2470-54X
High Senior: Kurt Hamlin, 61, Cary, North Carolina – 2288-37X
High Grand Senior: Anselmo Lastra, 70, Durham, North Carolina – 2121-15X
High Civilian: Dustin Carr, 19, San Diego, California – 2522-71X
.22 Pistol 900 Aggregate:
Civilian: David Lange, 52, Glen Rock, New Jersey – 886-48X
Military: SP4 Jason Gregoire, 33, Midland, Georgia – 882-50X
Civilian: Anthony Bellipanni, 50, Birmingham, Alabama – 860-22X
Military: SFC David Paquette, 33, Crewe, Virginia – 875-37X
Civilian: Abbie Leverett, 18, Bainbridge, Georgia – 850-20X
.22 Pistol 2-Man Team:
Overall: Cabot Guns (Jonathan Shue, William Palmer) – 584-26X
High Civilian: Zero-Lapua (Keith Sanderson, David Lange) – 584-23X
.22 Pistol 4-Man Team:
Overall: USAMU Blue (SSG Ryan Franks, SSG Carl Clegg, SP4 Jason Gregoire, SFC Greg Markowski) – 1165-54X
High Civilian: Ultradot-Lapua (Tony Silva, Adam Kopstein, Andrew Esposito, Ron Steinbrecher) – 1144-38X
High Military: All Guard Red (SSG Timothy Barber, SFC Eric Lawrence, SFC David Paquette, 2LT Lisa Emmert Traciak) – 1152-47X
High Junior: ANJRPC NJ Junior Gold (Justin Kopecky, Blake Jankowski, Devin LaCross, Bailey Shafer) – 1070-21X
Center Fire Pistol 900 Aggregate:
Civilian: Jonathan Shue, 40, Liberty, North Carolina – 876-46X
Military: SSG Carl Clegg, 35, Columbus, Georgia – 880-36X
Civilian: Lee Fleming, 56, Gloucester Point, Virginia – 839-19X
Military: SGT Mack Williams, 34, Columbia, South Carolina – 842-17X
Civilian: Mark Nicholson, 60, Tomball, Texas – 847-18X
Center Fire Pistol 2-Man Team:
Overall: Cabot Guns (Jonathan Shue, William Palmer) – 573-19X
High Civilian: Zero-Lapua (Keith Sanderson, David Lange) – 553-14X
Center Fire Pistol 4-Man Team:
Overall: USAMU Blue (SSG Carl Clegg, SFC Greg Markowski, SSG Christopher Hudock, SP4 Jason Gregoire) – 1123-36X
High Civilian: Springfield Custom Shop Red (Daniel Kupar, Kevin Vacura, Paul Valintakonis, Christopher Roberts) – 1106-28X
High Military: All Guard Red (SFC Eric Lawrence, SGT Nestor Pena, 2LT Lisa Emmert Traciak, SSG Timothy Barber) – 1120-18X
High Junior: Texas State Rifle Association (Austin Stone, Cayden Holland, Charisma Owen, Mehr Chanda) – 1038-20X
.45 Pistol 900 Aggregate:
Civilian: Alan Barcon, 45, Valley View, Ohio – 884-39X
Military: SSG Ryan Franks, 33, Ellerslie, Georgia – 889-45X
Civilian: Konstantin Pitsoulis, 51, Brooklyn, New York – 853-24X
Military: SP4 Mate Standard, 32, Waverly Hall, Georgia – 847-24X
Civilian: Mark Nicholson, 60, Tomball, Texas – 868-27X
.45 Pistol 2-Man Team:
Overall: Cabot Guns (Jonathan Shue, William Palmer) – 581-27X
High Civilian: Zero-Lapua (Keith Sanderson, David Lange) – 580-23X
High Military: USCG (PO1 Charlie Petrotto, MCPO Justin Olson) – 549-8X
.45 Pistol 4-Man Team:
Overall: USAMU Blue (SSG Carl Clegg, SFC Greg Markowski, SSG Ryan Franks, SP4 Jason Gregoire) – 1166-59X
High Civilian: Springfield Custom Shop Red (Daniel Kupar, Kevin Vacura, Paul Valintakonis, Christopher Roberts) – 1133-38X
High Military: All Guard Red (MSG Seth Innes, SGT Nestor Pena, 2LT Lisa Emmert Traciak, SSG Timothy Barber) – 1140-33X
High Junior: ANJRPC NJ Junior Gold (Justin Kopecky, Blake Jankowski, Devin LaCross, Bailey Shafer) – 1032-17X
For a complete list of results, visit the CMP Competition Tracker page at https://ct.thecmp.org/21nmpistolresults.
Photos of all of these and other National Matches can be found on the CMP Zenfolio page at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/f114097770.
-- By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Staff Writer
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