Joseph Todaro shoots career-high 591 to lead No. 6 Army against NC State


WEST POINT, N.Y. — Senior team captain Joseph Todaro shared medalist honors in smallbore and was runner-up to classmate Richard Calvin in air rifle as Army took the measure of NC State 4662-4590 in a Great America Rifle victory Friday afternoon at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

The win leveled sixth-ranked Army’s conference mark at 3-3 and 5-4 overall as the Black Knights posted their second consecutive win and third against just one loss in the winter section of their schedule.

Army’s 2356 mark in air rifle was just a point off the school record 2357 set in January 2013.

Todaro recorded a career-high 591 in air rifle, breaking his previous best 590 set against Kentucky last month, in finishing a point behind Calvin’s winning score. It is the second time this season that Calvin fired the highest score of the meet in this event.

Sophomore Alyssa Gestl (588) and senior Michael Matthews (585) claimed the next two spots in rounding out the Black Knights’ counting air rifle unit that broke the season’s previous high 2352 set against Kentucky by four points in outscoring the Wolfpack by 38 points.

Freshman Allen Solida tied for fourth place (585) with Matthews as Army swept the top nine spots. Senior Zachary Wells and sophomore Olivia Nardone posted 584s followed by freshmen Marvin Lewis (583) and Danielle Cuomo (581).

Todaro and NC State’s Lucas Kozeniesky tied for first-place honors in smallbore with identical 581s with Army sweeping the next six spots in outpointing the Wolfpack, 2306-2272. Wells shot a career-best 579 in copping third-place honors with freshman Danielle Cuomo, who was just a point off her personal best, firing a 578 in tying for fourth place with Matthews.

Todaro, who earned his second first-place headline this season in smallbore, fired a 193 kneeling and a perfect 200 prone and 188 standing. Joining him in rounding out Army’s firing unit were Matthews, Calvin (575) and Gestl (572).

“We want to go out and do the same against Nebraska on Sunday,” said Army head coach Ron Wigger, following his team’s performance.

Scott Harrigan
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