Competitors Display Marksmanship Excellence During NTI, NTT and Junior Team Matches

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

Teams fly their colors along the firing line during the NTT match, proudly displaying from where they come.

Teams fly their colors along the firing line during the NTT match, proudly displaying from where they come.

CAMP PERRY, OH – Each year, the National Trophy Individual (NTI), National Trophy Team (NTT) and National Trophy Junior Team matches become three of the most telling events during the competition season: sifting out which teams and individuals have earned the right to be named the best of the year.

Juniors fired concurrently in the NTI and NTT matches alongside the adult competitors. Junior marksmen also compete in their own two-person team match against some of the most talented juniors in the country.

Juniors fired concurrently in the NTI and NTT matches alongside the adult competitors. Junior marksmen also compete in their own two-person team match against some of the most talented juniors in the country.

The NTI first began in 1904 and quickly became one of the most sought-after events of the National Trophy Matches. The overall marksman of the match receives his or her name etched into the famous Daniel Boone Trophy, on permanent display at Camp Perry. During this year’s National Matches, 928 competitors fought on July 23 for their chance to be named champion.

Competitors follow a National Match Course of Fire for the events, including a rapid fire sequence that tests each marksman’s accuracy and control.

Competitors follow a National Match Course of Fire for the events, including a rapid fire sequence that tests each marksman’s accuracy and control.

Winning the NTI was Navy CDR Matt Bartel, 42, of Severna Park, MD, who fired a 494-22x. Following closely in second place was Army SGT Kevin Trickett, 26, of Phenix City, AL, with a score of 494-19x, while civilian Eric Sundholm, 32, of Hillsboro, AL, fired 494-17x for third. CDR Bartel also received a MT6700 rifle donated by Colt Manufacturing.

Over 900 competitors of all ages fired in the popular NTI match on July 23.

Over 900 competitors of all ages fired in the popular NTI match on July 23.

Sundholm, as High Civilian, also earned the coveted Nathan Hale Trophy. Forrest Greenwood, 18, of Ceres, CA, fired a 483-15x to receive the Golden Eagle Trophy, awarded to the High Junior of the match.

The NTT was first fired at the inaugural National Matches in 1903. Six-person teams follow a National Match Course of Fire from 200, 300 and 600 yards.

In the National Trophy Junior Team Match, 84 teams of young riflemen showed the sort of talent that can be expected in the future of marksmanship and the sport of competition shooting.

In the National Trophy Junior Team Match, 84 teams of young riflemen showed the sort of talent that can be expected in the future of marksmanship and the sport of competition shooting.

Winners of the match receive such coveted trophies as the Soldier of Marathon for Civilians, the Pershing Trophy for the High Individual and the National Trophy for the overall team. This year, over 50 teams competed in the match, fired on July 21.

The United States Army Marksmanship Unit Team Praslick won the NTT Match, with a score of 2957-109x. The team has won the match for the past eight years.

The United States Army Marksmanship Unit Team Praslick won the NTT Match, with a score of 2957-109x. The team has won the match for the past eight years.

Winning the NTT and claiming the National Trophy was United States Army Marksmanship Unit Team Praslick, with a score of 2957-109x. Firing members are SSG Brandon Green, SPC Joseph Hall, SGT Augustus Dunfey, SGT Amanda Elsenboss, SFC Joel Micholick and SPC David Bahten. SFC Emil Praslick serves as coach, with SFC Robert Scoup as captain.

CDR Matt Bartel was the overall winner in the NTI Match, receiving his name etched into the famous Daniel Boone Trophy.

CDR Matt Bartel was the overall winner in the NTI Match, receiving his name etched into the famous Daniel Boone Trophy.

In second place was United States Marine Corps (USMC) Reserve team with a score of 2944-107x, followed by USMC Gold, with a score of 2933-101x.

The highest-scoring civilian team of the match, earning the Soldier of Marathon Trophy, was TSRA Gold, with a score of 2907-90x. Members are Justin Utley, Kyle Hoelscher, Randall Scheibel, John Hefner, John Ilzhoefer and Keith Stephens. The team was coached by Stephens and team captain was Kenneth Gaby. Stephens was also the highest overall individual of the match, firing a 495-23x. For his impressive score, Stephens received his name engraved on the Pershing Trophy.

Winning the Minuteman Trophy, for the highest junior team, was CA – Coalinga Thumpers, with a score of 2853-71x. Members are Jacob Nelson, Morgan Owen, Lane Ichord, Forrest Greenwood, Joshua Bick and Kasey Nelson. The team was coached by Dirk Seeley and team captain was Lane Ichord. The team also received an A2 Service Rifle donated by Rock River.

Winning the National Trophy Junior Team match was CA Hodgedon, consisting of Morgan Owen and Jacob Nelson of California.

Winning the National Trophy Junior Team match was CA Hodgedon, consisting of Morgan Owen and Jacob Nelson of California.

The National Trophy Junior Team Match is a two-person team match, following the same Course of Fire as the NTT. This year’s match, fired on July 18, included 84 teams vying for the Freedom’s Fire Trophy.

Talented juniors from all corners of the country meet on the firing line at the National Trophy Rifle Matches at Camp Perry each year to display their hard work and determination, as well as to gather amongst friends with the common passions.

Talented juniors from all corners of the country meet on the firing line at the National Trophy Rifle Matches at Camp Perry each year to display their hard work and determination, as well as to gather amongst friends with the common passions.

The winning overall team was CA Hodgdon, with a score of 970-28x. Team members are Morgan Owen, 18, of Sonora, CA, and Jacob Nelson, 16, of Escondido, CA. The team is coached by Jim O’Connell.

In second place was Verne Conant, 18, of Billerica, MA, and Olivia Fabrizio, 19, of Lynn, MA, a.k.a. Reading Rifle & Revolver #1, with a score of 963-30x. Conant was also the highest overall individual of the match, firing a score of 490-17x.

Daniel Hall, 18, and Josh Hanrahan, 16, of Green Bay, WI, WI Force Cheddar, recorded a score of 963-21x for third.

For more information on these matches and other National Rifle Matches, visit http://www.thecmp.org/NM/Rifle.htm. Results can be viewed at https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=11024. Photos of the match can also be found at cmp1.zenfolio.com/.

 

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