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Pistol defeats Ohio State

By Jerry Martin

The MIT pistol team defeated the Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers in a three-way meet Nov. 23. MIT won all three events -- free, air and standard pistols -- raising its league record to 3-2.

The match began with free pistol, where MIT dominated the competition, taking five of the top six places. MIT's team of Joe LaRocca '87, Chris Medina '86, Kelvin Phoon '87 and captain Jerry Martin '86 fired 1004 out of a possible 1200, easily besting OSU's 935 and WPI's 872. High scorers for the match were Martin with a 256 and Phoon, who fired a 254 for a personal best.

LaRocca, Martin, Phoon and manager Mike Strange '88 led the Engineers to a second victory in the standard pistol event. Top scorers were LaRocca with a 546 out of 600, Phoon with a 535, and Martin with a 513. MIT's total of 2103 again outdistanced the Buckeyes' 1847 and WPI's 1790.

In air pistol, MIT defeated the other teams handily for a third time, scoring 2162 to 2095 for OSU and 1945 for WPI. LaRocca again led the MIT team to victory with a 555, followed closely by Martin with a 553. Homero Rey '86, returning from a year away, fired a 547 for the third highest score overall.

MIT will shoot one more match this term, against the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia. The Engineers are currently ranked fourth in the nation, having lost only to the reigning national champions, the US Naval Academy, and the number two team, the US Military Academy (West Point).

(Editor's note: Jerry Martin is the captain of the pistol team.)