FORT BENNING, Ga. — Rising sophomore Samuel Gens (pictured above) earned a spot on the USA Junior National Team in Air Pistol and also qualified for the 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships (Aug. 31-Sept. 15) in Changwon, Korea. He fired a 1,052 two-day Free Pistol total to place third overall and tops among Junior competitors at the USA Shooting Nationals. Gens posted 1,129 in Air Pistol, good for second best among Juniors (seventh overall) and a spot on the USA Junior National Team.
Several other Buckeyes competed as well, including both members of the coaching staff. Head coach Emil Milev arose as champion of the Rapid Fire Pistol while assistant coach Anthony Lutz placed fifth in Air Pistol.
Additional Ohio State student-athletes, Anthony McCollum and Bernard Melus (below), put forth sixth place overall finishes in Air Pistol and Free Pistol, respectively. Melus’ performance was a personal best and sent him to the World Championships Team for Junior Free Pistol.