COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State pistol team hosted one of eight NRA Air Pistol Sectionals last weekend with OSU’s Aaron Tourigny finishing first with a 558. The scores of the 32 participants are sent to NRA headquarters and tabulated along with the results from the other seven sectionals shot around the country. From the combined results, a national champion is determined in each of the following categories: Match Winner, 1st Junior, 1st Women, 1st Junior Women, 1st Senior (60 years of age) and Grand Senior (70 years of age). Awards are also given in the classifications of Master, Expert, Sharpshooter and Marksman.

Top shooters for Ohio State, along with Tourigny, were Joe Totts, 3rd with 548; Amanda Watters, 4th with 548 and Blake Reburn, 5th with 547.

The Buckeyes will shoot at the 2011 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, March 17-19 at Ft. Benning, Ga. In the open events, OSU qualified second in free pistol (2,044), third in standard pistol (2,109) and third in air pistol (2,197). The United States Military Academy qualified first in all three events with scores of 2,099 in free, 2,178 in standard and 2,211 in air.

In the women’s events, the Buckeyes qualified first in women’s sport pistol (1,625) and were third in women’s air pistol (1,063). The United States Naval Academy was the top qualifier in women’s air pistol with a 1,108 score.

Competition begins March 17 with the open free pistol and the women’s air pistol. Open standard pistol and women’s sport pistol will compete on March 18 and open air pistol will shoot on March 19.