WMA Riflery beats Suffield
The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Riflery team might be a little younger and less experienced than in years past, but so far this season the results have been the same.
The Titans beat Suffield Academy 943-938 at home Jan. 18 to push their record to 2-0. Junyi “Brian” Lu ’21 led WMA with a 194 (out of 200), followed by Ryan Cordeiro ’21 (192), Jinyu “Melody” Zahn ’22 (190), Wooseung “Colin” Oh ’22 (185) and Alex Otte ’20 (182).
Coach Bill Passy on WMA beating Suffield: “Beating Suffield is always good. We haven’t lost to them now in four years. This win was nice because they have seven seniors on the team while we have just one.”
Coach Passy on the team recording a 943 (out of 1,000): “The 943 score is good, but we left points out there. We are not as deep as recent years as we have seven first-year shooters.”
Coach Passy on Brian’s 194: “Brian’s 194 was a nice bounce back after a rough first match. He has a very high competitive level and is extremely hard on himself. He’s also adjusting to a new gun this year, which should help him as he becomes more comfortable with it.”
Brian on the team’s performance against Suffield: “It was a tough match. Almost half of our team is new this year and we only have one senior. But our leaders shot fine, and the consistency of our leaders is what helped us win the match. The leaders also helped spot the new shooters and helped them with their mindset they have to have because of the pressure of being in a new sport.”
Of note: Brian placed second in a field of 27 at the American Small-bore Shooting Association New England Prone Indoor Championships Dec. 12 in New Hampshire, which was open to people of all ages and ability.
Brian on experiencing an open tournament: “I’ve never been to an open tournament. I had some pressure because this is only my second season and I was nervous. But I was confident shooting in the prone position.”
Brian on taking second at the open New England championship: “I did all I could do. I was only four points lower than the champion. I’m happy with that.”