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2016 WSSA State Skeet Championships

posted Sep 13, 2016, 6:33 AM by Henry Duwe
By Don Kelly

The Wisconsin State Skeet Championships  were hosted by Brown County Sportsmen’s Club in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 26-28th.  Fifty eight competitors shot 948 rounds or 23,700 registered targets.  The Friday doubles event was won by Michael Peterson with the only 98.  Following the doubles shootoffs  the Wisc. All State Challenge was held. Anyone who has won a Wisc State title or who has been named to the open All State team is eligible to enter.  The Wisc. All State Challenge entry/purse fee is $10—winner take all.  It is miss and out doubles from station 4 with the .410.  The 13 person line thinned out pretty fast with Michael Peterson taking the purse.  The evening was completed with heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Judy Decker, and the usual discussions of eye problems, old age, slow pulls and missed birds.

Picture: 2016 Doubles Champion Mike Peterson and 2015 Doubles Champion Matt Savolainen sporting the spoils of his victory—a new pair of Allen Edmonds shoes.

Saturday was a busy day with the 12 and 20 gauge events and the threat of rain.  We had one squad of new junior shooters from the Sheboygan Falls youth program—sponsored by Charles Scroggins.  Henry Duwe outlasted the other 100’s in the 12 gauge to claim the title.  Gary Wipperfurth, no stranger to the winners circle, posted the only 100 to win the 20 gauge title and the Jeff Myers trophy(which he had to put back together).  Saturday night’s excellent banquet was organized by Judy Decker.  After everyone was stuffed, the Wisc. State Skeet Shooting Association annual membership meeting was called to order.  Awards were presented for completed events, and the Wisc. All State Team was recognized. The Billy Spears Award was presented to John Wiessner. Directors were elected to serve  3 year terms.  After the membership meeting the WSSA Board met briefly to begin discussions for next years State Shoot.

Picture: John Wiessner receiving the Billy Spears Award.

Sunday started with clear skies and no wind.The three 28 gauge rotations stayed on schedule with all fields running well.  Andy Korando and Jack Tans tied with 99’s—Andy won the shootoff and joins his older brother Eddie (who was off to college) as a state champion.    Matthew Riffe posted the only 97 in the .410 to win the state title.  The HOA and HAA were won by Michael Peterson with 391x400 and 489x500 respectively.
In addition to 5 guns, all classes and concurrents, and the Wisc. All State Challenge, there was a 4th box CofC event and a single elimination Bracket challenge.  Also offered was a handicapped 2 man team event for all 5 guns, HOA and HAA.  Ties for the 2 man team events were shot off—doubles miss and out, last man standing.  We threw ~650 shootoff targets,  awarded $3,370 in added money thanks to our Sponsors and Advertisers, and $3120 of the entry fee was returned to class winners. 

Thanks to Elise Duwe for managing the computer and to Mike Valerio for his help fixing a glitch in HOA and HAA classing.  Thanks to our referees and club volunteers for keeping everything running smoothly and on schedule.  Thanks to Judy Decker for all the food preparation.

Picture: Don, Dylan and David Ruokolainen—Three generations of Skeet shooters from the U.P. of Michigan and members of the Wisc. Skeet Shooters Assoc.

For a complete listing of scores and results for the Wisc. Skeet Championships please go to the NSSA website or  weekly Target Talk for the link to the NSSA Scoreboard.