Rick Wilder’s Metro Gun Club in Blaine, Minnesota, was the venue for the 2018 Minnesota State Skeet Shooting Association (MSSA) Championships, August 17-19. The shooters were treated to perfect weather and great targets throughout the tournament. Winds were mostly calm, and the background at Metro is always ideal.
Friday’s Doubles event was led by Jeff Korhonen, whose 99 was uncontested. A pair of 98s were posted by 16-year-old Hayden Wege and Jarret Hayes, with Hayden claiming the runner-up spot and Jarret coming in third. Doubles class champions were Jerry Ryan, the 2018 MSSA Hall of Fame Inductee), class A; Paul Davis B1, Sam Radford C1 and Arthur R. Peterson Jr. D1.
Hayden Wege, Paul Davis, Jeff Korhonen and Mike Quigley each posted perfect scores in Saturday’s 12-gauge event. Hayden Wege emerged the winner with Paul Davis runner-up. Jerry Ryan placed third, followed by Scott Melchisedech AA1, Jeff Korhonen A1, Mike Quigley B1, Justin Staebell C1, Grant Benson D1 and Arthur R. Peterson Jr. E1.
Jeff Korhonen stayed hot, posting his second consecutive 100 straight in the 20-gauge event. He claimed the 20-gauge title after a shoot-off with Jerry Ryan, runner-up, and Janice Lohman, third, who also posted perfect scores. 20-gauge class champions were Michael Lohman, Robert Rick, Sam Radford, Grant Benson and Jared Miller in classes AA, A, B, C and D. Spectators for both events saw lengthy exhibitions of Doubles at 3, 4 and 5 before the 12- and 20-gauge champions were established.
Shooters and guests enjoyed a buffet dinner in the clubhouse Saturday night, along with the presentation of trophies by MSSA president, Brian Hendrickson.
Calm weather greeted the Sunday events. The 28-gauge was won by Tony Lowe with the lone 100. Three 99s were posted by Robert Rick, David Baker and 2017 MSSA Hall of Fame inductee Leon Rother. Robert Rick claimed 28-gauge runner-up, with Leon Rother placing third. David Baker won class AA, followed by Scott Melchisedech, Gene Helsene, Jeff Schneider and Deon Thompson in classes A, B, C and D.
Jerry Ryan won the .410 event with an uncontested 99 and claimed the High Overall Championship in the process. 98s were posted by David Baker, runner-up, and Scott Melchisedech, third. The .410 class winners were Michael Lohman, Jeff Korhonen, Sam Radford, David Michaelynn and Gunner Rockwell Hove at AA, A, B, C and D, respectively.
The 2018 High Overall awards went to Jerry Ryan, champion; Jeff Korhonen, runner-up and HAA Champion; David Baker, third; and class winners Michael Lohman AA1, Scott Melchisedech A1, Gene Helsene B1, Leon Rother C1 and Gunner Rockwell Hove D1.
Our thanks go to Scott Melchisedech for running the NSSA scoring software. It’s a time-consuming task that is critical to running a quality shoot. It was especially hard for Scott because he was posting great scores and winning shoot-offs at the same time.
– Contributed by Ron Chandler
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