CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Led by a best performance by Grayson Wheeler, Coast Guard closed out the first half of its season with conference victories over Massachusetts Institute of Technology and State University of New York Plattsburgh on the road at MIT.
Wheeler averaged a 95.8 across six ten shots strings in smallbore for a 575 out of a possible 600. Classmates Hunter Blankenship and Seth Strayer posted a 567 and 566, respectively. Freshman Bryce Sturtz contributed a 560 for a team aggregate of 2268, just two points shy of the Academy record.
Sturtz reversed roles in air rifle leading from the front with a 578. Wheeler was hot on his heels with a 577, which started with 14 consecutive perfect tens. Blankenship was in hot pursuit posting a 576. Strayer rounded out the scoring four with a 565, which gave the Bears a 2296. Freshman walk on Cody Meyers made his first appearance on a Coast Guard team roster with a 530.
Wheeler's aggregate score of 1152 was eight points short of the school record but both a personal best and team season high score.
While 4-8 overall the two wins continue the Bears undefeated conference string that stretches back to the beginning of last season. Coast Guard returns to action on January 13 on the road against the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers at West Point.