Bears Win Beanpot to Highlight Weekend

Bears Win Beanpot to Highlight Weekend

A quick turn around after capturing the 2019 Beanpot saw Bear Rifle face off against the Engineers of MIT and the Leopards of Wentworth in a dual conference meet on Sunday.

Sophomore Seth Strayer continued his hot streak in air rifle by tying the Academy record he set less than 24 hours earlier. His 588 was supported by freshman Bryce Sturtz, 579 and sophomores Hunter Blankenship, 578, and Grayson Wheeler, 577, in a tight three-way finish to give the Bears a winning score of 2322.

Strayer then posted yet another personal best of 573 in smallbore which, when combined with his air rifle score added up to an aggregate of 1161, one point better than the 10 year old Academy record held by Charles Ressel '09. Wheeler and Sturtz both shot 554s with Dalton Stoves providing a 552 for a match winning score of 2233.

Sophomores Aidan Uvanni and Zara Burns posted personal best in smallbore and air rifle respectively, while freshman T.J. Johnson and Matt Kim did the same in air rifle.

On Saturday, the Bears traveled to Cambridge to participate in the 2019 Beanpot Rifle Tournament at MIT.

Strayer anchored the Bears with a personal best record setting performance in air rifle, eclipsing the 587 shot by Nick Paisker '17 by one point and tying the MIT range record in the process. Sturtz added a 582 with Wheeler, 582, and Blankenship, 576, giving the team a 2325 for the win.

Wheeler paced the smallbore effort shooting a 569. Stoves posted a 563 just ahead of Strayer's 561. Blankenship's 559 rounded out the team's 2252 winning effort bringing home the coveted Beanpot Trophy.

A personal best was set by Stoves in smallbore and Grant in air rifle.

Along the way Coast Guard picked up two wins in conference defeating both MIT and John Jay.

The Bears now have a 13-9 record which they take to Army next week, where they will compete in the NCAA Qualifiers.