By Kyle Jillson | March 17 2013 14:07

2013 Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships wrap up with smallbore position match

The smallbore firing line at the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - On a markedly foggy day on Fort Benning, the competitors of the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships gathered for the second half of their tournament.

Assembling at the US Army Marksmanship Unit's 50 meter range, they unpacked their guns and prepared for the Smallbore Championship. The match is fired from three positions - prone, standing and kneeling - divided evenly into strings of 20 shots per position.

The University of Michigan, entering the day with a twenty point lead over Clemson University, was in control of their destiny and determined not to give up the top spot.

A competitor takes a moment between shots at the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

When the dust settled Michigan had held on, winning smallbore with a 2142 out of 2400. The Tigers, on the other hand, had fallen to the Penn State Nittany Lions by 46 points. But it was not enough to overcome the Wolverines, whose high score of 4363 out of 4800 had won the championship.

Matthew Chezem from the University of Akron began the day in third place overall for the individual title. Thanks to some stalwart smallbore shooting he not only won the day's match with a high of 565 of 600, but leapfrogged the competitors ahead of him and took the overall title with a 1132 out of 1200.

While the matches were finished, the championships were not technically over. The awards ceremony this evening will dole out some great prizes to the winners and announce this year's NRA All Star teams. Stay tuned.

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