Ohio State Shoot draws large crowd to county
By ROB HAMILTON
For the seventh straight year, the Cardinal Center Campgrounds played host to the Ohio State Shoot.
The resident champion this year in the High Over All results was Joseph Charnigo of Creston with a total of 1164, while Michael Wengerd of Sugarcreek placed second with 1151. The best score in the High Over All was recorded by non-resident champion Harlan Campbell with a total of 1177.
There were a total of 14 events held from last Tuesday until Sunday. Also, on last Monday, there was the annual youth Scholastic Clay Target Program, which has grown over the years.
Ohio State Trapshooting Association Youth Director Dave Schock noted that a total of 288 youth competed in that event on 58 squads. He added that this year, there was even a non-resident division, as teams from Kentucky and Michigan participated.
OSTA officials were also pleased with the attendance for the Ohio State Shoot, as there were good numbers in all 13 events. On Wednesday, Event #5, the John Deere Handicap, drew 745 entrants, which is the most that event had drawn in Ohio State Shoot history.
Both tournament director Brad Dysinger and OSTA President Don Cogan were loving how popular the state shoot was.
“So far, 30 states and two Canadian provinces have been represented,” said Dysinger on Wednesday. “This is the second biggest trapshoot in the country with the only bigger one is the Grand American in Sparta, Ill.”
Cogan added that a lot of the credit deserved to go to the tournament’s sponsors. He noted that with Wednesday being Ag Day, a number of companies (Nester Ag Consulting, Beck’s Hybrid Seeds, SFP and Bayer Crop Science) were on the site and donated money to the cash prizes for events. Also, competitors had the opportunity to win a John Deere lawn tractor through a shoot-off.
Results of the Ohio State Shoot will be printed in next week’s edition of the Sentinel.