Notebook: Area Shooter Boosts WVU Rifle Team
Frye, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Tommy Santelli is proving to be as good as advertised.
The Prosperity native entered West Virginia University this fall as a highly touted member of the rifle team. Before he had ever fired a shot, Great American Rifle Conference coaches selected him as one of this year's top 10 shooters.
Two matches into the season, the Mountaineers are 2-0 and Santelli is one of the big reasons why.
West Virginia downed North Carolina State in the season's first match. Santelli scored 584 out of 600 in the air rifle competition and 582 out of 600 in the .22 rifle competition.
That air rifle score was higher than anyone else's on either team. Santelli's score in the .22 rifle match was tied only by senior teammate Lafe Kunkel, whose score was a personal best.
West Virginia traveled to Ohio State eight days later and downed the Buckeyes, with Santelli outpointing everyone from both teams in the air rifle match, scoring a 583. He finished second in the .22 smallbore competition, shooting a 576. That trailed only Kunkel, who broke his own record again with a 585.
Jasmine Margaria of Avella, who as a high schooler was a teammate of Santelli's on the Frazier-Simplex rifle team, is a freshman at Ohio State. She finished fifth overall and second on her team in the .22 competition with a 553 and shot a 554 as part of Ohio State's second air rifle team.
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That hasn't worked. The Wisconsin DNR has spent $30 million on the program, yet there are more deer in the eradication zones now than there were five years ago. …