Olhasso Adds Four First Places Finishes to 2008 Victories in Fields of Steel Championship

Smith and Wesson
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--(Ammoland.com)- Team Smith & Wesson member Dave Olhasso, just back from his win at the IDPA Nationals the week before, added four first place finishes to his 2008 list of victories while competing at World Class Steel’s fourth annual Fields of Steel Championship hosted by the Old Bridge Rifle and Pistol Club in Old Bridge, New Jersey on October 11 and 12.

Dave’s superb competitive shooting skills were quite apparent while taking the top spots as he bested the more than 110 participants at the two-day event.

In the Pistol Match held on Saturday, Dave continued to hold the lead to win both the Pistol Iron and the Pistol Open Divisions. Despite being new to competitive revolver shooting just this year, Dave also took the top spot in the Revolver Open Division. In the Shotgun/Carbine Match on Sunday, Dave also took the top honor in the Carbine Limited Division, fending off a great showing by master-class shooter Charlie Coppola. Talking to Dave during the match weekend he noted, “With over 200 steel plates and the high skill level of the many shooters participating in the match, the Fields of Steel Championship is a tough match in which to continually keep your focus.”

The October weekend marked the fourth year that World Class Steel has held the two-day event. The Championship spans the weekend but is divided into two separate and distinct handgun and long gun matches, each of which can be completed in one day. Each match was comprised of seven stages totaling 203 knockdown steel targets put in place by our team headed by our Field Operations Director, Danny Lisk. The handgun match was held on Saturday and the Carbine/Shotgun match was shot on Sunday.

As we have traditionally done at all of our past World Class Steel Championships, we again gave away a number of guns in our shooters’ raffle while division winners were awarded cash prizes based on the WCS Lewis System. John Perciballi, Director of Match Development, explained as he does every year, “World Class Steel awards cash prizes to our competing shooters based upon their skill level as demonstrated by their order-of-finish, but we like the idea of simply giving away guns based upon a random raffle in which each participant is automatically entered. This year, in keeping with the tradition of giving away guns at our World Class Steel Championships, eleven firearms were awarded to our raffle winners. That’s why our matches are widely known as the matches that give away guns, lots of guns.”

As in the past, all scoring was processed by our WCS Scorer Program under the direction of Chris Buchholz, Match Administration.

The top finishers in the championship were as follows:

Pistol Iron: Dave Olhasso, Neil Shubert, Julius Magyari, Jr.
Pistol Open: Dave Olhasso, Chris Martin, Al Surko

Revolver Open; Dave Olhasso
Revolver Iron: Ron Brooks

Carbine Open: Charlie Coppola, Dave Olhasso, Al Surko
Carbine Limited: Dave Olhasso, Charlie Coppola, Steve Sherman

Shotgun Limited Auto: Darren Mattos, Rich LaBrocca
Shotgun Open: Charlie Coppola
Shotgun Pump: Slav Shuravesky

High Lady Pistol: Caron Brooks
High Lady Carbine/Shotgun: Shaun Quale

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all participants who attended.

The 2009 Fields of Steel Championships are scheduled to be held on October 3rd and 4th, 2009.

More information will be available on our website, www.worldclasssteel.com

Media Contact: John Soltesz, Executive Director (732) 494-0274 or [email protected]

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