Team SIG Captain Max Michel is Six for Six in the USPSA Area Championships

Team SIG Captain Max Michel, Jr. is Six for Six in the USPSA Area Championships
Teammate Matt Cheely Takes Second Place in Production Division at Area 7.

Max Michel
Max Michel Wins Again at USPSA Area 7

EXETER, NH –-( Team SIG Captain, Max Michel, is two steps closer to becoming the first pro shooter in history to win all eight United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area Championships in a single year.

Michel won his fifth Open Division USPSA Area title of the 2010 competitive season at the Area 7 Championships, held in Fulton, NY on August 5-8th, 2010. Teammate Matt Cheely also had a notable match at the Area 7, coming in second place in the Production Division. This past weekend Michel also took home his sixth Championship at the 2010 Hornady Area 3 Championship Match, held in Grand Island, NE on August 6-8th, 2010.

To become the Area 7 Champion in the Open Division, Michel won five of the nine stages, finishing above the 81 division competitors with a score of 853.4390, or 100%. Placing in the top five within each of the 14 stages in the Area 3 Open Division, Michel won nine stages and came in second in three stages, beating 55 of his division competitors with a score of 1813.8112, or 100%.

“Competing in two Major Championships in the same weekend is grueling. Dealing with flight delays and missing bags only adds to the challenge,” commented Michel. “However, I’m excited to remain on track as I am now six for six on all USPSA Area Championships for the 2010 season.”

Matt CheelyJoining Michel at the Area 7 Championship, Teammate Matt Cheely came in second overall among a field of 64 competitors in the Production Division with a score of 832.4648, or 97.34%. Cheely secured first place finishes in three of the nine pistol stages of the Production Division.

“The 2010 Area 7 Championship was an enjoyable match. It was a great mix of stages that tested many skills,” commented Cheely.

“I won four of the nine stages on the way to a second place finish. Unfortunately I had a miss on two stages, and it was enough to put the win out of reach. Area 8 is next up on the schedule and I am looking forward to it.”

Michel’s next competition is the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championship in Piru, CA on August 19-21, 2010. Cheely will be competing in the USPSA Area 8 Championship held August 26-29, 2010 at the Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club in Fredericksburg, VA.

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About Max Michel
By anyone’s account, Max Michel, Jr. is one of the best shooters in the world. With three World Speed Shooting Championships (2009, 2007 and 2005), five USPSA National Championships (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), 2 US Steel National Championships (2009, and 2008), more than 30 USPSA Area Championships, and over 80 Major Championship wins, Max Michel has become a dominant force in the pistol shooting sports. As an international competitor, Michel has represented the United States in the last four International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoots and returned home each time with team gold medals. He will again represent the nation in Rhodes, Greece at the 2011 World Shoot and anchor the USA’s Open Division team.

About Matt Cheely
Matt Cheely has been competing for the past five years in USPSA National Championships and has garnered multiple Top 10 National finishes. Cheely has also won multiple major IPSC matches in Canada and three Division Grand Master (GM) in Production Limited and Limited 10. A born and raised native of Michigan, Cheely graduated from the Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in Product Design and Development. When not competing for Team SIG, Cheely works as a Diesel Engine Performance Engineer for Detroit Diesel.

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