Warriors Claim Upper-Midwest Conference Title

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Midland University’s shotgun team concluded its fall season with another ACUI Upper- Midwest Conference title this past weekend. The Warriors were the top team out of 14 that made their ways to Grand Island and nearly pulled off a clean sweep for the team events.

“It’s a very good way to end the fall season,” said Midland head coach Bret Erickson. “We finally shot to our potential in Sporting Clays. We still have some work to do in our other events, but overall, it was good to end on a high note.”

In the team events, the Warriors had a strong outing in the Sporting Clays. Senior Cole Collier and junior Dalton Wilcox led the team and topped the leaderboard with a pair of 94s out of 100, respectively. Junior Kaleb Scherer (92), senior Dalton Ritchie (91), and sophomore Derek Dishman (88) also contributed to the team score.

Collier and Wilcox had a shoot-off to determine 1st and 2nd places for the event, with Wilcox coming out on top with a 9-8 tiebreaker win.

In the American Skeet team event, the Warriors claimed gold again with a 484 out of 500 as Collier once again led the way with a 99. Senior Bradyn Snell and Wilcox each had 97s, Ritchie had a 96, and freshman Jace Garza had a 95 for the team’s total.

Collier had another shoot-off, and this time came out on top in a 6-5 win over Concordia’s Colten Uitermarkt.

Midland also found great success in American Trap as Collier and sophomore Charlie Wachtel led the event with 99s. Junior Canyon Ferris had a 97 while Garza and sophomore Casey Petersen had 96s. Collier and Wachtel shot off with the lone 99s in the event, with Wachtel winning 25-24.

In the final event of the weekend, the Warriors came up a few targets short against rival Fort Hays State. Collier once again led the pack with an impressive 48 out of 50, followed by Wilcox (46), junior Ben Lowe (45), junior Hunter Reinig (45) and Ferris (45). Collier took home runner-up for the individual event.

Ultimately, the Warriors won three out of the four team events and had a handful of individuals place in events. The Warriors also had seven shooters place in the top 10 male category and two in the women’s top 10. The Top-5 HOA squad consisted of Collier, Wilcox, Ritchie, and Ferris, with Scherer and Snell tying for the 5th spot on the list. Collier won the HOA male title with a score of 340/350.

The ACUI Regional Championships end Midland’s team schedule for the fall months. The next team event for the Warriors will take place February 22-23 at the Colorado International Mountain Classic in Brighton, Colorado.