Team USA Sporting Clays win back-to-back world championships

The USA Sporting Clays team has been on tour around the world and returns home victorious after winning two recent international titles.

The World English Sporting Clays 2023 event held in the UK and the World FITASC 2023 event held in Hungary played host to some of the most talented sporting shooters in the world.

Team USA took the field by storm, winning the all-around team competition in the senior men’s, women’s, and junior men’s divisions at the FITASC World English and World event. As the Official Ammunition of Team USA, Winchester continued its high-level support of the world’s best sports shooters, supplying the famous AA® cartridges to all team members.

“The excitement of shooting sports is on full display at this highly regarded international event and it is an honor to represent the United States of America with my teammates,” said Anthony Matarese, Jr., senior men’s team captain and member of Team Winchester. “We were very impressed with the goals, the staff and the opportunity to compete.”

World English Event Highlights:

Longtime All-American Mike Wilgus cemented the Runner-up position in the Super Sporting event, while his 16-year-old daughter, Kayla, medaled 4 different medals including Lady High Overall in the Super Sporting event and placed 3rd overall in the Lady category. Joe Fanizzi took home top honors as Junior Main Event champion, Desirae ‘Desi’ Edmunds was a finalist in the Lady division, and Zach Kienbaum finished as preliminary champion.

Team Winchester placements—

  • Desi Edmunds: Runner-Up Overall Women, Runner-Up Women’s Main Event, Third Lady Preliminary
  • Mike Wilgus: Super Sporting runner-up
  • Kayla Wilgus: 3rd Overall Women, Super Sporting Ladies High Gun, Prelim Colts High Gun, Sport Trap Colt Runner-up
  • Joe Fanizzi: Principal Junior HOA, Prelim Junior 3.
  • Zach Kienbaum: Team USA 1st Place, High Gun Preliminary
  • Eric Harvey: Team USA 1st place
  • Anthony Matarese: Team USA 1st place
  • Connor Daniel: Preliminary Colts 2nd

*Colt is the European equivalent of Sub-Junior in the United States and includes anyone under the age of 16 as of January of the competitive season.

The next major competition for sporting clays is the Western Regional in Colorado from August 2-6, which is the fourth of six total regional throws that make up the NSCA Championship Tour, powered by Winchester. The season finale will take place this October in San Antonio, Texas at the 2023 NSCA National Championship where a new National Champion and Winchester Ladies Cup Champion will be crowned.

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