Yost Crowned King of New England After Live Free Or Die High Senior Win

by Editor 23. October 2013 10:28
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Team Panteao’s Tom Yost wrapped up his run at the King of New England with a second place finish in the Enhanced Service Pistol division at the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship, claiming the High Senior title and his place in history as the first ever ESP King of New England.

Presented by Apex Tactical Specialties, the King of New England series recognizes the top shooters competing in the Massachusetts State Championship, the New England Regional and the Live Free Or Die, with the title going to the competitor with the top cumulative score, in their division, from four pre-selected stages from each of the three championships.

Yost previously won the ESP title at both the Massachusetts State Championship and the New England Regional, giving him a 26.23 second lead over Joe Linskey of team Wolff Gunsprings/Tactical Defense Solutions.

Yost finished the Live Free Or Die ahead of Linskey by 5.28 seconds with his final time of 258.82 (49) to Linskey’s 264.10 (26). In the King of New England series, Yost finished with a final combined time of 274.50, followed by Linskey with 305.36 and Nick Bedio with 332.40.

“Tom is arguably one of the best shooters in IDPA and now he has the King of New England title to prove it. Congratulations to Tom on taking High Senior at the Live Free Or Die and for being crowned King – Long Live the King,” said Ken Lambert, match director for the Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die.

Elsewhere in the ESP division contest at the Live Free Or Die, Ed Stettmeier won the overall division title with 215.68 seconds and 38 points down. Joe Linskey took Most Accurate honors with just 26 points down. Terrance Robertson, an ESP Master, won High Distinguished Senior with 308.85 (110). Lance Boehlke finished first Sharpshooter with 352.82 (108). The U.S. Coast Guard’s Chad Barber took home High Military honors with 413.18 (79) competing as a Sharpshooter. Pasquile Vitetta Jr. finished first Marksman with 442.25 (123). Sandy Lincoln, the division’s only Novice, finished with 929.97 (360).

The sold out 2013 Smith & Wesson Live Free Or Die State IDPA Championship took place October 18-20 and was hosted by the Pioneer Sportsmen Club in Dunbarton, N.H.

The match was sponsored by a number of firearms industry leaders, including Apex Tactical Specialties, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, iMarksman, New England Tactical, RangeLog, Ruger, Safariland, SIG SAUER, Taurus and Smith & Wesson, the title sponsor of the match.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Panteao’s Tom Yost Takes IDPA National Senior Title

by Editor 25. September 2013 07:40
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TULSA, Okla. – Team Panteao’s Tom Yost took the High Senior title this past weekend at the IDPA U.S. National Championship.

Yost, who competed as a Master in Stock Service Pistol division, finished second in the division and sixth among all competitors with his final time of 251.09 seconds and 44 points down.

“Tom is one of the most active leaders in IDPA and when he’s not volunteering his time to improve and grow the sport, he’s out competing as one of our top shooters – and winning this year’s IDPA National Senior Champion title,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing 8.41 seconds behind Yost was the defending senior champion Scott Warren, an ESP Master, with 259.50 (61). Third place went to Matt Sims, a CDP Master, with 269.21 (57). Academi’s Bill Go, an SSP Master, finished fourth with 287.34 (47) followed by Team Smith & Wesson’s Jerry Miculek who won the ESR National Championship title with a time of 294.66 seconds with 76 points down.

The 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship took place September 19-22 in Tulsa, Okla., drawing many of the shooting sports' top pistol and revolver shooters.

For more information on IDPA, the 2013 IDPA U.S. National Championship, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Panteao’s Tom Yost Wins ESP At IDPA’s New England Regional

by Editor 21. August 2013 07:00
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HARVARD, Mass. – By a little over two seconds, Team Panteao’s Tom Yost held off Ed Stettmeier to take the Enhanced Service Pistol division title at the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship.

Yost, who finished the match with three stage wins and a final time of 273.69 seconds and 66 points down, claimed not only the ESP title but also the High Senior and High Industry awards.

“Tom is one of the region's top competitive shooters and continues to rack up wins every season. In a division with some very strong competition, Tom managed to shoot a consistent, steady match to lock up yet another championship title,” said Bob Biehl, match director for the 2013 New England Regional.

Stettmeier finished first Master and second in the division trailing Yost by 2.33 seconds with a time of 276.02 and 93 points down. Stettmeier also took top honors on three of the 14 stages in the match’s course of fire.

Third place in the match went to Joe Linskey who claimed Most Accurate and High Law Enforcement honors by winning two stages and posting a final time of 292.96 seconds with just 41 points down. Fourth place went to Nick Bedio, first Sharpshooter, with 297.07 (87), followed by David Girardin, third Master, in fifth with two stage wins and 307.01 (127).

Elsewhere in the division, Jerry Tetreau finished first Expert with 325.12 (85). Justin Fitch finished first Marksman with 499.82 (153). Chad Barber of the U.S. Coast Guard claimed High Military as an ESP Sharpshooter with his final time of 442.84 seconds and 91 points down.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Smith & Wesson New England Regional IDPA Championship was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-18, at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club located in Harvard, Massachusetts and drew 189 competitors.

Complete match results can be found online at MetroWestTactical.com.

For more information on IDPA, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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In ESP Panteao’s Yost Takes Home 4 Titles At Mass. State IDPA

by Editor 6. June 2013 07:15
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Winning five of 10 stages and shooting the fewest points down helped propel Team Panteao’s Tom Yost to the Enhanced Service Pistol division title at the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship, presented by Smith & Wesson.

Yost, who finished the match with a final time of 186.03 seconds and just 31 points down, claimed not only the ESP title but also High Senior, High Industry and Most Accurate honors.

Sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) the Massachusetts State IDPA Championship was held Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the Rod & Gun Club of New Bedford located in North Dartmouth and drew 120 competitors.

Finishing first Master behind Yost was Joe Linskey who won two stages and took High Law Enforcement with 194.99 seconds and 44 points down. Third in the division went to Craig Phillips, the second Master, with 208.05 (31) followed by Brian Steskla, third Master, with 208.74 seconds, 70 points down and one stage win, and Dave Solimini, fourth Master, with 217.34 (57).

Elsewhere in the division, Richard Barker finished first Expert with 237.88 (83) and claimed High Military Veteran as well as one stage win. Bill Thorpe took first Sharpshooter with 227.32 (42). Joe Parks finished first Marksman with 324.06 (91). Judith Szczygiel, an Expert class shooter, won High Lady with 313.35 (101) while Duncan McNaughton, a Sharpshooter, took High Junior with 311.01 (104).

Complete, searchable match results can be found online at IDPA.com.

For more information on IDPA, the 17th Annual Massachusetts State IDPA Championship presented by Smith & Wesson, or to join the more than 22,000 members competing each week all across America, visit www.IDPA.com.

You can further connect with the IDPA community through IDPA’s social media, such as @OfficialIDPA on Twitter and ShootIDPA on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, or check for regular news and updates on the organization’s DOWN ZERO Blog.

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Final Results From 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA Nationals

by Editor 18. March 2013 10:26
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Results are in from the 2013 Puerto Rico IDPA National Championship and here's a look at the top five in each division. The full official scores for all competitors can be reviewed online at IDPAPR.com. Before you ask, only the 3 pistol division had competitors.

CDP Division
253.99 (70) - Frank Garcia (MA)
269.34 (59) - James Oliver Jr. (EX)
364.48 (111) - James Ramos Hernandez (MM)
369.81 (120) - Hector Orizondo (EX)
430.30 (178) - Manuel Rodriguez Colon (MM)

ESP Division
208.66 (56) - Morgan Allen (MA)
238.68 (35) - Nelso Lopez (MA)
243.45 (54) - Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez (MA)
257.25 (54) - Pedro Ortiz (EX)
318.33 (165) - Alberto De Leon (SS)

SSP Division
225.14 (61) - Rodrigo Carvajal (MA)
230.10 (54) - Tom Yost (MA)
241.54 (72) - Jose Rivera (MA)
249.12 (78) - Luis Ricardo Zanotti (MA)
257.23 (74) - Hanzel Miranda (EX)

High Senior: Tom Yost (SSP-MA) 230.10 (54)

High Lady: Juliana Rosado (SSP-MM) 523.51 (225)

High Law Enforcement: Alberto De Leon (ESP-SS) 318.33 (165)

High International: Morgan Allen (ESP-MA) 208.66 (56)

High Junior: Hector Orizondo Jr. (SSP-NV) 753.87 (219)

High Military: Louian Lopez (SSP-MM) 404.35 (166)

High Distinguished Senior: Humberto Diaz (ESP-MM) 364.13 (103)

Most Accurate: Nelso Lopez (ESP-MA) 238.68 (35)

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Panteao Gun Team Hosts Free Shooting Sports Clinic At IDPA Nationals

by Editor 5. September 2012 21:35
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COLUMBIA, S.C.The Panteao Gun Team will be hosting a free Shooting Sports Clinic during the IDPA Nationals on Sunday, September 23rd. The Clinic is open to all participants of the IDPA Nationals. The instructors for the Clinic will be Panteao Gun Team members Bob Vogel, Tom Yost, and "Super Dave" Harrington.
 
The Clinic is limited to 40 participants, so please RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot. You can email Panteao Productions at info@panteaoproductions.com. The Clinic will start Sunday at 9:00AM and run till approximately Noon. Participants should bring score sheets from the match along with gear and ammo. 
 
In addition, Panteao Productions will be filming the Clinic for an upcoming video, so here is your chance to be in one of the Panteao videos!
 
About Panteao Productions:
Panteao Productions is a video production company that produces instructional videos from the top firearms instructors in the world. For more information about Panteao, visit www.PanteaoProductions.com. You can follow Panteao on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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Stettmeier Takes SSP Title At New England Regional IDPA Championship

by Editor 21. August 2012 01:05
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HARVARD, Mass. – Ed Stettmeier of the Tactical Defense Solutions shooting team won seven of 12 stages and posted the fastest overall time on his way to winning the Stock Service Pistol title this past weekend at the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship in Harvard, Mass.

Ranked a Master level shooter in IDPA, Stettmeier not only posted the overall fastest time in the match, but also took top honors as the most accurate shooter in the competition after scoring just 21 points down. He outpaced his nearest competitor, David Dolio, by 14.56 seconds to finish with a final time of 205.88.

“Ed is one of the young up-and-coming shooters within IDPA and his outstanding performance this weekend at the New England Regional proves why he's one to watch in our sport,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA.

Finishing second overall in both the match and the division was Dolio with 68 points down and a final time of 220.44 to take first Master honors. Tom Yost of the Panteao Productions shooting team finished second Master with 234.51 and 47 points down, which also eared him the event's High Senior title.

Third Master went to Michael Masselli with 253.55 and 64 points down, while David Bold claimed fourth Master with 254.86 and 57 points down, and Hanwei Hsieh took fifth Master with 261.09 and 78 points down.

Elsewhere in the Stock Service Pistol division, William Richards finished first Expert with 294.13 (83), David Lin finished first Sharpshooter with 294.96 (66), and James McColgan III took first Marksman with 370.26 (135).

Sponsored in part by New England-based firearms makers Ruger and Sig Sauer, the 2012 New England Regional IDPA Championship was hosted by the MetroWest Tactical IDPA club and held August 17-19 at the Harvard Sportsmen's Club in Harvard, Mass. The match drew nearly 160 top IDPA competitors from throughout New England. For more information on the match and the full results, visit www.MetroWestTactical.com.

Fore more information on the International Defensive Pistol Association, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Carolina Cup: What To Expect

by Editor 14. June 2012 18:10
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DOWN ZERO spoke to Tom Yost, the captain of the Panteao Productions shooting team, to get his take on this year's Carolina Cup. Yost finished the match on Wednesday with an unofficial final time 227.56, and 24 points down, competing in the Stock Service Pistol division where he's classified as a Master.

Tom Yost

DZ: Now that you have shot the match, what's your take on the stages and the overall course of fire?
TY: This year's course of fire is a lot more difficult than it looks in the match booklet.

DZ: How so?
TY: With Frank Glover's [Match Director] stages, he gets you driving wide-open down the straightaway then forces you to downshift to get through a hairpin turn. This puts a lot of pressure on a shooter to switch from one extreme to another, and all on a single stage. When that happens, the disaster factor rockets up and gets a shooter out of their comfort zone real quick.

DZ: Is every stage like that, or are there some that are straight forward?
TY: No, not every stage. It was good to see a standards stage in the match, which a lot of shooters will feel comfortable shooting. But again, they have to be careful because it looks deceptively easy until you hit a no-shoot. In my squad I was one of only two shooters that didn't tag a no-shoot.

DZ: Where do you think this year's championship will be determined?
TY: I think that we're going to see the match come down to two of the stages. They are stage 2, The Stoplight, and stage 16, Saving Earl. Both are very challenging and one slipup on either of these stages could cost a shooter the title. This is where the match will likely be determined.

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Carolina Cup: Interim Scores (Day 1)

by Editor 14. June 2012 15:59
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Tom Yost

Below are the division and classification leaders after day 1 at the Carolina Cup. The scores are UNOFFICIAL and reflect the standings among competitors who have scores for all 16 stages posted. These scores will change. 

Custom Defensive Pistol

EX Ken Burgess 313.94

SS William Davis 341.71

MM Tomi Nylund 341.71

Enhanced Service Pistol

MA Chris Roper 282.49

EX Chris Donovan 272.16

SS Steve Crawford 364.56

MM Mike Critser 525.73

Stock Service Pistol

MA Tom Yost 227.56 (pictured)

EX Michelle Wood 262.33

SS Nathan Holland 340.52

MM Anti Luukkonen 471.08

NO Ed Fitzgerald 490.91

Enhanced Service Revolver

MA Toni Dandreamatteo 314.29

MM Jody Patterson 564.29

Stock Service Revolver

EX Mark Sklenarik 449.00

SS Joe Broz 504.45 

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IDPA Adds Panteao Productions And Precision Delta To Carolina Cup Sponsor List

by Editor 6. June 2012 12:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) announced the addition of Panteao Productions and Precision Delta to the growing list of sponsors of the upcoming Carolina Cup taking place June 14-16 in Oxford, N.C.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Panteao Productions and Precision Delta will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match, which is expected to draw over 370 of IDPA's top competitors.

“We're extremely fortunate to have the strong support of companies like Panteao Productions and Precision Delta whose generosity has helped make the Carolina Cup one of the largest and most popular competitions in IDPA,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup.

In addition to sponsoring the match, Panteao Productions will be represented in the competition by shooting team members Dave Harrington, team captain Tom Yost, and Bob Vogel, the Carolina Cup's defending Stock Service Pistol champion.

The Carolina Cup, one of IDPA's three major championships, will be held at The Range in Oxford, North Carolina where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Considered by many to be among the most popular matches in IDPA competition, the Carolina Cup is known for its challenging course of fire that creatively tests all of a shooter's skills. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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