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Grove City High student wins 2 USA shooting junior championships, makes world rifle competition

Grove City High student Jack Ogoreuc won junior national golds in two shooting events in June. He'll compete in Peru in the fall in an international junior championship. Submitted photo

Jack Ogoreuc has been competing in shooting competitions for five years.

Now he’s an under-18 national champion in two events and will be competing internationally in the fall in Lima, Peru.

Ogoreuc, a rising senior at Grove City High School, competed in June in the USA Shooting National Championships in Georgia alongside past and hopeful Olympians. He won championship in the 50-meter three-position rifle, or smallbore, for his age group with a score of 1,156. He also won the 10-meter air rifle title in his age group with an aggregate score of 1,243.

“It was surreal,” Ogoreuc said recently over the phone. “It was kind of like everything hit at once, you know. I really wasn’t expecting to hear (my name called).”

He used to play hockey. His dad, Robert, took him to youth field days as well.

“At the one field day, one of the instructors told me I should start doing this competitively,” Jack Ogoreuc said.

He has competed with several local clubs, including Oil City Junior Rifle, Mason Dixon Junior Rifle and Team Winning Solutions.

Ogoreuc’s performance in the USA nationals and the National Junior Olympic Championships in April, where he placed fourth in the U18 bracket, earned him a spot in the International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Championships, which will run Sept. 26 through Oct. 7.

Ogoreuc wants to shoot competitively in college and then join the U.S. national team or the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.

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