In the most heavily contested event of the match, the Limited-10 division race saw five lead changes with each of the top four shooters taking a turn out in front.
Brad Bolz of Kirksville, Mo. took the lead on the second stage of the match but had Kunz following closely, winning that stage. On the third stage, Kunz’s second stage win of the match put him in the lead.
Anthony Luciani of Phoenix, Ariz. overtook Kunz on the fourth stage with his first of two back-to-back stage wins that helped carry his lead through the seventh stage.
Kunz regained the lead on the eighth stage where he posted his second stage win in a row. Adding a fifth stage win on stage 10, Kunz was able to hold the lead through stage 11 before falling to second behind Tim Kunz of Brighton, Ill. who won stages 12 and 13.
Down a little more than five points with just one stage left to shoot, Todd Kunz claimed his sixth stage win of the match and finished more than 36 points ahead of Tim Kunz to win the Single Stack title with a final score of 1375.1902.
“The Limited-10 division gave us the most exciting match of the Area 5 Championship as Todd, our defending champion, battled for the lead repeatedly. His final stage comeback is one for the books and I join his fellow competitors in congratulating Todd on a well deserved win,” said Gary Stevens, the USPSA Area 5 director.
Tim Kunz, who finished third in 2010, took second place with 1339.0112 points while Bolz placed third with 1304.1193 points. Luciani and Jake Martens of Indianapolis, Ind. rounded out the top five finishing fourth and fifth with 1276.9554 and 1189.3067 points respectively.
The Area 5 Regional Handgun Championship took place June 16-19 and drew 359 shooters from across the U.S., including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin, the states that make up the Area 5 region.
The Area 5 match is the second of eight regional events on the USPSA competition calendar. The next regional event is the 2011 USPSA Area 1 Regional Handgun Championship, Presented by Springfield Armory which takes place June 22-26 at Albany Rifle and Pistol Club, Shedd, Ore.
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