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.

Image courtesy International Defensive Pistol Association

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