Ohio State Pistol Wins Fourth Consecutive National Championship

By Dan Hope on March 23, 2024 at 9:53 pm
Katelyn Abeln
Katelyn Abeln (Ohio State Dept. of Athletics)

Ohio State’s pistol team is the best in the nation for the fourth consecutive year.

The Buckeyes claimed their fourth consecutive team title on Saturday at the Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, good for the first four-peat in the program’s history.


Ohio State has now won five of the last six national championships in pistol dating back to 2018. The Buckeyes have won nine total pistol national championships since 2000.

Ohio State won this year’s title in dominant fashion. The Buckeyes finished the competition with an aggregate score of 6736, beating second-place Navy by a 296-point margin. By comparison, the margin between Navy and fifth-place Citadel was only 233 points.

Buckeye shooters swept the top five of the individual leaderboard. Katelyn Abeln took top individual honors for the second year in a row with an aggregate score of 1717. Ada Korkhin (1689) and Jackson Leverett (1667) joined Abeln on the podium while Riya Salian (1665) and Johnathan Dorsten (1657) rounded out the top five.

The Buckeyes swept all three categories of competition, finishing first in the air, sport and standard pistol categories. Abeln took the top honors in both sport and standard pistol, while Korkhin won the individual title in air pistol.

Ohio State swept the top eight spots on the scoreboard in standard pistol with Jackson Leverett finishing second, Henry Leverett finishing third, Abbie Leverett finishing fourth, Salian finishing fifth, Dorsten finishing sixth, Korkhin finishing seventh and Panagiota Charalampou finishing eighth.

OSU took six of the top seven spots in the standings in sport pistol. Korkhin and Abbie Leverett finished second and third behind Abeln while Dorsten finished sixth, Henry Leverett finished seventh and Salian came in eighth.

Ryan Yi of the Coast Guard Academy took the third spot on the podium in air pistol behind Korkhin and Abeln, but Ohio State took five of the top six spots in the standings in that category with Jackson Leverett, Salian and Dorsten finishing fourth, fifth and sixth.

Ohio State hopes the pistol program will be just the first team to win a national championship this weekend as the women’s hockey team will play Wisconsin in the NCAA championship game on Sunday (4 p.m., ESPN+). Individually, Ohio State also won a national championship in wrestling on Saturday night as Jesse Mendez won the NCAA title at 141 pounds.

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