Wadsworth area resident Chris Cerino remains in the running for the History Channel's $100,000 first place prize and title of "Top Shot."
Cerino - husband, father of two sons, scoutmaster, hunter education instructor and law enforcement/military firearms instructor - has withstood the test against some of the nation’s top firearms competitors.
The final contest will pit Cerino and three other contestants and as seen during a two-hour History Channel finale, airing Sunday, Aug. 15.
During the preceding several televised elimination rounds the competitors have had to shoot vintage firearms such as flintlocks, old military weapons like the Springfield, Colt .45-caliber revolvers and funky Russian bolt-action weapons as well as new models of weaponry like Remington sniper rifles, HK semi-autos, Beretta pistols, AR 15s along with archery tackle and even slingshots and throwing knives.
This past Sunday's episode was particularly intriguing. The-then remaining six contestants had to shoot four different weapons at targets posted at increasingly longer distances. Between shooting stations the competitors had to race uphill. After this grueling match two of the remaining six shooters were eliminated.
The Cerino Family will gather Sunday at Cleats (469 College St.) in Wadsworth for the two-hour season finale, said Reno "Jay" Reda, retired area Wildlife Division officer and who's been tracking Cerino's performance on Facebook.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn