Over the last weekend, Florida shooter Gorka Ibañez pulled off a shooting feat that I don’t believe has been accomplished before. He won back to back state championships in the same weekend. First he won the Florida State USPSA Championship in Limited Division, then the Florida State IDPA Championship in ESP Division.
First Match: USPSA State Championship
Winning any state championship is a pretty significant accomplishment, but winning two in the same weekend? That is doubly impressive. Gorka Ibañez pulled this off starting with the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Florida State match, held at the Wyoming Antelope Club near Tampa, Florida. Featuring 11 stages, the USPSA match also had over 250 competitors in attendance. Gorka took home first place in the Limited Division for his first win of the weekend.
IDPA in the Pouring Rain
The next day, Gorka Ibañez joined 234 other shooters taking part in the FL State IDPA Championship. The multi-day event saw many shooters battling the torrential downpours that are such a staple in Central Florida “winter” matches. The state level IDPA match was at Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, FL. At this match, Gorka took home a win in Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) division; and second place overall in the match. As mentioned, the weather didn’t cooperate for this one.
First Ever Double State Champion?
It’s pretty likely that someone has pulled off a double state championship before. That being said, it’s extremely unlikely that anyone has ever done it in the same weekend. That’s what makes this impressive, because winning a match isn’t just about shooting fast and accurate. Yes, that’s important, but there’s also the mental aspect. Gorka wasn’t shooting against scrubs. At the IDPA match he had to beat 6 other Masters in ESP, and a few Experts that will get bumped up to Master now. USPSA was the same – Grand Master Manny Bragg was shooting the FL USPSA match. So were a couple of USPSA Master class shooters, including defending IDPA National Champion Les Kismartoni (Les Pepperoni on Practiscore). Maintaining the level of focus necessary to not make a mistake and get eaten by one of those shooting sharks is a tough accomplishment at one match, let alone two back-to-back.
Other Winners from the FL State Championships
At the Florida State USPSA Championship your other division winners are:
- Open: Lesgar “Speedy” Murdock
- Carry Optics: Mason Lane
- PCC: Jason Clark
- Production: Casey Reed
- Revolver: Benjamin Fouse
- Single Stack: Mark Walker
- Overall Lady: Jessica Dorion
Additionally, here are your winners from the FL State IDPA Championship
- CCP: Seth Hayden
- CDP: Xavier Fajardo
- Carry Optics: Luigi Li
- REV: Shawn Upchurch
- SSP: James Ramos
- Overall Lady: Kristen Day
- Most Accurate: Frank Mowry
Congratulations to Gorka Ibañez for his awesome accomplishment, and to all the other winners as well!