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May 20-21, 2017

ALL INDOOR EVENTS
Ruby Community Center

MYLAN PARK | Morgantown, WV

  Presented byGreater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau

Saturday, May 20 | 10am-4pm

Mid-Atlantic & Southern Qualifier Competition

  • 11AM-1PM The Southern Qualifier
  • 2-4PM The Mid-Atlantic Qualifier

Sunday, May 21 | 10am-6pm

U.S. Wood Chopping Championships

  • Springboard Chop
  • Standing Block Chop
  • Stock Saw
  • Underhand Chop
  • Single Buck
  • Hot Saw

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Favorite Lumberjack Disciplines

Underhand Chop

Example of an Underhand Chop
The competitor stands with feet apart on a 12- to 14-inch white pine log. At the signal, he begins to chop through the log with his racing axe.

Hot Saw

Example of a Hot Saw Cut
In this discipline, the competitor uses a customized chainsaw with a modified engine, usually taken from a personal watercraft or snowmobile.

Single Buck

Example of a Single Buck Cut
The competitor makes one cut through 19 inches of white pine using a single man cross-cut saw. The competitor may have a helper wedge his cut into the log to prevent the saw teeth from sticking.

Stock Saw

Example of a Stock Saw Cut
The stock saw discipline is a true test of operator ability. The competitor uses an MS 660 STIHL Magnum® chainsaw and begins with both hands on the log and the chainsaw idling on the deck.

Springboard Chop

Example of a Springboard Chop
A discipline based on the need for old-time loggers to establish a cutting platform above the massive root bases of old growth trees, the competitor uses an axe to chop pockets into a 9-foot poplar pole and then place 6-inch wide springboard platforms into the pockets.

Standing Block Chop

Example of a Standing Block Chop
Mimicking the felling of a tree, the competitor races to chop through 12 to 14 inches of vertical white pine.

 STIHL
TIMBERSPORTS
SERIES
in Morgantown, WV
Meet the Lumberjacks

3rd annual U.S. WoodChopping Championship Competitors 2016
Name About State

Melvin Lentz

AKA "Melvis - The King of the Lumberjacks." From Diana, this 6'4" 240 lb. man has been competing since 1985 and has won six US STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series titles and more. He ranks as one of the top ten US Overall.

WV

Logan Scarborough

From Polkton and at 6'3" and 230 lbs., Logan is a Forestry Consultant at Plank Road Forestry, LLC in Wadesboro and has been competing since 2009. He ranks in the top 10 US Overall.

NC

Matt Slingerland

"Matt Sling", for short, is from Rockwell, stands at 6'1" 215 lbs. and has been competing since 2001. He is a third-generation lumberjack who power lifts five days a week.

NC

Mike Slingerland

"Mr. Wood-Mizer" is from Rockwell and at 5'8" and 230 lbs., he has dedicated 3 days a week to working out. He works as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.

NC

Paul Cogar

This 5'10" 200 lb. logger is from Diana and enjoys a little coon hunting once and a while. He's been in the sport since 1997.

WV

Jerry Gingras

At 5'9" and 205 lbs, "Gizer" is a Powersports Business Owner from Errol and loves to Ski. He has earned multiple US and World records in the Hot Saw Discipline.

NH

Daryl Weakland

From Kannapolis, at 6' and 180 lbs., this Biology teacher spends his free time wood chopping and bow hunting. Since 2005, he has trained by cutting and splitting firewood and practicing the six main disciplines from STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS®.

NC

Trevor Baker

From Poulsbo, At 6' and 245 lbs., Trevor has been chopping since 2001 and log rolling since 1985.

WA

Nathan Waterfield

"Bucket" at 5'10" and 190 lbs., is a small business operator and arborist who enjoys timber framing and home construction. He's been training since 2003. He is current US Champion in the Springboard Chop and ranks in the top ten US Overall.

NY

Arden Cogar, Jr.

At 5'11" and 260 lbs., "Jamie" practices as a Civil Defense Trial Attorney - Member at MacCorkle, Lavender & Sweeney, PLLC. in West Hamlin. He mixes his training with other disciplines like Yoga, self myofascial release and Tai Chi. He's been training since 1987 and is a four time US Overall Champion. He ranks as one of the top ten in US Overall.

WV

Christopher Bradshaw

From Ridgeley standing at 6'2'' and 300 lbs., this log buyer spends 3 to 4 nights a week lifting weights and 2 nights per week chopping. He's been an athlete since 2011.

WV

Richard Jordan

This Sterling Logger, at 5'8" and 200 lbs., enjoys riding on his Harley and has been training since 1987.

CT

Dave Engasser

At 6'1'' and 225 lbs., this Line-man for New York State Electric and Gas is from Virgil and enjoys competitive archery, snow–mobiling and bow hunting. He's been competing since 1993.

NY

Matthew Bolton

Matt is from Canandaigua and is 5'7" and 210 lbs. He is the proud father of two little guys and winner of 2008 Collegiate Championship in Columbus, GA.

NY

Ben Kniceley

At 6'5'' and 230 lbs., Ben is from Shelby and is the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate U.S. Champion of 2015.

NC

Tom Martin

At 6'3'' and 220 lbs., Tom is originally from Ridgecrest, CA and now residing in Bend. He's a history buff who loves wine and self educates in viticulture.

OR

David Moses

"Junior", at 5'11" and 255 lbs., is a tile setter from Snoqualmie who has trained since 1972. He is a Former US Champion in Single Buck.

WA

Mike Sullivan

"Sully" from Colebrook is 6'1" and 205lbs. and works as a lumberjack, chainsaw carver, archery rep. and arborist. He's trained since 1985 and has multiple US and World titles in the Hot Saw Discipline.

CT

Vince Maciel

Part of a group that founded the New England Lumberjack Association, Mr. Maciel also runs a tree service and landscaping company near West Tidsbury. The group’s mission is to have four competitions a year, one of which is at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair.

MA

Josh Wilson

Josh is one of the qualifiers that is featured in one of our favorite articles, "The Battle to be Kings", by Hunter Aktins for National Geographic Magazine.

PA

Trevor Beaudry

6'2'' and 205 lbs., Trevor is a graduate from University of New Hampshire with an animal science major originally from Walpole.

NH

Zach Brouse

The 26-year old graduate of Bedford Area High School and Allegany College of Maryland loves baseball but he's hooked– "I never thought I would like anything more than baseball, but this has surpassed it by all means."

PA

Ben Marshall

Alvirne High School 2007 graduate, Ben went on to attend the University of New Hampshire, where he continued his love for this sport by joining his college’s lumberjack team. He spends his winters at Disney World putting on shows and he travels throughout New England competing against other woodsmen. He has competed in over 12 states.

NH

Justin Sprankle

For being relatively new to the sport, Justin holds his own by placing second in the axe throwing contest at the 2015 Paul Bunyan Competition.

OH

Matt Cogar

From Diana, at 6'4" and 245 lbs., Matt has been competing since 2009 and has much family who are actively involved in the sport. He is current US Overall Champion (2013, 14, 15 and 16). He is the first to hold four consecutive titles in a row. For 2016, he is also the Silver Medal for Single World Champion.

WV

Walt Page

From Tollhouse, at 6'3" and 190 lbs., Walt is a former Western Collegiate qualifier and 2nd place overall finisher in the 2011 US STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Challenge. He is ranked as one of the top ten in US Overall.

CA

Lawrence O'Toole

At 6'5'' and 207 lbs., Lawrence has been Team World Champion 3 times. His favorite discipline is the Underhand Chop and he is from Doncaster, VIC. He ranks top 3 in the world in both Underhand and Standing Block Chops and is current US Open Champion in both of these events.

AUS

Jason McCadden

Officially founded in Fall 2009, the Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club of Alfred State is the brainchild of two Wanakena Ranger School transfer students, one being Jason.

NY

Dave Jewett

"Super Dave", from Pittsford, at 6'3'' and 208 lbs., is a lumberjack competitor, chainsaw carver, log furniture builder and owns a Christmas tree business. He is the top Overall Sawyer in the US., has many world titles, is current US Champion in Single Buck and ranks as one of the top ten US Overall.

NY

Mike Eash

From Coatesville, at 5'10" and 185 lbs., this Jeweler enjoys a good video game especially is it's a challenge to beat. He has been an athlete since the late 90s. He ranks in the top ten US Overall.

PA

Scooter Cogar

Virginia Tech’s Marty M. “Scooter” Cogar II of Blackstone, Va. took first place in the 2011 STIHL® Timbersports® Series Southern Collegiate Championship.

VA

TJ Bexton

One of 2013's Western Qualifiers and One of the top ten in 2014 and 2015, TJ has a reputable history as a timberjack.

OR

Jason Lentz

At 6'6" and 245 lbs., Jason works as a lumberjack and enjoys a good game of basketball. He's from Diana and has been an athlete since 2010. He is the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Pro Qualifier, current US Champion in the Standing Block Chop and ranks in the top ten US Overall.

WV

Bryan Wamsley

Watch this Southern Qualifier from Narrows, Va, at the 2011 Southern Qualifier take out the Standing Block in heat#3.

VA

Kyle Friend

Kyle is a Mid-Atlantic Qualifier Professional Competitor from Kearneysville.

WV

Mark Jones

Mark grew up in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle where he worked on sawmills and now does around 20 competitions a year. He is one of the top Midwest Qualifier Competitors.

VA

Matthew Jones

Matthew and his brother, Mark, often travel to competitions together to compete against one another. Matthew is a Midwest Qualifier Professional Competitor from Inwood.

WV

Mike Forrester

A third-generation competitor in the Stihl® Timbersports® Series and the owner of Honey Creek Excavating.

OR

Calvin Willard

At 6'0 and 180 lbs., Cal started competing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, MT in 2002. His favorite discipline is the Standing Block Chop.

VT

Chris Henning

At 6'3" and 240 lbs., Chris joined Fingerger Lakes Collegiate Woodmans Team in 2000 and has enjoyed lumbersports since.

NY

Ben Hansen

Ben, at 6'2" and 210 lbs., started participating in lumbersports in 2009 and won a collegiate series in 2013.

WI

Ben Whelan

Ben got interested in lumbersports through the University of Minnesota around 2011 and has won a Midwest Qualifier.

MN

Clayton Read

At 6'3" and 231 lbs., Clayton learned lumbersports at the age of 11yrs young, and has been competing in country shows since the age of 26 and now, at the age of 38, competes worldwide.

AUS

Daniel Andersson

Daniel enjoys chainsaw carving and is part of the Sweden Timbersports® Team.

SWE

Adam Lethco

The College Woodsmen's Team at the University of Tennessee introduced Adam to lumber sports in 2008. His favorite discipline is the Standing Springboard Chop.

TN

Jeff Skirvin

Jeff, at 6'4" and 210 lbs. is from Clatskanie and has been traveling to lumberjack events since he was 8yrs young. He enjoys mountain biking and ceramics. He ranks as one of the top ten in US Overall.

OR


2017 Professional STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Results

2017 Professional STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® - Southern Results

Overall Place Name Underhand Springboard Stock Saw Standing Single Buck Hot Saw Points
1 Matt Slingerland DQ 53.53 13.16 22.58 14.31 9.9 37
2 Matt Bolton 30.81 73.8 14.39 28.38 15.73 8.05 32
3 Logan Scarborough 27.63 97.63 12.98 33 15.66 14.13 31
4 Nathan Waterfield 24.43 57.5 DQ 24.79 14.18 DQ 30
5 Adam Lethco 30.68 70.74 13.2 30.4 30.16 19.29 29
6 Mike Slingerland 40.23 94.98 13.81 34.29 14.84 DQ 18
7 Dakota Robarge 35.54 106.53 16.26 32.05 19.18 DQ 14
8 Paul Cogar 38.04 86.53 DQ 34.61 17.79 DQ 11

2017 Professional STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® - Mid-Atlantic Results

Overall Place Name Underhand Springboard Stock Saw Standing Single Buck Hot Saw Points
1 Arden Cogar Jr. 22.16 116.63 13.36 20.76 13.41 28.53 40
2 Trevor Beaudry 27.57 92.05 13.36 28.61 13.53 6.56 37
3 Chris Bradshaw 23.45 155.78 15.73 24.56 14.98 7.88 31
4 Mike Eash 26.15 91.11 DQ 24.13 14.64 DQ 26
5 Mel Lentz 32.36 107.65 13.51 25.26 15.97 15.58 25
6 Zachary Brouse 28.68 172.73 16.53 26.85 15.41 9.16 21
8 Daryl Weakland 35.44 87.1 DQ 33.51 15.37 DQ 14
8 Tyler White 30.26 121.69 14.13 29 16.25 DQ 14

2016 Professional STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Results

2016 Professional STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® - Southern Results

 

Total Points

Competitor

Springboard

Stock

Standing

Single

Underhand

Hot Saw

Total Points

Matt Slingerland 8 5 5 8 7 6 39
Mel Lentz 7 4 7 6 8 7 39
Mike Slingerland 6 8 6 3 6 2 31
Daryl Weakland 4 6 3 5 3 5 26
Paul Cogar 5 7 8 1 1 3 25
Jerry Gingras 1 0 2 4 5 8 20
Logan Scarborough 3 2 4 7 2 0 18
Trevor Baker 2 3 1 2 4 4 16
 

Springboard

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Matt Slingerland 66.93 1 8
Mel Lentz 72.11 2 7
Mike Slingerland 73.95 3 6
Paul Cogar 74.26 4 5
Daryl Weakland 80.56 5 4
Logan Scarborough 100.36 6 3
Trevor Baker 100.78 7 2
Jerry Gingras 119.99 8 1
 

Standing Block

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Paul Cogar 22.23 1 8
Mel Lentz 22.65 2 7
Mike Slingerland 24.26 3 6
Matt Slingerland 25.15 4 5
Logan Scarborough 25.61 5 4
Daryl Weakland 27.91 6 3
Jerry Gingras 32.01 7 2
Trevor Baker 37.4 8 1
 

Underhand

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Mel Lentz 27.73 1 8
Matt Slingerland 27.86 2 7
Mike Slingerland 30.43 3 6
Jerry Gingras 35 4 5
Trevor Baker 38.08 5 4
Daryl Weakland 39.21 6 3
Logan Scarborough 40.56 7 2
Paul Cogar 41.38 8 1
 

Stock Saw

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Mike Slingerland 11.54 1 8
Paul Cogar 11.81 2 7
Daryl Weakland 12.38 3 6
Matt Slingerland 12.75 4 5
Mel Lentz 13.28 5 4
Trevor Baker 13.85 6 3
Logan Scarborough 17.11 7 2
Jerry Gingras 999 DNF/DQ 0
 

Single Buck

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Matt Slingerland 14.08 1 8
Logan Scarborough 15.3 2 7
Mel Lentz 15.33 3 6
Daryl Weakland 15.71 4 5
Jerry Gingras 15.79 5 4
Mike Slingerland 16.43 6 3
Trevor Baker 17.98 7 2
Paul Cogar 21.81 8 1
 

Hot Saw

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Jerry Gingras 5.85 1 8
Mel Lentz 6.39 2 7
Matt Slingerland 7.51 3 6
Daryl Weakland 8.1 4 5
Trevor Baker 8.63 5 4
Paul Cogar 9.25 6 3
Mike Slingerland 9.39 7 2
Logan Scarborough 999 DNF/DQ 0
 
 

2016 Professional STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® - Mid-Atlantic Results

 

Total Points

Competitor

Springboard

Stock

Standing

Single

Underhand

Hot Saw

Total Points

Arden Cogar, Jr. 6 5 8 8 8 5 40
Nathan Waterfield 8 4 6 5 6 7 36
Matt Bolton 7 2 7 6 7 6 35
Richard Jordan 5 8 4 3 4 8 32
Dave Engasser 4 6 2 7 2 4 25
Chris Bradshaw 2 7 5 4 5 0 23
Ben Kniceley 1 3 3 1 3 3 14
Tom Martin 3 0 1 2 1 0 7
 

Springboard

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Nathan Waterfield 56.18 1 8
Matt Bolton 70.21 2 7
Arden Cogar, Jr. 75.43 3 6
Richard Jordan 94.36 4 5
Dave Engasser 111 5 4
Tom Martin 128.86 6 3
Chris Bradshaw 141.04 7 2
Ben Kniceley 141.06 8 1
 

Standing Block

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Arden Cogar, Jr. 21.9 1 8
Matt Bolton 23.56 2 7
Nathan Waterfield 24.91 3 6
Chris Bradshaw 28.18 4 5
Richard Jordan 31.21 5 4
Ben Kniceley 31.46 6 3
Dave Engasser 37.15 7 2
Tom Martin 40.01 8 1
 

Underhand

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Arden Cogar, Jr. 28.03 1 8
Matt Bolton 28.31 2 7
Nathan Waterfield 29.78 3 6
Chris Bradshaw 32.15 4 5
Richard Jordan 35.46 5 4
Ben Kniceley 40.06 6 3
Dave Engasser 44.68 7 2
Tom Martin 49.76 8 1
 

Stock Saw

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Richard Jordan 11.58 1 8
Chris Bradshaw 12.38 2 7
Dave Engasser 12.4 3 6
Arden Cogar, Jr. 12.91 4 5
Nathan Waterfield 13.41 5 4
Ben Kniceley 14.35 6 3
Matt Bolton 15.88 7 2
Tom Martin 999 DNF/DQ 0
 

Single Buck

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Arden Cogar, Jr. 14.45 1 8
Dave Engasser 15.75 2 7
Matt Bolton 15.96 3 6
Nathan Waterfield 16.01 4 5
Chris Bradshaw 17.73 5 4
Richard Jordan 18.63 6 3
Tom Martin 20.28 7 2
Ben Kniceley 22.94 8 1
 

Hot Saw

Competitor
Time
Place
Points
Richard Jordan 7.41 1 8
Nathan Waterfield 7.88 2 7
Matt Bolton 9.06 3 6
Arden Cogar, Jr. 9.28 4 5
Dave Engasser 9.4 5 4
Ben Kniceley 15.18 6 3
Tom Martin 999 DNF/DQ 0
Chris Bradshaw 999 DNF/DQ 0
 

US Wood Chopping Results 2016

US WoodChopping Finals in Morgantown

 
 

Finals of All Events

 

Stand

Underhand Final

Finish

Time

Red

Lawrence O'Toole 1 33.68

Green

Matt Cogar 2  

Blue

Jason Lentz 3  

Black

Arden Cogar Jr. 4  
 

Stand

Single Buck Final

Finish

Time

Red

Dave Jewett 1 11.83

Green

David Moses 2  

Blue

Arden Cogar, Jr. 3  

Black

Matt Slingerland 4  
 

Stand

Standing Chop Final

Finish

Time

Red

Jason Lentz 1 35.71

Green

Walt Page 2  

Blue

Lawrence O'Toole 3  

Black

Matt Cogar 4  
 

Stand

Double Buck Final

Finish

Time

Red

Slingerland/Slingerland 1 5.96

Green

Jones/Jones 2 6.26

Blue

Bradshaw/ A. Cogar 3 6.43

Black

Jordan/Sullivan 4 6.53
 

Stand

Springboard Final

Finish

Time

Red

Walt Page 1 46.28

Green

Nathan Waterfield 2 57.78

Blue

Dave Jewett 3 59.33

Black

Adam Lethco 4 1.28.85
 

Stand

Hot Saw Final

Finish

Time

Red

Mike Sullivan 1 5.86

Green

Matt Cogar 2 6.03

Blue

Trevor Beaudry 3 11.77

Black

Dave Jewett 4 DQ
 

Top 2016 Mid-Atlantic and Southern Pro Qualifiers

Arden "Jamie" Cogar

2016 Mid-Atlantic Pro Qualifier, Arden Cogar

2016-17 Mid-Atlantic Pro Qualifier

West Hamlin, WV


Matt "Sling" Slingerland

2016 Stihl Timbersports Southern Qualifier First Matt Slingerland

2016-17 Southern Pro Qualifier

Rockwell, NC


Melvis "Mel" Lentz

2016 Stihl Timbersports Southern Qualifier First Melvis Lentz

2016 Southern Pro Qualifier

Diana, WV


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