STIHL Announces 2013 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Professional Lumberjack Competitors

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The Original Extreme Sport will return to the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud for the U.S. Championships this June

STIHL Inc., creator and producer of the premier lumberjack sports event, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Ram Trucks, announced today the top 40 professional lumberjack athletes who will compete in the 2013 U.S. Series. From countless applicants, only the top 40 choppers/sawyers have qualified for the premier lumberjack competition. This year’s roster features a strong mix of veteran and rookie competitors who are determined to prove their lumberjack chops as they vie for the national title. For the second year, the Series will return to the Great Smoky Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. for the highly-anticipated STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championships June 7-9, 2013.

“As the saw-screaming action begins again this March, fans from all over the country will have the opportunity to witness top athletes contend for a slice of the U.S. Championship title,” said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. “Since 1985, STIHL has identified the nation’s top lumberjack athletes through the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. We are thrilled to debut one of our most competitive and diverse fields yet.”

Arden Cogar Jr., a civil defense trial attorney from West Hamlin, W. Va., returns to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series for his 26th season to defend his national title as the 2011 and 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Champion. Tim Benedict, a recent graduate of Penn State, will make his debut among the pros this season after winning the 2012 Collegiate Championship, which gave him an automatic spot in the 2013 Pro Series. In addition, two familiar faces from the Lumberjack Feud, Derek Knutson and Andrew Mattison, will rejoin the ranks of the Original Extreme Sport this year both competing in the Southern Qualifier.

Additional former collegiate competitors who have moved up into the pro ranks and will compete again this season include David Green from Sisters, Ore., Adam LaSalle from Fairplay, Colo., Walter Page from Tollhouse, Calif., Will Roberts from Cortland, NY, Logan Scarborough from Polkton, NC and Nathan Waterfield from Cherry Valley, NY. Additionally, three sets of father-son lumberjacks will compete this season, including Paul and Matt Cogar (cousins of Arden Cogar), Mel and Jason Lentz and Mike and Matt Slingerland.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series pro competition consists of six professional lumberjack disciplines, the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. Held in conjunction with the Collegiate Series, the qualifying rounds pit the top eight lumberjacks in the region against each other with the top four pro athletes from each advancing to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Pro Championship at the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud June 7-9. These four individuals will not only compete against other competitors from around the country for the championship crown, but will also join together to represent their regions in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Relay Competition. In addition to the ultimate bragging rights in lumberjack sports and a Ram 1500 truck, the top U.S. competitor also advances to the World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany Oct. 25-26.

Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, attracts the world’s top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. The Series is seen by millions of viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport, Outdoor Channel and ESPNU.

Get the latest information, stay up to date on news and competition and access behind-the-scenes photos and videos by joining the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series community online and on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The 2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series schedule and competitor roster is included below.

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL's website at

*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2011 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.

STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV, and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series airs on ESPNU. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is the pinnacle event in lumberjack sports. Since 1985 the Series has grown to become the premier showcase of the decades old sport of lumberjacking with competitions held around the world.

The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with "STIHL."

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2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Dates and Locations

  • Southern Qualifier hosted by Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., March 15
  • Midwest Qualifier hosted by Michigan State in Lansing, Mich., April 6
  • Mid-Atlantic Qualifier hosted by Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC, April 14
  • Northeast Qualifier hosted by Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, April 19
  • Western Qualifier hosted by University of Montana in Missoula, Mont., April 26
  • U.S. and Collegiate Championships hosted by The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 7-9

2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series Competitors

Southern Qualifier:    
Mel Lentz, Diana, W. Va.
Mike Slingerland, Rockwell, NC
Matt Slingerland, Rockwell, NC
Paul Cogar, Diana, W. Va.
Derek Knutson, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Andrew Mattison, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Logan Scarborough, Polkton, NC
Daryl Weakland, Kannapolis, NC

Midwest Qualifier:
Matthew Cogar, Diana, W. Va.
Carson Bosworth, Lake Geneva, Wis.
Matthew Marks, Middlesex, NY
Warrick Hallett, Glencoe, Minn.
Jason Lentz, Diana, W. Va.
James Hartley, Colbert, Wash.
Adam LaSalle, Fairplay, Colo.
Mark Jones, Princeton, W. Va.

Mid-Atlantic Qualifier:
Arden Cogar, Jr., West Hamlin, W. Va.
Nathan Waterfield, Cherry Valley, NY
Harry Burnsworth, Mill Run, Pa.
Mike Eash, Coatesville, Pa.
Chris Bradshaw, Ridgeley, W. Va.
Mike Koers, Russell, Pa.
Paul Pfenninger, Scottsville, NY
Tim Benedict, Pittsfield, Pa.

Northeast Qualifier:
David Jewett, Pittsford, NY
Mike Sullivan, Winsted, Conn.
Richard Jordan, Sterling, Conn.
Will Roberts, Cortland, NY
Wally Robarge, Naples, NY
Calvin Willard, Barnet, Vt.
Dave Engasser, Cortland, NY
Jerry Gingras, Errol, NH

Western Qualifier:
Branden Sirguy, Port Angeles, Wash.
David Moses, Snoqualmie, Wash.
Mike Forrester, Glide, Ore.
Rob Waibel, West Linn, Ore.
Jeff Skirvin, Clatskanie, Ore.
Walter Page, Tollhouse, Calif.
David Green, Sisters, Ore.    
TJ Bexton, Hoquiam, Wash.

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