STIHL: Two Wisconsin lumberjacks advance to STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships
Carson Bosworth from Lake Geneva, Wis. placed second in the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Midwest Pro Qualifier hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Treehaven Field Station in Tomahawk, Wis. earlier today. By placing in the top four, Bosworth will advance to the U.S. Championship hosted by The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. June 1-3.
Ben Hansen, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point placed first in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Midwest Collegiate Championship. Not only will he advance to the Collegiate Championship, hosted in conjunction with the U.S. Championship, he won a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his school.
Competition photos and competitor interviews are available upon request. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series airs on Outdoor Channel and ESPNU.
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 1-3. 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 receiving the ultimate bragging rights in lumberjack sports and a Ram 1500 truck, the top U.S. competitor also advances to the World Championship in Lillehammer, Norway Sept. 8-9.
In the Collegiate Series, the participating schools select their best lumberjacks/jills to go head-to-head in four disciplines, the single buck, stock saw, standing block chop and underhand chop using professional rules and professional-sized wood with the ESPNU cameras catching all the wood-chopping action. The competitor with the most cumulative points after all four disciplines advances to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship.
The Collegiate Championship, held every year in conjunction with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Pro Championship, pits the five regional collegiate champions and one wildcard pick against each other. The collegiate champion not only wins an automatic spot in the Pro Series the following season, but also a spot competing on the rookie relay team in the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship held in Lillehammer, Norway Sept. 8-9.