West Virginia's Arden Cogar Jr. Wins Fourth STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series U.S.Championship

Wynyard and DeLosa Claim Top New Zealand and Australia Spots
Release Date: 8/30/2011
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Arden Cogar Jr., 2011 US Champion

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SALEM, Ore. (Aug. 30, 2011) – The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Ram Trucks returned to the Oregon State Fair for a second year Aug. 26-28, 2011. Under the warm Oregon sun, Arden Cogar, Jr. from West Hamlin, W.Va., chopped and sawed his way to his fourth STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series U.S. Championship victory. Cogar beat out seven U.S. competitors for not only bragging rights, but the opportunity to represent the United States at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series presented by Ram Trucks World Championship in Roermond, Holland Sept. 3-4, where he will take on the best competitors from around the world.  

The U.S. Championship offered fans plenty of excitement and intensity. In Friday’s first round, the U.S. pro competitors competed in two pools of 10, racing the clock and each other in the six lumberjack disciplines, the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop with the top four in each pool advancing to Saturday’s Championship round. Despite a disqualification in the stock saw on Saturday, Cogar remained vigilant and persevered.

“I’m extremely humbled and honored to have performed as well as I did in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championship,” said Cogar. “I went into the event with no expectations after disqualifying in the stock saw. I didn’t give myself much hope, but instead of lamenting, I shrugged my shoulders and laughed and had a wonderful time.”

Other U.S. competitors, including Matt Cogar, Branden Sirguy, Jeff Skirvin and Warrick Hallett, will make the trip to Holland for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship team relay competition. In the relay competition, four representatives from participating countries face off in a four-discipline race featuring the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. The U.S. competitors who advanced were determined based on who posted the best times in the respective disciplines in the U.S. Championship. The pro competitors representing the U.S. are Matt Cogar in the single buck, Arden Cogar Jr. in the standing block chop, Sirguy in the underhand chop, Skirvin in the stock saw and Hallett as the alternate. The U.S. team placed second in the world in the 2010 team relay competition.  

Joining the U.S. professional competitors in Holland will be our U.S. National Collegiate Champion Daniel Jones from Hayward Community College in Clyde, NC.  Daniel will travel overseas to participate on the international rookie relay team and has earned a spot as a professional competitor in the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS season.

New Zealand and Australia’s national competition were also held at the U.S. Championships.  Jason Wynyard sealed the top spot for New Zealand and Brad Delosa finished as the top Australian competitor. During the overall cross-country STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Championships at the Fair, Wynyard outscored the others, giving him is 10th overall victory, winning him a 1500 Ram Truck and further securing his dominance in the popular international lumberjack competition. Wynyard and DeLosa will also advance to the World Championships, each representing their respective countries.

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 more than 20 million viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport and ESPN, where it is one of the longest running shows.

The 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series will air on ESPN2 beginning Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. EST. Visit STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US for the full TV schedule.

Get the latest information and up-to-date news and video on all the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions by going to STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US. Access behind-the-scenes photos and video on Facebook and YouTube.


The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championships Final Results

Rank

Competitor

Hometown

Points

1

Jason Wynyard

Massey , New Zealand

50

2

Brad DeLosa

Lithgow , Australia

47

3

Arden Cogar, Jr.

West Hamlin, W. Va.

46

4

Laurence O’Toole

Doncaster , Australia

45

5

David Bolstad

Taumarunui , New Zealand

43

6

Mel Lentz

Diana , W.Va.

41

7

Matt Cogar

Diana , W.Va.

40

8

Branden Sirguy

Port Angeles , Wash.

35

9

Dave Jewett

Pittsford , NY

32

10

Warrick Hallett

Glencoe , Minn.

31

11

Carson Bosworth

Lake Geneva , Wis.

29

12

Mike Sullivan

Winsted , Conn.

11


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 www.stihlusa.com.
 
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STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the ESPN2 cable network, 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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