STIHL Announces 2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series Professional Lumberjack Competitors

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

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – 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.

Competition Locations

Region / Location Venue City / State Date
Southern Qualifier Auburn University Auburn, AL March 15
Midwest Qualifier Michigan State University Lansing, MI April 6
Mid-Atlantic Qualifier Haywood Community College Clyde, NC April 14
Northeast Qualifier Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, NY April 19
Western Qualifier Missoula County Fairgrounds Missoula, MT April 26
U.S. and Collegiate Championships Lumberjack Feud Pigeon Forge, TN June 7-9


2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Competitors

Southern Qualifier Midwest Qualifier Mid-Atlantic Qualifier Northeast Qualifier Western Qualifier
Mel Lentz
Diana, W. Va.
Matthew Cogar
Diana, W. Va.
Arden Cogar, Jr.
West Hamlin, W. Va.
David Jewett
Pittsford, NY
Branden Sirguy
Port Angeles, Wash.
Mike Slingerland
Rockwell, NC
Carson Bosworth
Lake Geneva, Wis.
Nathan Waterfield
Cherry Valley, NY
Mike Sullivan
Winsted, Conn.
David Moses
Snoqualmie, Wash.
Matt Slingerland
Rockwell, NC
Matthew Marks
Middlesex, NY
Harry Burnsworth
Mill Run, Pa.
Richard Jordan
Sterling, Conn.
Mike Forrester
Glide, Ore.
Paul Cogar
Diana, W. Va.
Warrick Hallett
Glencoe, Minn.
Mike Eash
Coatesville, Pa.
Will Roberts
Cortland, NY
Rob Waibel
West Linn, Ore.
Derek Knutson
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Jason Lentz
Diana, W. Va.
Chris Bradshaw
Ridgeley, W. Va.
Wally Robarge
Naples, NY
Jeff Skirvin
Clatskanie, Ore.
Andrew Mattison
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
James Hartley
Colbert, Wash.
Mike Koers
Russell, Pa.
Calvin Willard
Barnet, Vt.
Walter Page
Tollhouse, Calif.
Logan Scarborough
Polkton, NC
Adam LaSalle
Fairplay, Colo.
Paul Pfenninger
Scottsville, NY
Dave Engasser
Cortland, NY
David Green
Sisters, Ore.
Daryl Weakland
Kannapolis, NC
Mark Jones
Princeton, W. Va.
Tim Benedict
Pittsfield, Pa.
Jerry Gingras
Errol, NH
T.J. Bexton
Hoquiam, Wash.


Check out all the 2013 Professional Competitors here.