Cassidy Scheer

Cassidy Scheer pulls off major upset to win the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championship.

Scheer overtook six-time champion Matt Cogar in the final discipline for his first STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Championship victory

Cassidy Scheer achieved what most thought was unthinkable. The Golden Valley, Minn. native defeated six-time U.S. champion Matt Cogar for a thrilling victory in the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Men’s Championship. The Women’s and Collegiate Championship also took place during the weekend, and to read about them, click here.

“It’s incredible to be standing here a champion,” said Scheer after his win. “Matt [Cogar] has been a tremendous ambassador for the sport, and my hat’s off to him. I was able to bring my best game today, and I’m thankful it held up and I was able to take home the title.”

Going into the final discipline, the hot saw, Scheer trailed Cogar by three points. Scheer finished his hot saw with a time of 5.96, before Cogar, who had just the night before in the semifinals set the unofficial world record in the hot saw at 5.02, took the stage. Cogar made his cut, but his hot saw bounced off the ground after the final cut, making contact with the bottom of the log outside the designated cut area, which led to a disqualification.

Scheer was able to hold off newcomer and second-place finisher Nate Hodges by one point to win the Championship. Matt Slingerland finished in third for the third straight year. Scheer earned a John Deere gator as part of his championship prize package, while Hodges was awarded a Duluth Trading Company prize pack.

Scheer, who has been involved in lumberjack sports for more than 15 years, is a rising star in STIHL TIMBERSPORTS ®. This was just his third time on the Championship stage, after finishing 8th in 2017 and in 6th in 2018. He’ll represent the U.S. in the World Championships in Prague in November.

The Championship competition format is comprised of three rounds, with two athletes eliminated after the first and second round. Scheer easily advanced after the first round, and in round two his third and second place finishes in the singlebuck and springboard disciplines set him up for the tense hot saw finale with Cogar.

The Men’s Championship featured the top 20 lumberjack sports athletes in the country competing in six disciplines – the underhand chop, standing block chop, stock saw, singlebuck, springboard chop and hot saw. The 20 athletes competed in pool qualifiers the night before the final, and the top five from each pool advanced to the Championship.

The Championship featured several record-breaking performances. Along with Cogar’s unofficial hot saw record, there were three U.S. men’s records broken. Matt Marks set the stock saw record with a 10.006; Cogar broke the singlebuck record with a 9.851; and Hodges broke the springboard record with a 37.271. The Championship took place in front of an excited and raucous crowd at German Fest in Milwaukee with 5,000+ fans in attendance. This was the third straight year the Championships took place in Milwaukee.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Championships aired live on the sport’s Facebook and YouTube channels, and fans can re-watch Men’s livestream. Fans can also watch the Championships on CBS Sports Network beginning in mid-September. There will be 15 shows on CBS Sports Network throughout the year, and one show on CBS in November.