Cogar won the 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Pro Championship in front of thousands of raucous fans and became the only American athlete to ever win six straight U.S. titles
Matt Cogar proved he's one of the best TIMBERSPORTS® athletes of all time. Cogar won the 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Pro Championship in front of thousands of raucous fans and became the only American athlete to ever win six straight U.S. titles. Cogar was near the leaderboard throughout the competition, but trailed Matt Slingerland going into the final event. Cogar was lightning fast in the Hot Saw, finishing in 5.69 seconds. The score was good enough for second in the event, and led to a Championship win. Jason Lentz finished second at the Championship, and Matt Slingerland finished in third.
"It's never easy winning these. The athletes up here are the best logger sports
athletes in the country," said Cogar. "I'm honored to compete alongside them, and I feel blessed to have won this."
His victory also gives him the honor of representing the U.S. at the 2018 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Individual World Championship in October in Liverpool, England.
This year STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® made history by having the American women compete on the same stage as the men. Erin LaVoie outlasted an incredibly talented field of female athletes to win the Women's Division Championship ahead of Martha King in second and Nancy Zalewski in third place. This was the second year of the Women's Division in the USA.
The future of the sport was on display as the best collegiate athletes competed for the Collegiate Championship. Rainer Shooter of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point not only won the Collegiate Championship, but will also represent the U.S. in the Rookie World Championship in 2019, and will be a member of the Team USA relay team at the World Championship in October. He'll join professionals Cogar, Matt Slingerland, Jason Lentz, Walt Page and Adam LaSalle on Team USA.
The weekend also featured the Champions Trophy qualifier. The thrilling endurance contest features athletes competing in the Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and Standing Block in succession. Matt Cogar also won that event and will compete at the Champions Trophy in 2019.