A University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point senior has earned a spot on the U.S. Timbersports relay team after winning the 2013 STIHL Timbersports Series collegiate championship.
Ben Hansen, a forestry management major from Milladore, won the national title at the competition held in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 7–9. The collegiate championship will air on the Outdoor Channel on Wednesday, June 12, at 7 a.m., on Thursday, June 13, at 8 a.m. and on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m.
Hansen won first place in the single buck competition, second place in the standing chop block, third place in the stock saw competition and third place in the underhand chop, then won the championship by one point. Adam LaSalle, 2009 graduate and UW-Stevens Point’s other collegiate timbersports champion and a professional lumberjack, coached him during the event.
Hansen will compete with the U.S. Timbersports relay team at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, October 24–26. He will also compete as a professional in the 2014 STIHL Timbersports series.
UW-Stevens Point is one of two schools that have had two student collegiate timbersports champions. The university has also won four Midwest regional timbersports titles through LaSalle (2009), Andrew Gollnick, 2012 graduate (2010), and Hansen (2011 and 2012), and three Midwest Foresters’ Conclave team championships. This competition combines tree and wood identification with sawing, chopping and log-rolling techniques.