COLUMBUS, Ga. The Adirondack Mountains have a new lumberjackofficially.
Paul Smith's College's Matt Bolton took the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series championship on Sunday during the Aflac Outdoor Games. Bolton's win earned him an automatic spot in the professional series field next year.
"Now, I've got to get a single bucker, a couple new axes and try to find a hot saw," the ecstatic 24-year-old said.
After a dominating performance on Saturday and winning all three events in which he participated, Bolton captured enough points to take the title.
The top finishers in the stock saw, underhand chop and single buck advanced to face Bolton in each event on Sunday, but with such a strong lead, Bolton needed only to appear in each event on Sunday to seal his victory.
"I talked to my two coaches and they said I could easily just lay back and coast," the Collegiate Series winner said. "But I was like no, I'm going for it."
Bolton faced Colorado State University's Adrian Flygt in the stock sawthe Collegiate Series competition's first event of the day. But unfortunately, Bolton's hand caught the switch on the MS 660 and choked out the engine. Flygt easily beat Bolton who managed to finish the event after several attempts at restarting.
Even though he had already mathematically won, Bolton still had big plans for Sunday.
"I still wanted to beat yesterday's time on everything," Bolton said. "I guess that's kind of what happened on the stock sawI got too excited."
In the underhand chop, Bolton posted a 23.84 time to outpace Corey Christians from the University of Connecticut. Bolton made light work of the white pine and held his razor-sharp ax high above his head in celebration after the win.
Montgomery Community College's Matt Slingerland posted a time four hundredths of a second faster than Bolton in the last event, the single buck. Exerting a noticeable amount of energy with every stroke, both competitors pushed the limit. With two times in the 17-second range, each man posted professional-level times.
Bolton better get used to posting professional-level timesafter all, he will be a pro next year.
And while he'll also have to compete in three additional events, he already has a head start.
"I've already done springboard and standing block in Alaska," he said.