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Paul Smith's student saws his way to a win

PAUL SMITHS Hordes of students, fans, families and even dogs gathered at the University of New Hampshire last weekend to see student lumberjacks representing 12 schools across the Northeast compete in a chopping and sawing battle for a stake in the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Series Championship. Paul Smiths College competitor Matt Bolton chopped and sawed his way to victory through his cumulative points gathered in the underhand chop, stock saw and single buck events. Bolton also became the fourth student lumberjack to earn a ticket to the Collegiate Championship to be held June 27 in Columbus, Ga. As part of his win, Stihl will pay Boltons way to the Collegiate Championship, including travel and lodging for the lumberjack and his coach. He also earned a $1,000 scholarship for his school from Stihl. Matt Bolton's consistency proved crucial to his victory. Taking second place in the underhand chop, fourth in the stock saw and first in the single buck, Bolton showed strength in his overall performance because as he entered the third discipline, the single buck, University of Connecticuts Corey Christians and Bolton were neck and neck in points. Bolton was able to seal his win with a single buck time of 16.81 seconds. The University of New Hampshire's Josh Edwards took third place, followed by John Little from Finger Lakes Community College. Rounding out the top five was Devin Randall, representing Unity College. For more information, go to www.ESPNOutdoors,com and click on Timbersports, or visit www.stihltimbersports.com.

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