“You’ve got ten athletes looking to fight for a chance to go to the national championship,” said Sorgen, on the Cooperstown qualifier.
Sorgen said that while most of the athletes in the regional qualifiers are from the region they are trying to qualify in, athletes are sometimes moved in order to ensure good competition.
“We wanted to be around a region that had some historical significance,” said Sorgen, on why Cooperstown was picked to host the Northeast Qualifier this year.
He also said that details on the exact venue are still being finalized.
The U.S. championship will be held in Norfolk, Va. from June 20 to June 22. The winner of the U.S. Championship, in addition to prize money and a Dodge Ram truck, gets to represent the United States in the Word Championship against the champions of more than 20 other nations. The World Championship competition is typically held in Europe, and will take place in Austria this year.
U.S. Champion, Matt Cogar, won the silver medal at the 2013 World Championship.
In addition to the professional series, there is also a college competition, with 62 colleges participating. The Collegiate Championship will also take place from June 20 to 22 in Norfolk.
Four-time U.S. Champion Arden Cogar Jr., of West Hamlin W.V., has already been announced as a competitor who will be coming to Cooperstown.
Cogar, 43, has been competing in the series since 1987 when he was 17. His greatest success, however, has been in recent years, having won the U.S. Championship in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. In 2013, 2010, 2008 he finished second, losing in 2013 to Matt Cogar, his 26-year-old cousin.
Although Cogar has represented the U.S. at the World Championships four times, he has yet to make the podium there.
Cogar said that much of the sport centers on technique and finesse, enabling him to improve in middle age.