As for the competition itself, Cogar said he is confident that he will be among the five competitors from the Northeast Qualifier who will go on to the U.S. Championship.
“I have no doubt that I will advance,” he said.
Cogar said he felt most confident in the single buck and in the three chopping events.
“All things being equal people will have a hard time beating me in the chopping events,” he said.
Cogar says that he thinks that Dave Jewett, of Pittsford N.Y., will be fighting him for first place at this year’s Northeast Qualifier. As for who the other three competitors will be who move on, Cogar says that he thinks it is anyone’s game.
“That’s going to be the real drama,” he said.
Sorgen said that the Northeast produces many very strong timber sports athletes.
“The Northeast is actually our hotbed of athletics,” said Sorgen.
“I anticipate the event in Cooperstown to be one of our tightest races.”
Cogar singled out New York specifically for praise, noting the strong programs at a number of the state’s colleges.
“New York State has the largest collection of extremely talented (young) timber sports athletes,” he said.
In addition to the individual event at the U.S. Championship, four-man relay teams from each region will also compete against one another to determine the best region.
“The northeast is going to be a lot better with me up there,” Cogar said.
The series will be broadcast on ABC, in a programming block that highlights other extreme sporting events, such as those run by Red Bull and the X Games.
“There’s definitely going to be some exposure for Cooperstown on the ABC broadcast,” Sorgen said.
He also said he thinks the broadcast, which will air at 5 p.m. on the last two Sundays in September and the first Sunday in October, has the potential to increase interest in timber sports.