Log Rolling returned to Gladstone, MI, yesterday after 19 years of being away. The KRICK US Log Rolling Open had 23 competitors for the 3rd annual US Log Rolling Open. Anthony Polentini of Oconomowoc, WI upset the reigning US Log Rolling Open Champion, Connor Birdsong of Onalaska, WI winning 3 to 0 in the Men’s division. This was a repeat final of the first United States Log Rolling Association tournament of the year with a different outcome. Anthony Polentini is a 16 year old Rookie competitor. The women’s division was also won by a Rookie competitor, Livi Pappadopoulos of Holmen, WI defeating Ellie Davenport of Hudson, WI. Ellie Davenport was the runner up in 2016 and the champion at the 2017 US Log Rolling Open.
Competitors came from across the country including New York, Connecticut, Oregon, Florida, California and the majority from Wisconsin.
Birdsong and Pappadopoulos have been rolling together since their early Amateur days at the La Crosse, WI YMCA and Onalaska Park and Rec program. Their training partners include former coaches Emily Christopherson and Katie Rick, who were coached by Margaret Bulk, in addition to Kody Kolblitz and Garrick Birdsong.
The tournament was co-directed by Dan McDonough for Jack Pine Lumberjack Shows in Mackinaw City, MI, and Katie Rick of KRICK log rolling in Onalaska, WI.