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Log rolling elite in Onalaska for Three Rivers Roleo

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Log rolling's elite were in Onalaska Saturday for the 8th Annual Three Rivers Roleo.

The 2015 Three Rivers Roleo had six former world champions and multiple former Three Rivers Roleo champions. The competition pitted the log rollers against each other in head to head bracket competition.  

Nine rollers competed in the men's professional bracket, with thirteen women competing in the women's professional bracket.  

For the men, West Salem's Carl Rick went up against nine time World Champion JR Salzman in the final. Salzman took three falls for the win.

"It was a tough match, it was a running match, in that we're both facing the same direction," Salzman said afterward. "But you know, I managed to grit it out, and stay on a bit longer, and pull it off."

In the women's competition, defending Roleo champion Gretchen Greene took on Hudson's Ellie Davenport. Greene took the win after three long matches.

"I think that was probably one of my longest matches," Greene said. "We were on the four log for most of the match, which is the smallest log, and it spins really fast, and even though sometimes we look like we're - maybe we look like we're in pretty good control - you still have to be moving your feet really quick."

Dozens of adult and youth amateurs also competed at the Three Rivers Roleo. Some of them will head to Hayward in two weeks for the Lumberjack World Championships.

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