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Penn College Team Places Third in Regional Woodsman’s Meet


Pennsylvania College of Technology student Sandra M. Angstadt, of Kutztown, competes in the Women%E2%80%99s Speed Chop during the Mid-Atlantic Woodsman%E2%80%99s Meet. She placed second in the event and third in two others. Ty M. Buffington, of Lykens, finished first in the Men's Chain Saw category. Penn College finished third overall.Pennsylvania College of Technology finished third overall, and 10 of its students placed in their respective events during the Mid-Atlantic Woodsman’s Meet at Penn State Mont Alto.

“It was definitely an opportunity that the students will never forget,” said Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology in the college’s School of Natural Resources Management. “The weather Saturday (April 16) was not in our favor, but all the teams competing persevered and worked together to make the best of a soggy situation.”

Doebler, joined by co-adviser Jack E. Fisher, instructor of forestry, said the college’s team turned in an excellent performance from the standpoint of technique and in supporting its members as they competed.

Unless noted otherwise, all students are forest technology majors at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.

John P. Gildea chops his way through the Pole Fell, supported by teammates Michael J. McGrady (in orange bandanna) and Brian A. Tomassacci. At left are co-advisers Jack E. Fisher (in camouflage) and Erich R. Doebler.Ty M. Buffington, of Lykens, finished first in the Men’s Chain Saw category.

Second-Place Winners Dendrology Matthew R. Crosbie, Cogan Station

Female Speed Chop Sandra M. Angstadt, Kutztown, ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis

Men’s Pole Climb Zachery G. Hess, Nescopeck

Angela M. Poleto, a forest technology student from Lock Haven, during the Bolt Split event.Third-Place WinnersArchery, Men’s Chain Saw, Pulp Toss (Distance) and Men’s Chain Saw Brian A. Tomassacci, Shickshinny

Belayed Speed Climb and Men’s Ax Throw Zachery Hess

Female Chain Saw Sandra Angstadt

Female Cross Cut Sandra Angstadt and Angela M. Poleto, Lock Haven

Log Roll Angstadt, Joseph J. Belzer, Cogan Station; Matthew Crosbie; and Zachary C. Shaffer, Montoursville

Pole Fell John P. Gildea and Michael J. McGrady, both of Bear Creek Township

Gildea also was the college’s representative in the Stihl Timbersports College Series qualifier.

Thomas D. Miller, a technology management major from Wellsboro, also competed at the meet, which was won by Haywood Community College in Clyde, N.C. The team from the host campus placed second overall.

For information about majors in the School of Natural Resources Management, visit online or call 570-320-8038.

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Photos by Desiree Doebler

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