Saturday’s seventh annual Three Rivers Roleo log rolling tournament in Onalaska was a splashing success.

With 26 competitors in the pro division, the Roleo was second only to the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward in terms of number of professional entries and prize money offered, according to organizer Katie Rick, a pro log roller herself.

“The tournament went wonderful,” Rick said, noting there was a great turnout of spectators, many of whom took advantage of the chance to try log rolling themselves.

Among the pros who competed was nine-time world champion J.R. Salzman, making his first appearance at the Onalaska event. He won the men’s pro division, besting pro division rookie Garrick Birdsong of Onalaska, who beat some tough competition to get to the finals.

In the women’s division, another local competitor, Emily Christopherson, also took second, with Gretchen Greene winning top honors. Christopherson is a Bangor native.

Livi Poppadopolous of Holmen won the U13 girls division, while Morgan Thill of La Crosse won the U10 girls division.

Other champions included Mathias Klingemann in U17 co-ed, Carson Poupore in U13 boys, Dominick Magnone in U10 boys and Libby Magnone in the U7 division.

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Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or

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