Robinson and Marietta win WINTERNATIONALS

February 26, 2019

Snowmobilers from four states braved the snow falling and snow on Whealkate Bluff to compete at this past Saturday’s Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Snowmobile Hillclimb.  

Afton, Wyoming’s Tyler Robinson swept all four of the Pro Mod Classes to win the Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill. With no other hillclimbers winning a Pro Mod Class, Robinson didn’t even need to compete in a “shoot-out.”

Pro Mod King of the Hill Tyler Robinson

That wasn’t the case in the Houghton Powersports Pro Stock King of the Hill. Hubbell’s Jimmy Marietta had two shots in the shoot-out by winning the M & M Powersports Pro Open Stock and the Great Lakes Mineral Pro Stock 850 Class.  

Also qualifying for the Pro Stock King of the Hill Shoot-out was Brillion, Wisconsin’s Bob Berghuis and Trimountain’s Roger Strack. Berghuis won the Diamond House International Pro Stock 700 class on a Polaris, while Strack won the Mosquito Inn Pro Stock 600 Class on a Polaris.

The racer “draw” for that shoot-out was the second course. Marietta drew to run first, where he made the 200-yard steep bluff in 20.057 seconds. Strack went second and made the hill in 26.420 seconds. By this time the snow conditions on the hill made it difficult to make it through the timing chute. Marietta’s second run was 35.620 seconds. Berghuis failed to make the hill on the final run.  

This gave Marietta his second Pro Stock King of the Hill. He also won the Triest Forest Products-Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH) on February 2nd.

Todd Royce (left) with Pro Stock King of the Hill Jimmy Marietta (right)

Unlike the MACH, the Toucan’s Auto Repair Sno-Bike King of the Hill had the tracked motorcycles run around the six gates on the hill. Albany, Minnesota’s Adam Vowles set the bar early with a 22.647 run on the first round. The motorcyclist that did so well at last summer’s Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff, Mike Chopp, had a 24.099-second run in that first round.

Only one other rider of the nine competing made the hill in the first round. That was Afton, Wyoming’s Justin Visser.

It was in the second round that Chassell’s Kyle Wadaga turned in an amazing 21.981-second run—a run that would give him the Sno-Bike King of the Hill. His run matched many of the winning times set by the professional snowmobile hillclimbers.

The children between the ages of 12 and 17 competed in the Krupp’s Mini-Mart Junior Division King of the Hill. With Greenland’s Wyatt McIntyre winning the Junior Division at the MACH and qualifying for the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyoming, he decided not to compete in the WINTERNATIONALS Junior Division.

None of the three Junior Division racers made it up the hill in their first attempt.  “These brave young racers did not have to go around the gates, but with the ruts in the deep hill from the Sno-Bikes, and the deep snow, they still had a stiff challenge,” explained MASTERS Official Wayne Soderbeck. The event is sanctioned by the Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, commonly known as the MASTERS.

In the second attempt, Bessemer’s Keegan Boggetto went right to the base of the “wall” at the top of the hill where the timing chute begins. Boggetto didn’t make it over the top.

Then Allouez’s Kolten Laurie made it over the top with an impressive 19.331-second run. This brought out a roar of excitement from the hundreds of fans attending the hillclimb.

With the final run in the Junior King of the Hill, Nisula’s Kaiden Kaurala showed the digital timer to have a 19.292 second run to win the King of the Hill.

The Daily Mining Gazette 120 class had excitement all their own. The children between the ages of 5 and 12 raced both Stock and Modified children’s snowmobiles to see who could go farthest up the hill.

Nolan Bolgetto, Lucas Solbers, Braden Rose

Nolan Boggetto, Keegan’s younger brother, went the farthest—80 yards—for the win. Harvey’s Braden Rose took a second by going 74 yards, and Ontonagon’s Lucas Solbers took a third by going 61 yards.

“It was in the Stock 120 class where all four of the entries were going to pretty much the same spot,” commented Soderbeck. “It was three of the kids that went the exact same spot in both runs; thus we had to put them side by side to race at the same time to determine the winner.”

“Solbers on his Stock 120 went the farthest, by inches,” Soderbeck explained. Rose took a second, and the MACH King of the Hill winner, Klayton Kin of Ontonagon, took a third.

Klayton Kin, Braden Rose, Lucas Solbers, Sunshine Oelfke

The young girl who drew national media attention by giving up her piggy bank money to buy some of her classmates milk money at school, Sunshine Oelfke of Ishpeming, failed to advance to the final by less than 5 yards.

For the first time the MASTERS held a Vintage King of the Hill for snowmobiles 1993 and older. These short-track snowmobiles had a difficult time going through the deep snow. Winning the first Triest Forest Products Vintage King of the Hill was Gross Isle, Michigan’s Brian Parvin, who got his old Yamaha to go 71 yards.

It was in the Pro Stock 850 class that Marietta set the fastest time of the day with an 18.295-second run on the second course. The best time on the first course was set by Robinson with a 19.600 run in Pro Mod 700.

Of the 136 runs in the Pro Division, only 45 made it through the timing chute. 

“Only 11 racers can say they made it over the top. However, we (MASTERS) commend all the racers for having the courage to tackle this steep hill, especially when it has over 8 feet of snow on some sections,” concluded MASTERS Official Jeremy Schmidt.

This was the final snowmobile hillclimb of the season for the MASTERS. They will have the Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff on July 6. The Ojibwa Casino Winter series will conclude with Terra-X race at Adventure Mountain in Greenland on March 16, then the Terra-X Championship at Mont du Lac, outside of Duluth, Minnesota, on April 6.

Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS

February 23, 2019, Results

Vollwerth’s Meat Pro Mod King of the Hill:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY, Yamaha (Robinson clinched the King of the Hill by winning ALL 4 Pro Mod classes).

Houghton Powersports Pro Stock King of the Hill:  1) Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI, Arctic Cat, 20.57 (1st Run); 2) Roger Strack, Trimountain, MI, Polaris, 26.420; 3) Marietta, 35.620 (2nd Run); 4) Bob Berghuis, Brillion, WI, 155 yards.

Christian Motorcycle Association Spirit King of the Hill:  Tom Hodges, Lake Linden, MI, Arctic Cat, 27.543; 2) Teddy Laurie, Allouez, MI, Arctic Cat, 193 yards; 3) Brad Barrette, Sr., Hubbell, MI, Ski-doo, 183 yards.

Toucan’s Auto Repair Sno-Bike King of the Hill:  1) Kyle Wadaga, Chassell, MI, Yamaha Timbersled, 21.981; 2) Adam Vowles, Albany, MN, Yamaha Timbersled, 22.647; 3) Mike Chopp, Atlantic Mine, KTM, 24.099.

Triest Forest Products Vintage King of the Hill:  1) Brian Parvin, Gross Isle, MI, Yamaha, 71 yards; 2) Jake Pearsall, Minocqua, WI, Ski-doo, 69 yards; 3) Snuffy Trudgeon, South Range, MI, Arctic Cat, 62 yards.

Krupp’s Mini Mart Junior King of the Hill:  1) Kaiden Kaurala, Nisula, MI., Ski-doo, 19.292; 2) Kolten Laurie, Allouez, MI, 19.331; 3) Keegan Boggetto, Bessemer, MI, Ski-doo, 191 yards.

Daily Mining Gazette 120 Mod King of the Hill:  1) Nolan Boggetto, Bessemer, MI, Polaris, 80 yards; 2) Braden Rose, Harvey, MI, Polaris, 74 yards; 3) Lucas Solbers, Ontonagon, MI, Polaris, 61 yards.

Daily Mining Gazette 120 Stock King of the Hill:  1) Lucas Solbers, Ontonagon, MI, Polaris, 59 yards; 2) Braden Rose, Harvey, MI, Ski-doo, 59 yards; 3) Klayton Kin, Ontonagon, MI, Arctic Cat, 59 yards. Tie-breaker determined by side-by-Side race up hill.

Matt’s Auto Glass & Repair Pro Open Mod:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY, Yamaha, 21.969 (2nd Rd); 2) Robinson, 24.460 (1st Rd); 3)  Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI, Arctic Cat, 24.952.

Wildlife Refuge Cabins Pro Mod 850:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY, Yamaha, 20.868 (1st Rd); 2) Robinson, 22.251 (2nd Rd); 3) Travis Kaurala, Nisula, MI, Ski-doo, 25.516.

4 Seasons Convenience Pro Mod 700:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY, Yamaha, 19.600; 2) Nick Trezana, Hubbell, MI, Polaris, 28.105; 3) Roger Strack, Trimountain, MI, Polaris, 187 yards.

Tina Katalina Pro Mod 600:  1) Tyler Robinson, Afton, WY, Yamaha, 20.100 (2nd Rd); 2) Robinson, 21.225 (1st Rd); 3) Travis Kaurala, Nisula, MI, Ski-doo, 22.459.

M & M Powersports Pro Open Stock:  1) Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI, Arctic Cat, 19.491 (2nd Rd); 2) Marietta, 22.540 (1st Rd); 3) Roger Strack, Trimountain, MI, Arctic Cat, 23.041.

Great Lakes Mineral-Valley View Quarry Pro Stock 850:  1) Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI, Arctic Cat, 18.295 (2nd Rd); 2) Marietta, 20.152 (1st Rd); 3) Travis Kaurala, Nisula, MI, Ski-doo, 23.386.

Diamond House International Pro Stock 700:  1) Bob Berghuis, Brillion, WI, Polaris, 27.984 (1st Rd); 2) Berghuis, 27.988 (2nd Rd); 3) Jordan Wolfe, Montreal, WI, Polaris, 188 yards.

Mosquito Inn-D’s Base Camp Pro Stock 600:  1) Roger Strack, Trimountain, MI, Polaris, 21.863; 2) Travis Kaurala, Nisula, MI, Ski-doo, 22.690 (2nd Rd); 3) Kaurala, 25.421 (1st Rd).

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