Derek Knutson returned to defend his crown as the Alaska IRONJACK Champion and did just that by a thin margin over Jake Justus who took 2nd.
The competition was close for all competitors with dark horse and local favorite, Andy Colle, taking 4th place after being out of the sport for an entire year. Tyler Rothe took the third place seat which is how he ended his 2011 attempt. Placing 5th was 19 year old Michael Hattershide who was happy to rise up the ranks from last years finish of 7th place. Hattershide received a perfect score of 15 in the axe throw and placed 2nd in the speed climb event behind veteran climber Knutson. In 6th position was newcomer Mark Bouquin who showed amazing potential for future competitions. In 7th, Rookie of the Year, Peter Lucas made a good showing. 8th place was taken by Ray Geist, 9th by Craig Bradshaw and rounding out the field in 10th was newcomer Jesse Hrycik.
Derek Knutson, pictured left, was the 2012 champion, assisted by his amazing speed climbing time of 12.22 seconds.