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Wyatt Molzahn of Wyatt Molzahn Construction in Worland, Wyo., took First Place in the Wacker Neuson Trowel Challenge at World of Concrete 2013 out of more than 150 trowel operators taking the challenge.
The challenge tested the participants’ entire range of skills as they maneuvered around an obstacle course on a 30- by 80-foot (2,400-square-foot) slab. The contestants with the top 10 fastest times during the preliminary competitions, which were held during the World of Concrete, advanced to the finals, also held during the show. The top 10 finalists each had one run through the course and that time was added to their preliminary time.
The 2013 winners of the Wacker Neuson Trowel Challenge competition are as follows:
Wyatt Molzahn, Wyatt Molzahn Construction, Inc., Worland, Wyo.
Winning combined time: 58.708. Molzahn’s qualifying time was 29.341 and his final run time was 29.358. These two times were combined for the fastest total time of 58.708 during the three-day event. Molzahn is the winner of the grand prize: a customized CRT 48-35VX ride-on trowel powered by a special Vanguard Big Block V-twin engine and an all-expense paid trip for two to the Caribbean.
Richard Martin, Poppoff Inc., Richland, Wash.
Combined run time: 59.932. Martin’s qualifying time was 29.341 and his final run time was 30.591 Martin won a Wacker Neuson CRT 36, 36-inch walk-behind trowel.
Kent Goossen, Al’s Construction, Rosenort, Manitoba, Canada
Combined run time: 60.304. Goossen’s qualifying time was 30.873 and his final run time as 29.431 Goossen is the winner of a Wacker Neuson BTS 635s portable cut-off saw.
Martin started the finals in first place, but slipped to the second place finish after Molzhan’s solid run. Goossen started the finals in eighth place, but after his excellent final run time, moved up to the third place spot.
Each of the top 10 finishers also received a Wacker Neuson jacket.