Arey makes it back-to-back at Beaver


000156099_original_650x650Clark Wendlandt may have to hand over his nickname.

For years, Wendlandt was known as “Mr. Beaver Lake” thanks to four consecutive top 10s – with a pair of victories – from 1999 through 2002. But with his now back-to-back FLW Tour victories at Beaver Lake, Matt Arey could easily be considered the new “Mr. Beaver Lake.”

Arey sacked the biggest bag of the tournament on the final day to claim his second Beaver title. In the process, he jumped into the top 50 in the Pro Ranking, settling in at No. 42.

Making Arey’s feat even more impressive is the angler he jumped for the win was No. 1-ranked Andy Morgan, who ended up finishing third. However, while Morgan was able to increase his lead on the rest of the anglers in the ranking, he wasn’t able to increase it much over No. 2-ranked Bryan Thrift, as Thrift also finished in the top five at Beaver Lake.

Mark Rose wasn’t as fortunate, as he slipped in the Pro Ranking this week from 12th to 22nd. Meanwhile, Cody Meyer and Stetson Blaylock – top-10 finishers at Beaver – both jumped into the top 20 this week, in 16th and 20th, respectively.


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