Schrupp, Fankhanel Win 17th ALS Tourney

By KBJR News 1

June 2, 2012 Updated Jun 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM CST

Island Lake, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Jason Schrupp and Josh Fankhanel became the first pairing to ever win a third championship at the Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Fishing Tournament on Saturday, hauling in 10.80 pounds of fish.

The two are also the first to have won back-to-back titles in the event, having won in 2009 and 2010. They beat out the 2011 champs, Troy Skorich and Chris Edquist, by just 0.76 pounds.

Wade Bakker and Scott Somers won the day's Big Walleye Bonanza, turning in the tournament's biggest single fish at 3.00 pounds.

162 two-person teams took part in Saturday's 17th annual tournament, which helps to raise money for ALS research.

Former Minnesota Twin Kent Hrbek, who lost his father to ALS in 1982, was one of three celebrity co-hosts. He was joined by Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson and Washington Capitals assistant coach Jim Johnson in that co-host role.

The tournament generated $155,000 this year alone, and since 1996 has raised $1.85 million for ALS research.

Below are listed the top 10 teams from Saturday's event, along with the total weight of their fish.

2012 KOLAR TOYOTA ALS WALLEYE FISHING TOURNAMENT

1. Jason Schrupp/Josh Fankhanel --- 10.80 pounds
2. Troy Skorich/Chris Edquist --- 10.04 pounds
3. Curt Benson/Mike Buetow --- 9.25 pounds
4. Dick Davidson/Joe Davidson --- 7.35 pounds
5. Wade Bakker/Scott Somers --- 7.26 pounds
6. Pat Walsh/John Moe --- 6.91 pounds
7. Jim Schaffhausen/Jeff Johnson --- 6.34 pounds
8. Zach Freeman/Frank Barsh --- 5.94 pounds
9. Tim MacDonald/Mike Ecklund --- 5.74 pounds
10t. Bruce Cox/Richard Cox --- 5.56 pounds
10t. Kevin Reich/Jerry Baker --- 5.56 pounds

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