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Rustlers rodeo at Eastern Wyoming

Rustlers rodeo at Eastern Wyoming

Mar 30, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College's Teigen Finnerty finished second in the men's all-around competition in Torrington.

Central Wyoming College's rodeo squad competed in Torrington over the weekend, as Eastern Wyoming College played host to their annual stop on the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association's Central Rocky Mountain region.

The team was coming off an impressive showing at the spring season opener the previous week in Gillette, with the men finishing second in the team competition, as Brady Thurston, Teigen Finnerty and Dalton Burgener swept the top three places in steer wrestling for the Rustlers.

In Torrington, it was Finnerty's turn to carry the Central banner, as the Wheatland cowboy finished second in the men's all-around, with 105 points, on the strength of a third-place finish in tie-down roping (22.6) and a seventh in steer wrestling (15.6).

In fact, Thurston (15.3), Finnerty (15.6) and Burgener (16.1) once again found themselves back-to-back-to-back in the steer wrestling standings, but this time around, the Central trio was tied for seventh.

The Rustlers men finished the weekend in seventh overall, with 155 points behind winners Gillette College, who posted a score of 470.

On the women's side of the arena, Kassie Kautzman was seventh in breakaway roping for Central, with a time of 6.6, while Tymber Taylor finished ninth in goat tying at 20.1.

The Rustlers women finished ninth, with 55 points.

As far as the season standings go, the men currently sit in fourth place overall, with 2,155 points, trailing leaders Sheridan College, who have 3,350, while the women are 11th with 225, behind first-place Gillette, who has 2,613.66.

On the individual size of the standings, Thurston ranks third in the men's all-around, with 875 points, after Gillette's Riley Wakefield (1,010) and Chadron State College's Prestyn Novak (910).

Thurston is second in steer wrestling (430) and fourth in saddle bronc (375).

Finnerty is ninth in tie-down roping (160) and teammate Bryce Sturman is 15th (90).

In steer wrestling, Burgener is fourth (365) and Finnerty is fifth (355) behind Thurston's second.

Kyle and Klint Choate are seventh in team roping at 170.

Kautzman is currently ranked fifth in breakaway roping at 215 points, while Josee Vogel is 12th at 133.

Next for Central after a week off is a rodeo at Colorado State University on April 7-9.

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