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Rustlers finish rodeo season in Laramie

May 3, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor

Central Wyoming College's Brady Thurston was second for the year in the men's all-around and qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in steer wrestling.

An eventful season came to an end for the Central Wyoming College rodeo squad on the weekend of April 27-29 at the campaign-closing competition at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Brady Thurston ended the year in style, with a second-place finish in steer wrestling (13.5), leading a charge of Rustlers wrestlers with Central teammates Teigen Finnerty in third (14.5) and Kyle Choate in fourth (21.6).

For the season, the trio of Thurston, Finnerty and Dalton Burgener finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the steer wrestling standings.

Thurston ended up second in the all-around rankings, with 1,200 points on the season, to champion Riley Wakefield of Gillette (1,605) and was sixth in saddle bronc (445).

In Laramie, the Central men finished fourth as a team, with 370 points. Winner Sheridan College posted 710.

The Rustlers ended the campaign in third overall with 2,950 points, as Sheridan took the men's team title with 4,970.

Central's women finished 10th on the season, with 478.33 points, as Gillette College won the crown at 3,298.66.

Also in Laramie, Bryce Sturman was fifth in tie-down roping (22.3), Jace Berger was sixth in steer wrestling (22.7), Kassie Kautzman was sixth in breakaway roping (16.4) and Josee Vogel finished third in goat tying (14.3).

Kyle Choate finished fifth in the men's all-around for the season, with 540 points, as he and Klint Choate were sixth in team roping at 270 points.

Riverton's Coley Nicholls, competing for Eastern Wyoming College, finished third in the team roping standings with 450 points.

Kautzman was ninth in breakaway roping (255), while Vogel finished eighth in goat tying (336.7).

Although Central's season is over, Thurston has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in steer wrestling, which is scheduled for June 11-17 in Casper.

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