Courtesy of the PRCA:
2014 Wrangler National Finals NEWS:
After seven rounds of the Superbowl of Rodeo, current and former Great Lakes Circuit cowboys are doing well at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas!
Tim O’Connell, of Zwingle, IA, is currently ranked 5th in the world standings in bareback riding and projected to finish the year in 7h place.
Nick Guy, of Sparta, WI, currently in 2nd place in steer wrestling, is projected to finish in 3rd place.
Wade Sundell, from Boxholm, IA, is currently 5th in saddle bronc riding and is projected to finish in 6th place.
Tyler Corrington, of Hastings, MN, is currently 8th in saddle bronc riding and is projected to finish in 9th place.
Paul Eaves, of Ionedale, MO, is currently 2nd in team roping and is projected to finish in 4th place. He is the heeler. The header is Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, MT.
There are still three more rounds to go in the Finals, and a lot can happen between now and Saturday night. It’s still anybody’s guess who will actually win the world titles and those elusive gold buckles!
Guy becomes the man, takes first place
LAS VEGAS – Nick Guy became the first Wisconsin timed-event cowboy ever to win a round at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and it catapulted him to the top of the steer wrestling world on the opening night of action before a sellout crowd of 17,591 at the Thomas & Mack Center Arena.
Guy, who entered rodeo’s Super Bowl in fourth place among steer wrestlers in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, won Round 1 with a time of 3.6 seconds.
That earned the 30-year-old cowboy from Sparta, Wis., a paycheck of $19,002 – he has $96,757 for the season – and pushed him past Trevor Knowles, K.C. Jones and Casey Martin into the top spot.
“It feels good to get a nice paycheck in Round 1,” Guy said. “We talked about winning Round 1 the whole way out here to Las Vegas.”
Guy, who is making his second appearance at the Finals, felt even more confident after learning which steer he’d drawn for Round 1.
“I ran that steer when we broke these steers in a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “We videoed all the runs down there, so I probably watched my run on that steer 10 times before we came in here. I knew he was just a good steer, but I didn’t know if he was a 3.6 steer. I got a great start and the horse worked great, and I caught him quick and I just made a good run from there.”
Martin tied four-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho – who has been sidelined since he injured his right lat muscle at the California Rodeo Salinas on July 18 – for second place in 3.7 seconds, just one-tenth of a second behind Guy. Martin moved into second place in the world with $93,457. Branquinho, who led the world before getting injured, is fifth.
Guy is just the fifth Wisconsin cowboy to win a round at the Finals, joining bareback rider Jack Buschbom and bull riders B.J. Schumacher, Cory Check and Fred Boettcher. Buschbom was the world champ in 1959-60, and Schumacher won the world in 2006.
Guy said not everyone in Wisconsin understands rodeo.
“It’s not a rodeo part of the country, and that’s why when I win, it makes me feel good about being where I’m from,” he said.
Guy said the fast start will help put him at ease for the next nine days of the Finals.
“I’m going to sleep well tonight and try to keep doing exactly what I did tonight for the rest of the NFR,” he said. “The horse I was on (Roanie, 10 years old), gives me a chance to win every time.”
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