Men's Rodeo Team Finishes Fall Season with Win

—Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 11/05/2012 Pictured here are some of the members of the OPSU men's rodeo team that won first place at the NWOSU rodeo over the weekend with their coaches and OPSU President Dave Bryant. From left to right are Jake Watson; head coach Craig Latham; Bryant; men's all-around winner Joe Frost; assistant coach Robert Etbauer; Shade Etbauer; Caleb Bullock; and Allen Boore.—Justine Gaskamp photo Pictured here are some of the members of the OPSU men's rodeo team that won first place at the NWOSU rodeo over the weekend with their coaches and OPSU President Dave Bryant. From left to right are Jake Watson; head coach Craig Latham; Bryant; men's all-around winner Joe Frost; assistant coach Robert Etbauer; Shade Etbauer; Caleb Bullock; and Allen Boore.—Justine Gaskamp photo Alva, Okla.—Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Okla. hosted the final rodeo for the 2012 fall rodeo season, and sweeping the competition, the Oklahoma Panhandle State University men's team walked away with the team championship, two individual event titles, and an all-around champion.

Joe Frost captured his second all-around title for the year by riding his way to the top in the bull riding to be crowned champion as well as qualifying for the short round in the calf roping, and tying for third in the steer wrestling. In the saddle bronc riding, Shade Etbauer took the event title tying for third in the first round and winning the final round.

Two cowboys competed in the short go of the bareback riding for OPSU. Freshman Wesley Cole finished fifth overall with a 70 on his first horse. He had some tough luck in the short go, but still gathered a few points. Jed Wilson qualified also, but didn't manage to grab points needed. Only four of the top ten qualifying cowboys covered both of their horses for the weekend.

Seven bronc riders rode in the short round Saturday night for OPSU. Event champion Shade Etbauer scored a 77 in the first round and a 75 in the final round to secure his top place finish. Teammates Caleb Nichols and Allen Boore followed closely behind, with Nichols tying for second with a Fort Scott cowboy, scoring 70 points in round one and a 74 in the short go. Boore won fourth, just short of Nichols by one point with a 70 on his first round horse and a 73 in the final round. Jake Watson, Clay Elliot, Preston Kafka, and Joe Harper all left the little indoor arena with points in their pockets.

In the bull riding, Frost put on a clinic, scoring a 78 in the first round and riding with poise and sure determination in the championship round, grabbing the title with an 82, the highest marked ride of the weekend. Combined with qualifying for the final round in the calf roping and placing in the steer wrestling with two good runs of 5.3 and 5.6, he sealed his position as the top all-around cowboy bringing back a trophy saddle with him.

Jeff Cover also qualified for the short round with Frost in the steer wrestling. He had some tough luck in the final round, but made a solid run of 5.4 seconds in the first round. The many OPSU short round qualifiers gave it their all and contributed to the team title.

"We just need to keep our heads down and focus on each run and each ride, and we'll be unstoppable," Frost said about the team, looking forward to what the team has to bring in the spring.

In the women's events, tough competition filled the breakaway roping top ten qualifying spots, as qualifying times ranged from 2.1 seconds to 2.7, junior Kashly Schweer roped a fast time of 2.6 in the first round to make it to the championship round, but had some tough luck in the final round. Only two of the top ten managed to rope both of their calves.

Freshmen Chyanna Black and Jordan Noe made their presence known in the goat tying. Black had a blazing run of 6.9 seconds in the first round, good for a second place tie, and with an 8.1 in the final round, was still able to bring back some points with Noe. Noe made two nice runs with a 7.1 in the first round and a 7.4 in the final round.

Wrapping up the fall season successfully, the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo team's effort and pride were magnified this weekend in Alva. The winter months will find the team members working hard for the upcoming spring season, and the first rodeo back will be in Wildcat country at Kansas State University. Find the rodeo team on Facebook to keep up with all of the latest news and updates. Until next semester, Happy Trails to all!


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