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Men's Rodeo Team Finishes First at Ft. Scott

Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 03/11/2013 Ft. Scott, Kan.—With a weekend packed full of rodeo action, the community of Ft. Scott witnessed the best of the best rodeo athletes that the Central Plains Region has to offer. The men's team of Oklahoma Panhandle State University captured the men's team title, and four individuals brought back beautiful buckles as event champions.

Shade Etbauer competed in the saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and team roping with partner Caleb Bullock in the championship round on Sunday. Finishing second overall in the steer wrestling with a 5.4-second run in the first go and a 5.2 in the short round, plus placing in both team roping and the saddle bronc riding in the long go, Etbauer came away as All-Around Champion.

Dusty Moore, Jessie Suazo, and Joe Frost all had success individually as well. With two consistent times of 9.2 seconds and 9.1 seconds in the tie down roping, Moore's consistency took him to the top of the leader board to secure him a first place finish. He also competed in the steer wrestling in the short round, but a little tough luck at the barrier took him out of the race.

In the breakaway roping, senior Jessie Suazo stuck it on two in 2.6 seconds and 2.8 seconds for an average time of 5.4, sealing her position as the champion breakaway roper for the weekend, just two hundredths of a second faster than the number two cowgirl. Senior Callie Schafer also made it back in the breakaway, as well as Samantha Foos and Kashly Schweer in the goat tying.

A set of rank bulls by the Rafter H Rodeo Company proved difficult for many of the bull riders this weekend. OPSU's Joe Frost was the only cowboy that managed to cover both of his bulls. With a 78, the highest marked ride of the weekend, Frost was crowned the bull riding champion.

Seven OPSU cowboys competed in the short round of the saddle bronc riding. Clay Elliot finished second, Allen Boore was fourth, and Jake Watson and Shade Etbauer ended up in the fifth and sixth spots. The highest marked ride of the weekend was an 81 by OPSU's Jake Watson in the first round on the horse called Stuart Little, and Whit Peterson, Joe Harper, and John Stratton also competed in the short round.

The rodeo team has some time off before heading to the next one in Weatherford, Okla. on April 11. Only three rodeos remain for the 2012-2013 rodeo season. Be sure to check out all of the action at the Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo coming soon, April 25-27. Hope to see you there!

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