**For Immediate Release** Prosperous Night for Panhandle Rodeo Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 06/15/2013 Casper, Wyo.—Rank livestock and elite cowboys is the perfect winning combination for the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team. Thursday night proved that to be true with Joe Harper taking the lead in both the third round and the average race of saddle bronc riding.

Being in a top position did not add pressure to the Nevada native. Harper made what looked like an effortless ride. The traditional rocking-chair style ride moved him to the top with a score of 76 points. The OPSU cowboy also leads the aggregate with 223 points on three head. However, he is only a mere two points ahead of Tyler Baeza of West Texas College, so it will be a showdown in the bronc riding during Saturday night's short round. For the round, Harper is positioned at number one while his teammate Allen Boore sits third with his score of 73.5.

Jake Watson will look to move himself into the mix for a national title after his ride Friday night. Watson is currently sitting at 138 points on two head.

The Thursday evening performance continued to be all about 'Joe' as Joe Frost received heaps of airtime courtesy of Blue Belle. The wild ride earned Frost 73.5 points. That will situate him within the top five of the average with a combined total of 146.5 on two head. He is also sixth in the third round of competition.

Friday night will be the final performance of rodeo action before the coveted Saturday night short round where the top 12 of each event will have one last chance at being named a collegiate national champion.

Frost and Dusty Moore will both run their third steer in the big man's event, the steer wrestling. Both cowboys are resting comfortably with their average times on two head and will need to tend to business one last night to see if they will be in the short round on Saturday.

In the bull riding, Jeff Bertus will be searching for revenge after bucking off his first two bulls. The College National Finals Rodeo veteran is more than capable of making a high point ride to finish out his week in Casper.