OPSU Men's Team Creeps to Second Submitted by OPSU Rodeo on 06/15/2013 Casper, Wyo.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team has positioned themselves perfectly heading into tonight's short round at the College National Finals Rodeo.
As a team, OPSU is sitting in second place. They are a mere 20 points behind Tarleton State University. The men in the red and blue vests will have to continue to tend to business in order to bring a national title home to Goodwell. Coach Craig Latham says, "they've got a shot and we'll know when it's over."
The team will be well represented in the short round. In saddle bronc riding, Joe Harper has maintained his lead in the average race throughout the week. However, it will be a battle between the top cowboys, so Harper will need an aggressive ride tonight.
In fifth place is Jake Watson. The sophomore is known for his wild style and big rides. As the elite broncs are loaded, the OPSU cowboys will have to maintain focus and make their coaches proud.
Two cowboys from the Panhandle will also be competing in steer wrestling. Joe Frost currently sits in fourth place with a total time of 19.8 on three head. He is followed by Dusty Moore who is ninth overall. Both cowboys have done well catching a tricky pen of steers this week and hope their streak will continue for one last run.
Frost will do double duty in the short go. The all-around hand will compete in bull riding as well. He is coming back on two rides, scoring 146.5 altogether. He currently sits in fifth place overall. He is also situated second in the all-around race.
"All we know is we will pull our hats down and try," Coach Robert Etbauer said. "They'll be swinging."
It will be a battle of the best collegiate cowboys and cowgirls tonight as the CNFR winds down. For up to date results, be sure to follow the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Rodeo Team Facebook page.