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OPSU's Central Plains Region first place winners display their championship saddles. From left, Erica Brown, Trell Etbauer, Buster Holland, and Travis Sharp. - photos courtesy OPSU Rodeo

**For Immediate Release**

Rodeo Scores Six Firsts in Central Plains Region
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 05-02-05

The final Central Plains Region rodeo wrapped up Sunday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, and after the season’s points were tallied, Oklahoma Panhandle State University men’s team was named the Central Plains Region first place team. OPSU will take a six-member men’s team to compete at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming this June. OPSU also claims five first place individual titles in the Central Plains Region including Travis Sharp in bareback riding, Erica Brown in breakaway roping, Buster Holland in steer wrestling, and Trell Etbauer in saddle bronc riding plus the men’s All-Around title. Other OPSU qualifiers include Etbauer in steer wrestling, Matt Hebbert in saddle bronc riding, Cal Peterson in bull riding, and Stacey Watland in goat tying.In the SEOSU rodeo this weekend, the men brought home second place, and Trell Etbauer won the men’s All-Around. Buster Holland swept the steer wrestling competition with an unbeatable 3.7 second run in the long go, another first in the short go and first in the average.Proving once again that Texas County is "Saddle Bronc Capital of the World," five OPSU cowboys made the short round in that event. In the long round, Matt Hebbert and Colin Stalley split second and third, Etbauer placed fourth, and Dusty Hausauer placed eighth. In the short round, Etbauer placed first, Hausauer split third and fourth, and Stalley placed sixth. Average winners were Etbauer in the first spot, Hausauer with fourth, and Stalley with fifth. Jordan Furnish also made the short round.In the calf roping, Etbauer placed seventh in the long go, took third in the short go, and split fourth and fifth in the average. Zane Edmondson placed sixth in the long go, fourth in the short round, and took third in the average of that event.Bareback riders Travis Sharp and Logan Hodson split sixth and seventh in the average, with Sharp placing sixth in the long go and seventh in the short go while Hodson split seventh and eighth in the long go, and placed sixth in the short round. Team ropers Levi Swafford and Mike Holyan also competed in the short round.On the women’s side, Chancy Etbauer placed fifth in the long go of the goat tying, split third and fourth in the short round, and took third in the average. Crystal Sall also competed in the short go of the goat tying. Sall also split third, fourth and fifth in the long round of the breakaway roping, and Haley Keenan made the short go in the barrel racing.

CNFR is set for June 12-18 this year, and the OPSU men hope to rope, buck and wrestle their way to a second consecutive national title!









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