**For Immediate Release**
Guttormson and Etbauer Earn All-Around Honors
- released by OPSU Campus Communications on 02-26-07
Goodwell, Okla. - Brandi Guttormson and Trell Etbauer earned the All-Around Honors at the Kansas State University rodeo in Manhattan over the weekend. At the first competition of the spring season, the OPSU men’s team brought home second place and the women’s team brought home third. The men maintain a commanding lead in the Central Plains Region, still over 760 points ahead of second place Northwestern Oklahoma State, and the women remain in second place.
Guttormson and two other ropers tied for first in the long round of the breakaway, and then Brandi took first in the championship round as well as first in the average. She added a few more points in the goat tying with a fifth place in the long go. Becky White and Whitney Harding also made the short round in the goats. OPSU had two short round returnees in the barrel racing, Lisa Merrill and Haley Keenan with Merrill tying for fourth in the first round.
On the men’s side, seven of the eleven cowboys in the saddle bronc championship round were from OPSU. In the first round, Etbauer took first, Tyler Olsen third, Will Payne, fourth, Seth Schafer tied for sixth, Logan Hodson tied for eighth, and Shank Stephens and Mike Murphy split tenth. Hodson took second in the championship round, with Etbauer fifth, Payne third, and Etbauer fifth, with Etbauer winning the average.
Hodson made the short go of the bareback riding with a 75 point ride in the long round, earning him fourth. He tied for second in the championship round and brought back second in the aggregate. Brian Leddy also competed in the championship round following his third place, 77 point ride in the long go.
In the steer wrestling, Etbauer took fifth in the short round and fifth in the average. Seth Schaefer also made the championship round of that event.
Coach Craig Latham said, “I was happy with what I saw on the both the men’s and women’s sides. Even though I had several competitors that performed very well that were not named to the team for this rodeo, at least they denied those points to the other teams we’re competing against.” Latham added that OPSU cowboy Taos Muncy currently sits in first place in the world in the professional saddle bronc riding ranks, but still remains committed to finishing his education and competing for OPSU in the college ranks.