**For Immediate Release**
Teams Bring Home Second
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 04-25-2006
Goodwell, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Panhandle
State University men’s and women’s rodeo teams
both brought home second places from the Fort Hays State
University competition held this past weekend.
Six of the ten saddle bronc riders who qualified for the championship
round represented OPSU, and three of them took the top three
spots in the aggregate scoring. Weston Ireland won first, Tyler
Olsen brought home second, and Trell Etbauer placed third.
Logan Hodson and Shank Stephens also made the short go. Shibil
Davis won third in the championship round of the bareback riding
and tied for third and fourth in the aggregate scoring.
Jim Gebauer took first in the short go of the bullriding and
placed second in the average. Chance Murphy placed sixth in
the average, and Winston Kusler and Chris Wagner also rode
in the short round of that event.
Team ropers Cass Cooper and Buster Holland took second in
the long round, first in the championship round, and won first
in the aggregate scoring. In addition, John Wright and Cody
Dees and Brandi Guttormson and Seth Schafer competed in the
The co-champion steer wrestlers from
last year’s College
National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), Trell Etbauer and Tyrel Turner,
again proved their versatility by making the championship round
of the calf roping. Etbauer tied for third and fourth in the
long round, while Turner tied for fourth in the short go and
won sixth in the average. In the steer wrestling, Logan Hodson
placed fifth in the short go and won seventh overall.
On the women’s side, Guttormson
took second in the breakaway roping. Kelly Koeppen won the
first round of goat tying and placed sixth in the average.
Chancy Etbauer placed third in the championship round and
fifth in the average.
For the last ten years, the Fort Hays
team has sponsored “Wild
Ride,” an additional bronc riding event outside the scope
of the rodeo. The cowboys don costumes and stay on the bronc
8 seconds. The cowboy with the wildest ride and wildest costume
wins the event. Trell Etbauer won this year’s competition
in his reggae outfit complete with sunglasses.
The teams travel to Durant, Okla. next weekend to compete
in the last college rodeo of the season in the Central Plains
Region. Southeastern Oklahoma State University hosts the rodeo
April 27-29, and CNFR qualifiers will be determined following