**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Men Capture First Place at Colby
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-03-2006
by Laura Dahl
Goodwell, OK - The Oklahoma Panhandle State University men’s rodeo team brought home first place and the women’s team second place from the first National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Central Plains Region contest held at Colby Community College in Colby, Kans. this past weekend. The men’s team chalked up 938 points, outscoring the number two team, Northwestern Oklahoma State, by over 500 points. Individuals took the top aggregate scoring spots in saddle bronc, bareback, team roping, and bull riding, plus Trell Etbauer won All-Around Cowboy honors. Several of Coach Craig Latham’s new team members proved their ability in their first rodeo in an OPSU uniform.
Cowboys in the saddle bronc competition earned 365 of those points. Taos Muncy outrode the competition and placed first in the long and short rounds with 77 and 79 point rides respectively and won first in the average scoring. Trell Etbauer took second in the first round and tied for second in the second round, which placed him second in the combined scoring. Logan Hodson tied for fourth in the long go and tied for fifth in the average. Mike Murphy, a recent Casper College transfer from Miles City, Mont., also made the short round of the saddle bronc riding.
Hodson also claimed first in the long round of the bareback riding, placed fifth in the short round, and placed first in the aggregate scoring. Brian Leddy placed second in the first round in that event and seventh in the average. Karlon Knudson, a newcomer to the team from Arvada, Wyo. and another Casper College transfer, placed sixth in the long round, tied for third in the short, and won sixth in the aggregate.
Rounding out the roughstock events, Muncy and Hodson made the short round of the bullriding. Muncy scored the only qualified ride of the championship round, which entitled him to bring home first in the round and the combined scoring.
Levi Swafford, header, and Matt Cramblet, heeler, swept the team roping with firsts in the long round, championship round and aggregate scoring. Cramblet, from Canyon, Texas, transferred from South Plains Community College in Levelland, Texas this fall.
In the calf roping, Etbauer took first in the championship round and second in the combined scoring. He also made the short round of the steer wrestling, and took second in that go and placed third in the overall scoring. Another Casper College transfer, Corey Turner of Shoshoni, Wyo., also made the short round and placed fourth in the average.
On the women’s side Kelly Koeppen placed first in the championship round of the goat tying and took third in the combined scoring. New teammate Kendel Fawcett, a freshman from Craig, Colo., also made the short round in that event.
Brandi Guttormson, OPSU’s representative at the College National Finals in Casper, Wyo. this past summer, placed fourth in the long and short rounds and took fourth in the aggregate scoring of the breakaway roping. Another new participant, Whitney Harding, a freshman from Manitoba, Canada, competed in the short round.
At Colby, the Rodeo Team was also honored for producing last season’s Doc Gardner Memorial Rodeo, voted the Central Plains Region Rodeo of the Year by the rodeo coaches in the region.
The team travels to compete at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kans. next weekend, then enters the last Central Plains rodeo of the fall season at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva November 9-11.