| Kendel Fawcett in the goat tying at Pratt. –Dale Hirschman photo
**For Immediate Release**
Men’s Rodeo Team Dominates in Pratt
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-08-2007
by Whitney Harding
Pratt, Kansas - The second rodeo of the year got off to a good start in Pratt, Kansas this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With the first slack of the rodeo starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 6:30p.m., the OPSU rodeo team knew this was not only a rodeo, but a Kansas marathon. Although the women had a rough weekend from a team standpoint, the men picked up the slack with an outstanding point earning weekend.
The rodeo kicked off . . . or rather ran off . . . (pun definitely intended) with the bareback riding, where OPSU saw their newly uninjured bareback rider Karlon Knudson back on scene. Karlon didn’t waste any time getting back into the swing of things, splitting second in the long round and earning a 66 point ride in the short go gave him the second place finish in the average as well.
The saddle bronc riding saw 6 out of 7 qualifiers from OPSU back to try and take the average win. Will Schaffer, Ryan Bestol, Seth Schafer, Trell Etbauer, Tyrel Larsen and Townsend Prince all were gunning for the title. Although the championship went to Fort Scott’s Tyler Huston, Ryan Bestol, Seth Schafer and Trell Etbauer took second, third and fourth place respectively.
Both Etbauer and Schafer were called back for the short-go in the steer wrestling competition where Etbauer took first in the average and Schafer was fifth. Again Etbauer returned to the Pratt Community College arena to compete with partner Jace Bolen in the team roping event. A run of 10.2 seconds and a 9.5 second run placed the boys 10th in the long-go, second in the short and earned them a fifth place check in the average.
Two solid runs in the calf roping also gave Bolen a place in the short-go in the tie-down-roping, along with fellow OPSU team member Seth Schafer. Bolen ended up sixth in the average with times of 10.6 and 12.4. With a 10.4 and a 9.7, Schaffer came out on top of the average and on top of the all-around race. OPSU saw freshman Chelse Day back in the bull riding event on Sunday afternoon, and after several rerides and the successful covering of six of his seven bulls, Chelse came out with a fifth/sixth place finish in the average; a rough but worthwhile weekend according to Day.
Although the weekend turned out to be a dismal one for the Lady Aggies, there was one glimmer of hope; and that glimmer came in the form of freshman, South Dakota native Whitney Knippling and second year team member Kendel Fawcett. Whitney returned in both the breakaway roping and the goat tying, while Fawcett hoped to show her talent in the goat tying event. Despite some poor luck for Knippling in the last round of the breakaway, she came back to the arena with a vengeance in the goat tying, making a smokin’ 8.8 second run to place her second in the average.
Looking forward to next rodeo, the men hope to maintain their enormous lead while the ladies will be there simply to regain theirs. Even though it was a hard fought weekend for some, the next college rodeo in Alva will prove to be a success for both teams. The battle at Pratt may be over, but not the war, so look out Central Plains . . . OPSU will see you in Alva!