PRCA

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association

Ty Breuer led an impressive showing by cowboys with Wyoming ties in the fourth round of the National Finals Rodeo on Sunday in Las Vegas.

The former Central Wyoming College bareback bronc rider won the round with a 90.5-point ride on Brookman Rodeo’s Risky Business to pocket $26,231 and move into fifth in the average with 332.5 points on four head. It was Breuer’s first go-round win at the NFR.

Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress continued to impress in his first NFR appearance as he finished second in the round with an 86-point ride aboard Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Total Equines Angel Fire. Ryder Wright won the round with an 89.

Cress is now second in the average with 330.5 points on four head; CoBurn Bradshaw leads the way with 337.5 points on four.

Former Gillette College cowboy Chason Floyd finished second Sunday in steer wrestling with a time of 3.8 seconds. J.D. Struxness, the 2016 CNFR bulldogging champ, won the round with a 3.6.

Saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston and bareback bronc rider JR Vezain didn’t fare as well Sunday.

Thurston, the defending world champ, placed 11th with a 72.5, but is still third in the world standings. Vezain had an 81.5 to tie for 11th and now sits ninth in both the average and the world standings.

Also Sunday, bull rider Trey Benton III had an 87.5 for his second go-round win as he continues to lead the average. In team roping, Luke Brown and Jake Long shared the go-round win with Dustin Egusquiza and Kory Koontz after both teams posted runs of 4.1 seconds. Cooper Martin won the tie-down roping with a 7.6 and Amberleigh Moore had a 13.56 for her second go-round win.

The NFR runs through Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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