Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress earned his first National Finals Rodeo paycheck Friday, placing third in the second round at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Cress scored 82.5 points atop Korkow Rodeo’s Meat Cracker to pocket $15,654. He is now fourth in the average with 162 points on two head and is sixth in the world standings.

Cress was the only cowboy with Wyoming ties to finish in the money Friday.

Cowley bareback bronc rider JR Vezain tied for ninth with an 83.5-point ride and former Gillette College cowboy Chason Floyd tied for ninth in steer wrestling with a 4.9-second run. Vezain is tied for sixth in the average and is seventh in the world standings while Floyd is sixth in the average and 15th in the world standings.

Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Ty Breuer was 12th in the bareback with an 81.5 and defending world champion saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (Sheridan College) had a no-score but remained second in the world standings behind Jacobs Crawley.

All-around leader Trevor Brazile, the 23-time world champion, highlighted the second-round winners by taking the top spot in tie-down roping with a 7.4-second run and now leads the average with a two-run time of 7.4 seconds.

Also Friday, Tanner Aus and Richmond Champion tied for the win in bareback bronc riding with scores of 87.5, Tanner Milan won steer wrestling with a 3.5, Dustin Bird and Russell Cardoza won the team roping with a 3.9, CoBurn Bradshaw claimed the saddle bronc win with an 89.5, Amberleigh Moore took the top spot in barrel racing with a 13.54 and Garrett Smith had an 87 to win the bull riding.

The NFR runs through Dec. 16.

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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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