Two local cowboys won first go-round titles at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo heading into Sunday’s championship round.
Hillsdale’s Brody Cress won the first go of saddle bronc riding with an 88-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Utopia. Cress, the defending CFD champion and last year’s average winner at the National Finals Rodeo, also leads the average with 166.5 points on two head.
Cheyenne’s Aaron Vosler won the first go of steer wrestling with a 5.7-second run. Vosler had a no-time in the second go but did pocket more than $6,000 for his first go win.
In bareback bronc riding, Ranchester’s Seth Hardwick finished second in the first go with an 85.5 and leads the average with 166.5 points on two head.
Three cowboys with in-state ties also have enjoyed solid weeks in Cheyenne.
Former Eastern Wyoming College tie-down roper Riley Pruitt leads the average with a two-run time of 21.8 seconds.
Zeke Thurston, who competed for Sheridan College and won the 2016 world championship, is tied for fifth in the saddle bronc average with a 159.5.
Another Sheridan College cowboy, Lane Schuelke, won the first go in the rookie saddle bronc with a 77 on Dakota Rodeo’s Watch This and leads the average with a 148.
In team roping, the father-son combo of Jhett and Kellan Johnson placed second in the second go with a 7.6 to pocket more than $5,000 each. Jhett is the rodeo coach at Casper College while Kellan, who just completed his freshman season at Gillette College, teamed with the T-Birds’ Trey Yates to win the College National Finals Rodeo last month.
And Gillette’s Cody Callaway and Rozet’s Clay Johnson tied for third in the first go.