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Brody Cress

Tarleton State's Brody Cress competes in the saddle bronc during the College National Finals Rodeo on June 15 at the Casper Events Center.

Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress suffered a broken ankle over the weekend and will likely be out of action until the National Finals Rodeo in December.

Competing at the Home on the Range Champions Ride in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota, Cress scored 86 points on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic Fringe but broke his ankle when he came off the horse.

“I landed wrong on my right ankle and shattered it,” Cress told

Cress is currently second in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings with $112,321 in earnings for the year. Jacobs Crawley leads the standings with $117,726. Two weeks ago, Cress won the title at Cheyenne Frontier Days, becoming the first saddle bronc rider to repeat as the CFD champion since 1935-36.

Last year, in his first trip to the NFR, Cress won the average title with 841.5 points on 10 head. He finished second in the world standings to Rusty Wright by just $2,651.

“I should be good for the Finals, but I will not be back for anything before that, I think,” Cress told

The only other Wyoming cowboy currently in the Top 15 is Cowley bareback rider JR Vezain, who is 15th.

Team roper Trey Yates, who won the College National Finals Rodeo while competing for Casper College in June, is fourth in the heeling standings.

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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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