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Cowboys with Wyoming ties made their presence felt Tuesday in the sixth round of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Bareback bronc rider Ty Breuer, who competed at Central Wyoming College, won the round; saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston, who rodeoed at Sheridan College, tied for the round win; and former Casper College team roper Trey Yates and roping partner Aaron Tsinigine took the lead in the average.

Breuer pocketed $26,231 for his 88-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Tootsie Roll.

Cress scored 89.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut to tie Cort Scheer for the round win. Thurston is now second in the average and fifth in the world standings.

Yates and Tsinigine had their slowest time of the NFR with a 19.9-second run, but only five teams recorded times, which allowed them to vault to the top of the average leaderboard. Yates and Tsinigine are the only team to have recorded times in each round.

Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress, the defending NFR average champ, lasted less than 2 seconds on his ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Lady Vain as he posted his fifth no-score of the rodeo.

Other event winners Tuesday were: bull rider Dustin Boquet (91 points), steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy (3.6 seconds), tie-down roper Cooper Martin (7.6), team ropers Tyler Wade and Cole Davison (3.9) and barrel racer Hailey Kinsel (13.63).

The 10-round NFR concludes Saturday.

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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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