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Brody Cress at 2018 CFD

Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress rides for 86 points Sunday during the final go-round of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Brody Cress continued his impressive season Sunday at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

The Hillsdale native repeated as the saddle bronc riding champion with an 86-point ride in the final go-round to win the average with 252.5 points on three head. Cress, who won the average title at the National Finals Rodeo in December, is the first back-to-back saddle bronc champ at the CFD since 1936.

Wyatt Casper and Cort Scheer tied for the win in the finals with 87-point rides; Cress was third with an 86.

Will Lowe and Shane O’Connell tied for the win in bareback bronc riding with 88-point rides, with Lowe claiming the average title with a 253.5. Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Ty Breuer tied for fourth in the average and Ranchester’s Seth Hardwick was sixth.

Also winning average titles Sunday were: Levi Rudd in steer wrestling, Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison in team roping, Shane Hanchey in tie-down roping, Nellie Miller in barrel racing, Brodie Poppino in steer roping and Ruger Piva in bull riding.

Poppino, Miller and Masters and Harrison also won the short go.

Other short go winners were: Nick Guy and Blake Mindemann (steer wrestling), Ryan Watkins (tie-down roping), Stevi Hillman (barrel racing) and Eli Vastbinder (bull riding).

Cress, who entered the week second in the world standings, pocketed more than $13,000.


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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