Central hosts home rodeoOct 6, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Central Wyoming College will host its annual fall rodeo this weekend at the Fremont County Fairgrounds, with the Rustlers on a roll entering their home event.
At last week's stop on the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association circuit at Lamar Community College, it was Brady Thurston who stole the spotlight, winning the men's all-around title with 210 points on the strength of a win in saddle bronc (148 points) and a sixth-place finish in tie-down roping (9.6 seconds).
In fact, Thurston's heroics placed the Rustlers men precariously on the edge of victory in the team competition, just falling short, with 320 points to winners Laramie County Community College, who scored 330.
Contributing to Central's strong showing on the men's side were Jace Berger (11.2), Daniel Huxtable (11.9) and Taylor Davidson (13.2), who finished second, fourth and seventh, respectively, in steer wrestling.
The Rustlers' Thomas Davis continued a promising freshman season with a fourth in bareback riding, with 140 points.
Overall in the season standings, Central is currently fourth, with 960 points to Sheridan College's 1,245.
Davidson is ranked first in steer wrestling with 210 points, while Thurston is fourth in saddle bronc (155) and Davis is third in bareback (240).
In all, the Rustlers have four cowboys in the top 10 in steer wrestling, with Davis (fourth, 170 points), Berger (eighth, 120) and Thurston (ninth, 110) joining Davidson atop the leaderboard.
The Lady Rustlers are currently fourth in the season team standings with 375 points, as Gillette College leads the way with 1,520.
Josee Vogel is the highest-ranked Central cowgirl, in fourth place in goat tying, with 235 points, while teammate Karson Bradley is seventh in barrel racing, with 120.
At Lamar last week, Vogel was fourth, with a 16.4 in goat tying, while Bradley finished sixth in barrel racing (36.62).