Nov 21, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorColtin Hill finished the fall portion of the Central Rocky Mounain Region season in second place.
Coltin Hill had an eye-opening experience last year when he saw the type of talent there was in the Central Rocky Mountain Region in steer wrestling.
Hill, a Central Wyoming College Rustler, finished out of contention for a spot to the College National Finals Rodeo. He's out to change things this year.
The CNFR is made up of the top three finishers in every event from the region.
"College is a whole different world from high school," said Hill during rodeo practice on Wednesday night. "You have to do stuff a lot better. You have to be a lot sharper. It's just a lot better, tougher competition. It made me a lot better steer wrestler."
After the fall season, Hill is now fighting for the steer wrestling title in the region, currently standing in second place.
"It would mean a lot for me to qualify for nationals," Hill said. "I would be a little disappointed if I didn't win it. I'm going to go for first, but I would be happy if I got second or third. I'm just going to see how it plays out.
"You have to have confidence in yourselves or it's not really worth going," Hill said. "I just decided to change that."
The fall season consists of five rodeos in the September and October.
Hill placed third the Lamar Community College rodeo and won the Chadron State College rodeo.
"I could have done a lot better," Hill said. "I ended up only getting points out of two rodeos. It should have been a lot more. I have something to work on. I will go back in the spring to try to win them all."
Scoring and not breaking from the gate early are two of the things Hill is working on.
"I just don't want to go early so I will get the 10 second penalty," Hill said.
In steer wrestling, the cowboy chases a steer on horseback, drops from the horse to the steer, then wrestles the steer to the ground by twisting its horns.
"There is always pressure if you want to do good enough," Hill said. "It's always on the back of the mind what you want to do. If you think about it too much it will make you real nervous."
Hill is tied with Casper College's Riley Krassin in the region with 280 points in the runner-up position.
Krassin is from Lander.
"Riley is really tough," Hill said. "I know a lot of cowboys from other regions, and this seems to be the toughest region by far."
David Hinman from Northeastern Junior College is first at 290 points. Himan's teammate Tylor Bond is fourth (270 points).
"A lot of it is numbers," Hill said. "When you have that many cowboys it's just a lot easier to have a good weekend. It makes the tough competition."
Hill started steer wrestling in his freshman season in high school.
"It was just something that somebody talked me into it and I fell in love with it," Hill said.
The sophomore came to CWC from Blackfoot, Idaho.
He qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in the team roping competition.
"I didn't do very good at nationals," Hill said. "I missed a steer."
Hill also was a wrestler in high school. He placed second at 171 pounds in his senior year.
"There is one main similarity between the two. It's all a mental game," Hill said. "It's mind over matter type of stuff."
Former CWC rodeo standout Stetson Jorgensen talked Hill into attending CWC.
"It was an easy decision after I found it," Hill said.
In the classroom, Hill is studying range land management.
"It consists of all the agriculture programs here at CWC," Hill said. "I want to walk out with an education."
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