May 2, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorStetson Jorgensen and Colton Miller clinched individual Central Rocky Mountain Region rodeo titles on Sunday in Laramie.
The two Central Wyoming College freshmen locked up spots for the College National Finals Rodeo in June at the Casper Events Center.
Jorgensen won his title in steer wrestling, and Miller finished in the top spot in saddle bronc.
In the final regional team standings, the Rustlers finished fourth (3,285 points) and won't go to the CNFR as a team, but several CWC cowboys will compete individually.
Casper College won the regional crown (4,310). Gillette College finished second (4,106.66) and University of Wyoming placed third (3,835).
The top two teams and the top three individuals per event qualify for the CNFR.
Jorgensen entered the Laramie rodeo in ninth place in the regional standings but finished in a tie for first when the dust cleared.
Jorgensen didn't want to steer wrestle in the fall season, but he changed his mind in the spring season.
"He spotted all those guys five rodeos," CWC rodeo coach Rick Smith said. "He came back to win the region as a freshman. That is a pretty good accomplishment."
In the Laramie rodeo, Jorgensen had a two-ride time of 11.2 seconds to win the steer wrestling title. University of Wyoming's Thomas Smith finished second (13.0 seconds).
"After he won the first round, I thought that he would probably make the CNFR," Smith said. "I was surprised that he won the region. We were all surprised."
Jorgensen and Miles Spickelmier of Chadron State College tied for first in the regional standings with a score of 425. Northeastern's Kelby Bond came in third (370 points).
"Stetson is a competitor," Smith said. "He doesn't let anything distract him. He is really good at taking at what he learns at practice and applying it in the competition."
Saddle bronc duo
Miller won the saddle bronc title in Laramie to give him the regional championship.
Miller had a score of 155 points on two rides to close out the regular season. Miller ended up scoring 815 points in the regional standings.
"Colton made the best ride on his final round go-around on Sunday," Smith said. "He did everything right."
CWC's Charlie Kogianes tied with Laramie's Gus Thoreson for second (139 points) in Laramie.
Kogianes finished third in the regional standings (725 points). Gillette's Travis Nelson was second (790 ).
"Charlie had to do well on Sunday or he wouldn't have made it," Smith said. "Charlie and Colton both responded to the challenge."
CWC's Tyler Williams placed second in bull riding to qualify for the CNFR. Williams scored 420 points to earn his trip to Casper. Williams struggled in the spring season after a fast start in the fall.
"The thing about Tyler is he had his shoulder operated on in November," Smith said. "He has never been the same. I think this month before the CNFR will help him."
Laramie's Nick Johnson won the regional bull riding crown (445 points) and Joshua Harrell from Casper College finished third (415).
CWC's Corbin Nicholls and partner Jamie Mangis (Sheridan College) ended fourth in the regional standings, just missing CNFR qualification.
The tandem scored 410 points in the regular season. Matthew Schieck (Sheridan College) and Kelsey Scott (Casper College) were third with 540 points. Schieck and Nicholls graduated from Riverton High School.
Results from University of Wyoming rodeo held Friday through Sunday in Laramie
Men's team standings -- 1. Central Wyoming College, 650; 2. University of Wyoming, 510; 3. Gillette College, 460; 4. Sheridan College, 310; 5. Casper College, 290; 6. Northeastern Junior College, 200; 7. Laramie County Community College, 160; 8. Lamar Community College, 125; 9. Eastern Wyoming College, 115; 10. (tie) Otero Junior College and Colorado State University, 60.
Women's team standings -- 1. Gillette College, 300; 2. Eastern Wyoming College, 270; 3. Chadron State College, 230; 4. Central Wyoming College, 158.33; 5. University of Wyoming, 133.33; 6. Laramie County Community College, 100; 7. Northeastern Junior College, 80; 8. Colorado State University, 70; 9. Sheridan College, 50; 10. Lamar Community College, 5.
Men's all-around -- 1. Tyler Schnaufer, Wyoming, 270; 2. Stetson Jorgensen, CWC, 205.
Women's all-around -- 1. Shelby Winchell, Eastern, 215.
Saddle bronc riding -- 1. Colton Miller, CWC, 155; 3. Charlie Kogianes, CWC, 139; 7. Stetson Jorgensen, CWC, 119.
Bareback riding -- 1. Zachariah Phillips, Casper College, 158.
Bull riding -- 1. Justin Ellis, Chadron, 124.
Tie-down roping -- 1. Clayton Van Ankien, Wyoming, 21.8.
Steer wrestling -- 1. Stetson Jorgensen, CWC, 11.2.
Team roping header -- 1. Tyler Schnaufer, Wyoming, 14.8 2. Corbin Nicholls, CWC, 15.2.Team roping heeler -- 1. Shay Carroll, Northeastern, 14.8; 2. Jake Mangis, Sheridan College, 15.2
Barrel racing -- 1. Kaylee Gallino, Chadron, 30.72.
Breakaway roping -- 1. Jordan Thurston, Gillette College, 6.1; 2. Toby Dunlavy, CWC, 6.7
Goat tying -- 1. Shelby Winchell, Eastern Wyoming, 14.2; 2. Traci Hinman, CWC, 14.4; 7. Lacey Tech, CWC, 15.0.
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