JT Bradley, of Brewster, competes in the steer wrestling at the Iowa Central Community College Triton Stampede on Sept. 29. He ended up fifth in the event. (Photo courtesy of Tim Fuchs and TFC Photography)
The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team had tremendous success during back-to-back rodeos in Iowa over the weekend.
Members competed at the Iowa Central Community College Triton Stampede in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Sept. 28-29 then at the Iowa State University Cyclone Stampede in Ames, Iowa on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
MPCC ended up with five first place finishes, including the men's team championship at Iowa State. The men's team also placed third at Iowa Central. The women's team split third, fourth and fifth at Iowa State.
Garrett Wickett, of Norfolk,
rides his bull to a second place finish at the Iowa Central Community College
Triton Stampede in Fort Dodge, Iowa on Sept. 29. He won the event two days
later in Ames, Iowa. (Photos courtesy of Tim Fuchs and TFC Photography)
Individual results are as follows:
Iowa Central Rodeo:
- First - Riley Weehler, Maloy, Iowa
- Second - Garrett Wickett, Norfolk
- Third - Wyatt Killion, Ainsworth
- Third - Sawyer Strand, Harrisburg, S.D.
- Fifth - JT Bradley, Brewster
- Fifth - Masen Maher, Hamburg, Iowa
Iowa State Rodeo:
- First - Garrett Wickett, Norfolk
- First - JT Bradley, Brewster
- Fifth - Riley Weehler, Maloy, Iowa
- First - Sawyer Strand – Harrisburg, S.D.
- Second - Tyler Murray, McCook
- Sixth - Austin Jensen, Walton
- Third - Rhett O'Connor, McCook
- Third - Wyatt Kunkee, Lexington
- Fourth - Samantha Vontleeder, Ainsworth
- Fifth - Shania Macomber, Whitman
"Overall, I'm really happy with how our team did," said Garrett Nokes, MPCC Rodeo Team timed event coach. "The upperclassmen really showed their experience and aggression over the weekend, and freshman JT Bradley placed at both rodeos, so kudos to him. He has proven he's going to be a big part of the team."
JT Bradley, of Brewster, chases a calf in the tie-down roping at the Iowa Central Community College Triton Stampede on Sept. 29. He won the event a couple days later in Ames, Iowa. (Photo courtesy of Tim Fuchs and TFC Photography)
MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach Dustin Elliott was also pleased with how the team did overall, but thinks it could do even better.
"I still feel we aren't performing to our full potential," said Elliott. "I like the doubleheader format in Iowa because it's like pro rodeo where you compete more than once a weekend. I'm pleased that we performed better the second rodeo. That shows me these kids will not let defeat affect the next run. We've had some good practices and hopefully will finish in Fargo even stronger."
The fall rodeos will wrap up in Fargo, N.D. on Oct. 13-14. North Dakota State University will host the competition.