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Oct 05
MPCC Rodeo Team wins big in Iowa

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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. 

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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: 

Tie-down roping:

  • First - Riley Weehler, Maloy, Iowa 

Bull riding: 

  • Second - Garrett Wickett, Norfolk 

Team roping: 

  • Third - Wyatt Killion, Ainsworth 

Steer wrestling: 

  • Third - Sawyer Strand, Harrisburg, S.D. 
  • Fifth - JT Bradley, Brewster 

Barrel racing: 

  • Fifth - Masen Maher, Hamburg, Iowa 

Iowa State Rodeo: 

Bull riding: 

  • First - Garrett Wickett, Norfolk 

Tie-down roping: 

  • First - JT Bradley, Brewster 
  • Fifth - Riley Weehler, Maloy, Iowa 

Steer wrestling: 

  • First - Sawyer Strand – Harrisburg, S.D. 
  • Second - Tyler Murray, McCook 
  • Sixth - Austin Jensen, Walton 

Team roping: 

  • Third - Rhett O'Connor, McCook 

Saddle Bronc: 

  • Third - Wyatt Kunkee, Lexington 

Barrel racing: 

  • 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."  

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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. 

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​