McConnel Takes Round 1 in Salt Lake City

By: Brynna Waters
February 06, 2016

Ryan McDonnel wins in Round 1 in Salt Lake City. Photos By Josie Vimahi.

Ryan McDonnel wins in Round 1 in Salt Lake City. Photos By Josie Vimahi.

SALT LAKE CITY – Ryan McConnel took the first round of the Professional Bull Riders BlueDEF Tour at the Maverik Center on Friday night.

McConnel, who is coming back from a neck injury, rode Who Dey (Flying V Bulls/Ron & Deb Volmer) for 89.5 points to take the event lead.

In second place was Emilio Resende who rode Seer’s Square Deel (L4 Livestock/Mark Ward) for 86.5 points Friday. Brant Atwood took third on the night by riding Cache Idiot (Flying V Bulls/Ron & Deb Volmer) for 86 points.

Kolt Donaldson and Brady Oleson rounded out the Top 5 with scores of 84 points. Donaldson rode Muddy Smile (Mann Creek Buck N Bulls/Tim Roberts), while Oleson took on JD Rocks (Flying V Bulls/Ron & Deb Volmer) in the first round.

The BlueDEF Tour, presented by Real Time Pain Relief, returns to the Maverik Center on Saturday night. The action will start at 7 p.m. MT with doors opening at 6 p.m.

The BlueDEF Finals will take place at South Point Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 29-31, leading into the PBR 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals. The winner of the BlueDEF Finals, the second- and third-place finishers, and the top international performer, along with the 2016 BlueDEF Tour Champion, will each qualify to compete at the PBR World Finals

Professional Bull Riders BlueDEF Round 1 Event Results:
Feb. 5- Salt Lake City

Round 1 (Round 1-Round 2-Total Ride Score-Points-Earnings)

1. Ryan McConnel, 89.5-0.0-89.5-$800
2. Emilio Resende, 86.5-0.0-86.5-$600
3. Brant Atwood, 86.0-0.0-86.0-$400
4. Kolt Donaldson,  84.0-0.0-84.0-$100
5. Brady Oleson, 84.0-0.0-84.0-$100

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