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Waguespack Uses Clutch Move to Advance to San Antonio Rodeo Semifinals

Tyler Waguespack’s 3.8-second run was just enough to get the 2016 world champion a trip back to the San Antonio Rodeo for the Semifinals. San Antonio Rodeo photo by Greg Westfall

SAN ANTONIO – The 2016 world champion steer wrestler, Tyler Waguespack, had to win the third round of Bracket 2 to have any opportunity to advance to the Semifinals and win a coveted San Antonio Rodeo championship.

That’s exactly what the Gonzales, Louisiana, resident did in the AT&T Center on Monday night. After coming up empty in the first two rounds, he stopped the clock in 3.8 seconds riding the world champion steer wrestling horse, “Scooter.” That earned him a much-needed $2,378 and a trip back here for the Semifinals.

The big money winner in the steer wrestling in this bracket grew up competing in rodeos in Hawaii. Cody Cabral qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 2016 and was the first contestant to represent his native state in the steer wrestling there. Cabral is anxious to get back to Las Vegas next December and a big win here would help. He was the most consistent steer wrestler in this bracket placing in every round to earn $3,567.

In the saddle bronc riding, Sterling Crawley from Stephenville, Texas, had an outstanding ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Show Me Again to win the round. Crawley took the victory lap around the arena after receiving an 87-point ride. Crawley’s older brother Jacobs, the 2015 world champion competed in Bracket 1 and won the third round as well. Now both of them will be riding during the Semifinals.

Other brothers, Rusty and Ryder Wright are going to be split up as only Rusty will be advancing. Ryder, the reigning world champion finished one spot out of the top four. Rusty was at the top of the leaderboard with $5,648. The Milford, Utah, residents will now be waiting as their father, Cody, and uncles, Jake, Jesse, and Spencer, compete to see who all will be riding against Rusty in the semis.

Oklahomans Coleman Proctor from Pryor, and Billie Jack Saebens from Nowata were the most successful team ropers over performances four through six. They won the third round with a 4.2-second run and were the only team to place in all three rounds. With Proctor doing the heading and Saebens catching hind feet, they earned $5,351.

Bracket 3 starts on Tuesday night with 10 new contestants in all seven events beginning at 7 p.m. They are all vying for a portion of the $1.7 million in prize money available here. The bulk of that will be paid during the final rodeo performance on Saturday, Feb. 24.


The following are results after the sixth performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the 13-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year.

Bracket 2, round 3, followed by Semifinals qualifiers –

Sixth Performance

Bareback Riding: 1, Orin Larson, Inglis, Manitoba, 84.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Ain’t No Vitalix Angel, $2,378. 2, Jordan Pelton, Halliday, N.D., 82, $1,784. 3, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 81, $1,189. 4, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 80.5, $595. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Breuer, $5,351. 2, (tie) Larson and Pelton, $3,567. 4, Seth Lee Hardwick, Ranchester, Wyo., 2,378.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 3.8 seconds, $2,378. 2, (tie) Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii, 4.2, $1,486 each. 4, (tie) Josh Garner, Live Oak, Calif., and Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 4.4, $297 each. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Cabral, $3,567. 2, Irwin, $2,675. 3, (tie) Waguespack and Will Lummus, West Point, Miss., $2,378.

Team Roping: 1, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 4.2 seconds, $2,378 each. 2, (tie) Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, and Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah; Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo., and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo.; Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, 4.4, $1,189 each. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Proctor and Saebens, $5,351. 2, Wade and Skelton, $4,756. 3, Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Nano Garza, Las Cruces, N.M., $2,081. 4, Cory Kidd V, Statesville, N.C., and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas, $1,784.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 87 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Show Me Again, $2,378. 2, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 85, $1,784. 3, Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 84.5, $1,189. 4, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 83.5, $595. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Wright, $5,648. 2, Thurston, $3,864. 3, (tie) Crawley and Diaz, $3,567.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Randall Carlisle, Athen, La., 7.7 seconds, $2,378. 2, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.0, $1,784. 3, Ace Sloan, Cuero, Texas, 9.3, $1,189. 4, Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 10.3, $595. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, (tie) Carlisle and Richard, $4,756. 2, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, $2,675. 4, Sloan, $2,081.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Jessi Telford, Caldwell, Idaho, 14.11 seconds, $2,378. 2, Ivy Conrado, Hudson, Colo., 14.16, $1,784. 3, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, $1,189. 4, Nicole Laurence, Cresson, Texas, 14.20, $595. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Conrado, $5,945. 2, Murray, $5,351. 3, Telford, $2,378. 4, Callahan Crossley, Hermiston, Ore., $1,784.

Bull Riding: 1, Rugar Piva, Challis, Idaho, 86 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Chocolate Shake, $3,270. 2, Koby Radley, Montpelier, La., 85.5, $2,675. (Semifinals qualifiers) 1, Radley, $5,054. 2, Piva, $4,459. 3, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, $3,567. 4, Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, $2,378.

About the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo:
Established in 1949, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, winner of the PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for an unprecedented 13 consecutive times, has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious single events in the city, with over 2 million visitors entering the grounds each year. The success of the organization is attributed to over 6,000 volunteers who give countless hours to the organization. With community, donor and volunteer support, the organization has donated over $186 million to the youth of Texas through scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program and show premiums. For more information, visit sarodeo.com.