By: Mandi McCary
DEADWOOD, S.D. – As the dust settled at the iconic outdoor Deadwood Events Complex, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) clinched the Round 1 win at the PBR Monster Energy Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires.
Swearingen, who was sidelined for a good portion of the season’s first half recovering from shoulder and hip surgeries, paced along the back of the unique wooden bucking chutes before his matchup with Gray Smoke (Farris/ Garcia Rodeo Bulls).
Firing out of the chutes aboard the athletic bovine, Swearingen remained in control to make the 8 and receive the round’s highest score of 89.5 points, marking his second round win of the 2021 PBR Unleash The Beast (UTB) season.
Saturday night helped the New York cowboy collect 28 world points, moving him up one spot in the world standings from No. 37 to No. 36.
Brazilian young gun Adriano Salgado (Batatais, Brazil) had fans in the serene Black Hills wildly cheering as he sailed to a second-place finish aboard Boogie Bomb (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) with an 88.75-point ride score.
Salgado’s Round 1 effort in South Dakota earned the 23-year-old 18 world points to hold strong to the No. 48 spot in the world standings.
On the hunt to climb the world standings as the season nears a close, 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) finished in third place Saturday night.
Paired with Not Today (Nancy Haverty/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger), Davis was the last rider of the night.
The stone-faced Texan launched from the chutes, and despite the massive bovine doing its best to twist and best him, he remained in control to collect an 88-point ride score.
The former World Champion’s finish within the Top 5 netted 17 world points to aid in his hold of the No. 3 spot in the world standings and narrow the gap between himself and No. 2-ranked rider in the world, 2018 PBR World Champion Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), to a mere 48 points.
Both men still trail world leader and reigning PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) by a large margin.
Despite being out of competition for several weeks due to an injury sustained in Newark, Leme still maintains a tight hold on the No. 1 spot in the world standings, sitting 866 points ahead of Pacheco and 914 ahead of Davis.
In an impressive show of talent, Brazilian Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) shared fourth place in the round with fellow countryman and three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil).
Alves was ecstatic, pumping his fists in the air, after riding Soup in a Group (Wilks Ranch/ Clay Struve/ Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger) for 86.25 points earlier in the night. Beginning the weekend in the No. 22 spot in the world standings, he also collected 15.5 points and now holds the No. 17 spot.
As the third-to-last rider of the night, the veteran Vieira was matched with Spastica (Bierema Rodeo Inc.). The Deadwood Events Complex was electric as he made the 8 and matched Alves’s 86.25-point score.
Collecting the 15.5 world points will aid Vieira in his quest to vie for a world title as he now sits in the No. 4 spot in the standings.
The PBR Monster Energy Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, will continue with Round 2, followed by the championship round, on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1:45 p.m. MST at the Deadwood Events Complex.
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PBR Unleash The Beast – Monster Energy Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires
Deadwood Events Complex -Deadwood, South Dakota
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Daylon Swearingen, 89.5-0-0-89.50-28 Points.
2. Adriano Salgado, 88.75-0-0-88.75-18 Points.
3. Cooper Davis, 88-0-0-88.00-17 Points.
4. João Ricardo Vieira, 86.25-0-0-86.25-15.5 Points.
(tie). Silvano Alves, 86.25-0-0-86.25-15.5 Points.
6. Kaique Pacheco, 86-0-0-86.00-13.5 Points.
(tie). Cody Casper, 86-0-0-86.00-13.5 Points.
8. Derek Kolbaba, 84.75-0-0-84.75-11.5 Points.
(tie). Mauricio Gulla Moreira, 84.75-0-0-84.75-11.5 Points.
10. Andrew Alvidrez, 83.5-0-0-83.50-10 Points.
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0-0-0.00
Chase Dougherty, 0-0-0-0.00
Junior Patrik Souza, 0-0-0-0.00
Marco Eguchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Dalton Kasel, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Teel, 0-0-0-0.00
Jesse Petri, 0-0-0-0.00
Eli Vastbinder, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Jesus, 0-0-0-0.00
João Henrique Lucas, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00
Austin Richardson, 0-0-0-0.00
Mason Taylor, 0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0.00
Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0-0-0.00
Thiago Salgado, 0-0-0-0.00
Conner Halverson, 0-0-0-0.00
Lucas Divino, 0-0-0-0.00
Fernando Henrique Novais, 0-0-0-0.00
Manoelito de Souza Junior, 0-0-0-0.00
Leonardo Lima, 0-0-0-0.00
Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0.00
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