Young Gun Halverson Collects Career-First Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Win in Sioux City

By: Mandi McCary

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – On Saturday night, fans at the Tyson Events Center were treated to night two of the first-ever PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) event in Sioux City, Iowa.

As the dust settled, young gun Conner Halverson (Gordon, Nebraska) emerged victorious after going 2-for-3 at the Sioux City Classic, presented locally by Bomgaars and Wilson Trailer.

After things didn’t go as planned in Round 1 on Friday night when he hit the ground after a mere 3.27 seconds, dispatched by Tannerite (Lightning Livestock, Inc.), Halverson was successful in both of his Saturday night matchups.

Round 2 earlier in the evening matched the 19-year-old with Black Cadillac (Halpain Bucking Bulls), and he made the 8 for a solid 88.5-point ride score.

In the championship round, Halverson rocketed from the chutes aboard Mongoose (Championship Pro Rodeo/CCC/Cunningham), and fans roared as his 89-point score was announced, confirming his first-ever PWVT win.

The win earned the Nebraska cowboy 42.5 world points.

Lucas Fideles Souza (Barnstable, Massachusetts) went 2-for-3 to collect a second-place finish on Saturday night. After being one of only four men to record a qualified ride in Friday night’s Round 1, Souza began his Saturday night in disappointing fashion when he was bucked off of Blue (Frontier Rodeo/CBT) in 3.23 seconds.

Knowing that a successful championship-round ride was imperative, Souza was stone-faced and focused as he climbed aboard Breaking Records (Rafter B Bucking Bulls/ Harris) in the final round of the weekend. The 27-year-old cowboy from Massachusetts was all smiles as his 89-point score was announced.

Souza leaves Iowa with 28.5 world points.

Missouri young gun Bob Mitchell (Steelville, Missouri) finished in third place overall for the weekend after going 2-for-3 at the second PWVT event of his bull riding career.

In Round 2, Mitchell was no match for Kiss This (Championship Pro Rodeo/ CCC/ Cunningham), hitting the ground after 2.59 seconds.

However, his successful championship-round ride aboard Burn it Down (L&E Bucking Bulls/ Praus) combined with his second-place finish in Friday night’s Round 1 secured his spot on the leaderboard.

For his efforts, Mitchell collected 16 world points.

Brazil’s Adriano Salgado (Navirai, Brazil) began the weekend on fire after a second-place finish in Round 1. However, Saturday night did not go as planned for the determined 23-year-old.

After an 85-point ride aboard Law Dog (Julio Moreno/Schott Bucking Bulls) in Saturday’s Round 2, Salgado was then paired with Downdraft (Barker Bulls, LLC). Judges awarded the young Brazilian a re-ride after determining his bull did not make a clean out.

Climbing back on the chutes minutes later, Salgado was paired with Work Force (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls), who tossed him to the ground in 4.65 seconds.

Despite a less-than-favorable 2-for-3 weekend, Salgado leaves Sioux City with 12 world points for his fourth-place finish.

Rounding out the Top 5 of the weekend was Manoelito De Souza Junior (Itamira, Brazil), who rode his way to a Round 1 win on Friday night.

Despite sitting atop the leaderboard as Saturday night began, Souza faltered in both of his matchups during the night.

In Round 2, Pneu-Dart’s Big Time (Miller /Halpain) flung him to the ground in just 2 seconds. While Souza’s championship-round ride aboard Oso (T&G Bucking Bulls) showed potential, the bovine bested him at 6.85 seconds.

Despite his 1-for-3 weekend, the fifth-place finish earned the talented 25-year-old 11 world points.

The Sioux City weekend was also a stop on the Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Rafter B Bucking Bulls/Harris took home first place, scoring 276.67 points, while Halpain Bucking Bulls #2 collected a second-place finish with 275.82.

Fans can relive all the action from Round 2 and the championship round in Iowa starting on Sunday, May 23 at 8 a.m. ET on or via the RidePass mobile app.

The talented bull riders of the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour will next head to Knoxville, Tennessee, for the Knoxville Invitational at Thompson Boling Arena June 4-5.

PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) – Sioux City Classic
Tyson Events Center – Sioux City Classic
Name, Round 1-Round 2-Event Aggregate-Event Points

1. Conner Halverson, 0-88.5-89-177.50-42.5 Points.
2. Lucas Fideles Souza, 87-0-89-176.00-28.5 Points.
3. Bob Mitchell, 87-0-88-175.00-16 Points.
4. Adriano Salgado, 87-85-0-172.00-12 Points.
5. Manoelito de Souza Junior, 87.5-0-0-87.50-11 Points.
6. Jake Morinec, 0-87-0-87.00-7 Points.
7. Mason Ward, 0-84-0-84.00-4 Points.
8. Fernando Henrique Novais, 0-83.5-0-83.50-1 Points.
Grayson Cole, 0-0-0-0.00
Thor Hoefer II, 0-0-0-0.00
Triston Dean, 0-0-0-0.00
Justin Houston, 0-0-0-0.00
Keith Hall, 0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Jake Lockwood, 0-0-0-0.00
Laramie Craigen, 0-0-0-0.00
Dirlei Bonani, 0-0-0-0.00
Hayden Harris, 0-0-0-0.00
Jorge Valdiviezo, 0-0-0-0.00
Vinell Mariano, 0-0-0-0.00
William Wright, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Campbell, 0-0-0-0.00
River Stephenson, 0-0-0-0.00
Ricky Aguiar, 0-0-0-0.00
Dylan Madsen, 0-0-0-0.00
Dalton Krantz, 0-0-0-0.00
Weston Hartman, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Jones, 0-0-0-0.00
Wyatt Austin, 0-0-0-0.00
Matt Hennelly, 0-0-0-0.00
Levi Hershberger, 0-0-0-0.00
Anthony Hopen, 0-0-0-0.00
Zach Laney, 0-0-0-0.00
Josh Lewis, 0-0-0-0.00
Fernando Mayans, 0-0-0-0.00
Christian Melgarejo, 0-0-0-0.00
Elijah Monnett, 0-0-0-0.00
Mason Moody, 0-0-0-0.00
Matt Oliver, 0-0-0-0.00
D.J. Parker, 0-0-0-0.00
Jacob Ramirez, 0-0-0-0.00
Cimarron Rucker, 0-0-0-0.00
Bo T Vocu, 0-0-0-0.00
Chase Wimer, 0-0-0-0.00

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