Everything began with the first round of the 2018 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo just 24-hours ago as Las Vegas was turned upside down and made “Cowboy Town” for the next ten days. As round one progressed, it was apparent that things would mainly stay the same as they looked atop of the world standings leaderboard but there were many impressive outings that the cowboys and cowgirls here this week displayed down on the arena floor. In a majority of the seven events, the top contenders continued on the path of dominance that they have set forth throughout the entire 2018 professional rodeo season. Many of the events are within striking distance while at least one, the bull riding event, has been dominated by PRCA world champion Sage Kimzey who managed to add to his lead in last night’s first round of action from the Thomas & Mack!
Now that the jitters and the nerves have subsided for many of the professional rodeo athletes competing here this year, it was time to buckle down and see what they could do as we kicked off the first of two Fridays here in Las Vegas as we welcomed in the second round of action in front of another sold-out crowd. Coming into this year’s event, it was well documented that J.R. Vezain could not compete due to his spinal cord injury but we had to end a season for another athlete during last night’s round one. Wrangler National Finals bullfighter Nathan Jestes sustained two separate hamstring tears while protecting the fifteen bull riders competing here that would require him to make an early exit from the arena floor for the remainder of the nine nights of action that we have left. Dr. Tandy Freeman will decide on the next course of action for Jestes following the conclusion of the 2018 WNFR and the Rodeo Round Up team will continue to monitor the situation and bring you all the updates as we have them.
Tyler Pearson Takes The Round Two Steer Wrestling Win At The 2018 WNFR
Photo Credit: PRCA Photographer Greg Westfall
As we stated last night in our round one coverage, all of us at the Rodeo Round Up hope that we can bring you all of the information that you need to have a fantastic 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo experience. That being said, we have decided to keep you up to date on nightly winners, aggregate leaders, and world number one watches while spotlighting one event each night to cover more thoroughly so that we can give each event their own time to shine throughout the ten-day run here in Las Vegas. Last night we were proud to spotlight the bad boys in the bareback riding and tonight we switch sides of the arena to the timed event end to bring you in-depth coverage of the big boys of the steer wrestling event. one of the closest races early on here this week at the WNFR.
Last night steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack was able to take the round win but fell a little short here in round two after splitting the fifth and sixth place holes to earn another $5,500 to add to his $23,000+ from last night. Tonight another cowboy would be able to take center stage while earning his first-round win at the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo sending him across the South Point Hotel and Casino stage later in the night for the Go-Round Buckle Presentation. Tonight, that man would be non-other than Tyler Pearson who laid down a blazing run of 3.8 seconds to best every other competitor by .2 seconds earning him a whopping $26,230.77 for his short work down on the arena floor. Things will begin to tighten up even more as the rounds progress and we inch closer to crowning our new 2018 PRCA world champions!
Round Winner: Tilden Hooper (87.50)
Aggregate Leader: Mason Clements (172.00/2)
World Leader: Tim O’Connell
Round Winner: Tyler Pearson (3.80 Seconds)
Aggregate Leader: Tyler Waguespack (7.80 Seconds/2)
World Leader: Tyler Pearson
Round Winner: Clay Smith/Paul Eaves (4.00 Seconds)
Aggregate Leader: Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (9.10 Seconds/2)
World Leaders: Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira
Saddle Bronc Riding
Round Winner: Cort Scheer (92.00)
Aggregate Leader: Cort Scheer (178.50/2)
World Leader: Ryder Wright
Round Winner: Marty Yates (7.60 Seconds)
Aggregate Leader: Caleb Smidt (15.40 Seconds/2)
World Leader: Tuf Cooper
Round Winner: Lisa Lockhart (13.65 Seconds)
Aggregate Leader: Amberleigh Moore (27.32 Seconds/2)
World Leader: Hailey Kinsel
Round Winner: Joe Frost (90.00)
Aggregate Leader: Joe Frost (177.00/2)
World Leader: Sage Kimzey
World Leader: Tuf Cooper
Over the next ten nights of action here in Las Vegas, there will be many things that our Rodeo Round Up team will be keeping an eye on and some things that may be happening that we simply may not have enough time to cover. For that reason, we would like to give you the opportunity to check out the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association website by clicking HERE to check out what is happening around town, where the parties are at and where you can watch the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo performances if you were not able to secure a ticker of your own to the Thomas & Mack. For those of you that have not been able to join us in Las Vegas, you can keep up to date right here at the Rodeo Round Up or even watch it for yourselves each night at 9 P.M. Central on CBS Sports Network!
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