Even though Bill Tutor was the only bareback rider in attendance during the third performance of the Molalla Buckeroo Monday night, he found his way into second place with a 76.5-point ride.
"I didn't know that I was going to be the only one out tonight, but this time of year, it's not unexpected," Tutor said, speaking to the busy schedules nearly all rodeo athletes have during Cowboy Christmas. "I know other guys that are conflicted with other rodeos … it's just a busy time of year, and that's how I landed here in Molalla and St. Paul, [I] was at St. Paul just a second ago."
Tutor said he didn't have any luck at St. Paul, but he was glad to be able to come out to Molalla and put on a second-place worthy show.
"When it rains, it pours, but it can turn around just as fast as it goes the other way," Tutor said.
In the bull riding, two athletes came close to Jordan Hansen's day one score of 85 points but couldn't usurp it as reigning world champion Sage Kimzey scored an 82 just after Toby Collins earned an 80.5 to put them in second and third, respectively.
Collins also rode in the saddle bronc earlier in the night, though he didn't score high enough to get in the money.
"I'm pretty happy, I rode a bronc earlier and that felt good; I've been feeling pretty good all week to be out here riding," Collins said.
Collins said he started his Cowboy Christmas in Oakley City, Utah and then to Eugene on July 2, and after the third night of the Buckeroo, he said he's heading to West Jordan, Utah.
"Last year was the first time I came here and I didn't have any luck then, but I like this rodeo, it's one of my favorites," he said.
And while Kimzey, the number one rider in the world, was up right after him, he wasn't thinking about his competitor's performance too much.
"That's out of my control; I'm just worried about what I can control," he said.
Other highlights from the night include Brady Nicholes' 84-point ride on Flying 5 Rodeo's Holy Holly to take first place in the saddle bronc as he was the only athlete on the night to move into the top spot in an event. Right after his ride, Nicholes sprinted out of the stadium, likely to try and make another event. Nick LaDuke's 82-point from opening night holds in second place.
In the steer wrestling, Sterling Lambert sits in first place after averaging 8.9 seconds in his two runs; on Monday night, he clocked a scorching 3.9 seconds to clinch the lead.
The team roping duo of Erich Rogers and Cory Petska remains at the top of the leaderboard from their opening ngiht performance that clocked 4.9 seconds; Mason Clements holds strong in the bareback riding with 86 points; Cade Swor keeps the lead in tie-down roping with 7.9 seconds; and Brenda Mays stays in first in the barrels with a time of 17.33 seconds.
The action continues Independence Day at the 1:30 p.m. matinee show followed by the 8 p.m. final performance of the Buckeroo.
Standings through three performances
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Mason Clements, 86 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Spring Tunes; 2. Bill Tutor, 76.5; 3. Steven Dent, 76; 4. Tilden Hooper, 71.5; 5. Kaycee Feild, 71; 6. Taylor Broussard, 69.5.
Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Clayton Morrison, 4.0 seconds, $1,694; 2. Sean Santucci, 4.2, $1,402; 3. Rudy Switzer, 4.3, $1,110; 4. (tie) Sterling Lambert and Wayne Schaffeld, 4.7, $672 each; 6. Trevor Knowles, 4.8, $292. Second round leaders: 1. K.C. Jones, 3.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Sterling Lambert and Ryle Smith, 4.2 each; 4. Rowdy Parrott, 4.7; 5. Billy Bugenig, 4.9; 6. (tie) Ryan Bothum and Timmy Sparing, 5.1 each. Average leaders: 1. Sterling Lambert, 8.9 seconds on two head; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 9.9; 3. Billy Bugenig, 10.3; 4. (tie) Ryan Bothum and Chance Howard, 10.5 each; 6. Clayton Morrison, 11.0.
Team roping leaders: 1. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 4.9 seconds; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.0; 3. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.3; 4. Tanner Patzke/Quade Patzke, 5.5; 5. (tie) Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn and Bob Thompson/Tom Nelson, 5.6 each.
Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Brady Nicholes, 84 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Holy Holly; 2. Nick LaDuke, 82; 3. Samuel Kelts, 80.5; 4. Joe Lufkin, 80; 5. (tie) Cort Scheer and Jacobs Crawley, 79.5 each.
Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Cade Swor, 7.9 seconds; 2. Tuf Cooper, 8.0; 3. (tie) Blair Burk and Tyson Durfey, 8.6 each; 5. Caddo Lewallen, 8.7; 6. Justin Brinkerhoff, 8.8.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. Brenda Mays, 17.33 seconds; 2. Morgan Breaux, 17.41; 3. Carley Richardson, 17.57; 4. Teri Bangart, 17.59; 5. Rachel Stoller, 17.62; 6. (tie) Jordan Moore and Linzie Lindsey, 17.72 each.
Bull riding leaders: 1. Jordan Hansen, 85 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Black Betty; 2. Sage Kimzey, 82; 3. Toby Collins, 80.5; 4. Cody Hudson, 80; 5. Jory Markiss, 77; 6. Justin Schmitt, 75.
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