While most of the event leaders remained on top heading into the final day of the Buckeroo, the team roping heated up and saw two new leaders emerge over the top score that had stood since opening night.
Erich Rogers and Cory Petska were all set to take home the big money in the team roping as they clocked a 4.9 on the opening night, which held until the fourth performance when three teams unseated them.
Roger Nonella, who also earned all-around cowboy honors, and Will Gallagher came in and put up a 4.6 to take first, but it didn't last for long as Lane Ivy and Buddy Hawkins were up three teams later, clocking a new arena record of 3.9 seconds and earning $2,894 each.
Nonella and Gallagher nearly held second place outright until Riley and Brady Minor tied their 4.6 in the last ride of the performance, pushing the earnings down a little bit for everybody. Nonella/Gallagher and the Minors earned $2,347 each.
The bull riding also saw some drama as the top score from opening night was unseated by two riders during the final performance of the rodeo.
Jordan Hansen set the early lead on July 1 with an 85-point ride atop Big Bend Rodeo's Black Belly, which held strong until the final performance of the Buckeroo. The only athletes to get close were Sage Kimzey, reigning bull riding world champion, who scored 82 points on July 3 along with Toby Collins' 80.5-point ride the same day.
And while 85 points will win big money at a lot of rodeos, that's not the case at the Buckeroo; there are too many skilled athletes and monstrous animals to let that score go at least unchallenged.
That's when Garrett Tribble and Tim Bingham went toe-to-toe in the final performance of the Buckeroo, landing 87 and 86-point performances, respectively, to take the top spots. Tribble took home $3,948 while Bingham nabbed $3,027.
The tie-down roping was about as close as it could be, as the top six placers were all within seven-tenths of a second; Cade Swor took the top spot with a 7.9 second run, taking home $2,835 while Tuf Cooper just barely took second with an eight flat, winning $2,537. Third place saw a tie between Catfish Brown and Chase Williams at 8.3 seconds, as they each earned $2,089.
Sterling Lambert held his lead in the steer wrestling as he averaged 8.9 seconds over his two runs to earn himself $2.541, while Rowdy Parrott took second with a 9.9 average earning him $2,103, followed by Billy Bugenig rounding out the top three with a 10.3 average earning him $1,665.
The barrel racers held the same since the third performance as Brenda Mays kept the top spot with a 17.33 second run, earning herself $3,200. Morgan Breaux took second with a 17.41 run, earning $2,560, while Nellie Miller rounded out the top three with a 17.49, earning $2,080. Molalla's own Rachel Stoller held third place for a little while, but fell to sixth by the end of the Buckeroo; she and Cruiser clocked a 17.62 and earned $960.
Mason Clements' 86-point ride aboard Flying 5 Rodeo's Spring Tunes in the second performance held strong as he took the top spot in the bareback riding, earning $2,992.
Other than Clements, the standings in the bareback riding were uprooted in the final performance of the Buckeroo. Bill Tutor's 76.5-point ride held second through four performances, but that score was never going to stay among the leaders as he was pushed back to seventh by the end of the rodeo.
Clayton Biglow's 83-point ride earned him $2,294 in second place, while Steven Peebles earned $1,695 for an 82-point third place ride.
In the saddle bronc riding, Brady Nicholes' 84-point ride aboard Flying 5 Rodeo's Holy Holly set on July 3 held all the way through the finale as he earned $4,058. That ride wasn't altogether unchallenged, however, as Layton Green took second with an 83.5-point ride, earning himself $3,111. Nick LaDuke, who set the top score on opening night with an 82, rounded out the top three as he earned $2,300.
The total payoff for the Molalla Buckeroo totaled $124,484, down nearly $6,000 from last year's $130,448.
Bareback riding: 1. Mason Clements, 86 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Spring Tunes, $2,992; 2. Clayton Biglow, 83, $2,294; 3. Steven Peebles, 82, $1,695; 4. Wyatt Denny, 81.5, $1,097; 5. Austin Foss, 79, $698; 6. Buck Lunak, 78, $499; 7. Bill Tutor, 76.5, $399; 8. Steven Dent, 76, $299.
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) Wayne Schaffeld and Sterling Lambert, 4.7, $672 each; 6. Trevor Knowles, 4.8, $292. Second round: 1. K.C. Jones, 3.9 seconds, $1,694; 2. (tie) Ryle Smith and Sterling Lambert, 4.2, $1,256 each; 4. Rowdy Parrott, 4.7, $818; 5. Billy Bugenig, 4.9, $526; 6. (tie) Timmy Sparing and Ryan Bothum, 5.1, $146 each. Average: 1. Sterling Lambert, 8.9 seconds on two head, $2,541; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 9.9, $2,103; 3. Billy Bugenig, 10.3, $1,665; 4. (tie) Ryan Bothum and Chance Howard, 10.5, $1,008 each; 6. Clayton Morrison, 11.0, $438.
Team roping: 1. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 3.9 seconds, $2,894 each; 2. (tie) Riley Minor/Brady Minor and Roger Nonella/Will Gallagher, 4.6, $2,437 each; 4. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 4.9, $1,980; 5. (tie) Ryan Opie/Dayton Stafford and Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.0, $1,523 each; 7. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.3, $914 each; 9. (tie) Tom Richards/Tyler McKnight and Shane Erickson/Trevor McCoin, 5.4, $305 each.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Brady Nicholes, 84 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Holy Holly, $4,058; 2. Layton Green, 83.5, $3,111; 3. Nick LaDuke, 82, $2,300; 4. Samuel Kelts, 80.5, $1,488; 5. Joe Lufkin, 80, $947; 6. (tie) Jacobs Crawley, Cort Scheer and Mitch Pollock, 79.5, $541 each.
Tie-down roping: 1. Cade Swor, 7.9 seconds, $2,835; 2. Tuf Cooper, 8.0, $2,537; 3. (tie) Catfish Brown and Chase Williams, 8.3, $2,089 each; 5. Riley Pruitt, 8.5, $1,641; 6. (tie) Tyson Durfey and Blair Burk, 8.6, $1,194 each; 8. Caddo Lewallen, 8.7, $746; 9. Justin Brinkerhoff, 8.8, $448; 10. Kass Kayser, 9.2, $149.
Barrel racing: 1. Brenda Mays, 17.33 seconds, $3,200; 2. Morgan Breaux, 17.41, $2,560; 3. Nellie Miller, 17.49, $2,080; 4. Carley Richardson, 17.57, $1,600; 5. Teri Bangart, 17.59, $1,280; 6. Rachel Stoller, 17.62, $960; 7. (tie) Jordan Moore and Linzie Lindsey, 17.72, $760 each; 9. Julie Burnett, 17.73, $640; 10. Amberleigh Moore, 17.75, $560; 11. Mary Shae Hays, 17.83, $480; 12. (tie) Kristel Ising and Kim Smith, 17.85, $360 each; 14. (tie) Callahan Crossley and Katie Pascoe, 17.88, $200 each.
Bull riding: 1. Garrett Tribble, 87 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Cray Hair, $3,948; 2. Tim Bingham, 86, $3,027; 3. Jordan Hansen, 85, $2,237; 4. Jeffrey Ramagos, 82.5, $1,448; 5. Sage Kimzey, 82, $921; 6. Ednei Caminhas, 81.5, $658; 7. Toby Collins, 80.5, $526; 8. Cody Hudson, 80, $395.
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