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DODGE CITY, Kan. – Less than two months ago, Bridger Anderson was competing at the College National Finals Rodeo for the first time in his young college career.

He is a sophomore-to-be at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, and he’s traveling the ProRodeo trail with his coach, Stockton Graves, a seven-time steer wrestling qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Anderson is taking to his education quite well. On Sunday night, he did so with an explanation point, downing his steer in 3.8 seconds to win the championship round and the overall championship at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

Bridger Anderson

Bridger Anderson

“This is my first ProRodeo win ever,” said Anderson, a smiling teenager from Carrington, N.D. “I was pretty nervous earlier in the day, but I wasn’t too bad when I got in the box.”

It showed. Anderson also placed in the first round and finished his week of work in southwest Kansas with $6,607 earned.

“It’s very important to win Dodge City at 19 years old,” said Graves, who won the Roundup buckle multiple times over his career. “I think I was 30-something when I first won it. That’ll help with his circuit standings, so that’s really good.”

Because he’s attending college in Oklahoma, Anderson is competing in the Prairie Circuit, which is made up of rodeos and contestants primarily in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. The money he earned in Dodge City will move him into the top 10 in the region – only the top 12 on the money list at the conclusion of the regular season advance to the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in October.

So why did a cowboy from North Dakota choose to attend college in Alva?

“It’s the Bulldogging Capital of College Rodeo, so it’s really the only place to go for steer wrestlers,” he said. “Stockton has taught me a lot of little things. We focus less on steer wrestling and more on winning, and I think that’s a good way to go.”

It doesn’t hurt to travel with a cowboy like that either.

“He knows everything about this game,” Anderson said. “It’s really cool to be able to learn from him and pick up all the tips.”

It was also an important night to seal his first big victory. His coach, meanwhile, finished fourth overall

“I was awfully proud of Bridger,” Graves said. “He’s been struggling a bit, so he’s been needing that. He did a great job scoring and made a great run.

“He did what he’s supposed to do.”

Spoken like a true coach.

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 1-5
All-around cowboy:
Paul David Tierney, $9,236 in tie-down roping and team roping.
Bareback riding:
1. Tim O’Connell, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Time’s Up, $2,958; 2. (tie) Seth Harwick and Wyatt Denny, 84, $1,972 each; 4. (tie) Clayton Biglow and Steven Dent, 83, $887 each; 6. Jesse Pope, 82, $493; 7. Zach Hibler, 78.5, $394; 8. (tie) Will Martin and Bill Tutor, 78, $148 each. Final round: 1. Seth Hardwick, 90 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Gunfire, $1,650; 2. (tie) Steven Dent and Tim O’Connell, 86.5, $1,075 each; 4. (tie) Bill Tutor and Clayton Biglow, 85, $475 each; 6. (tie) Will Martin and Wyatt Denny, 83, $125 each. Average: 1. Seth Hardwick, 174 points on two rides, $2,958; 2. Tim O’Connell, 173.5, $2,268; 3. Steven Dent, 169.5, $1,676; 4. Clayton Biglow, 168, $1,085; 5. Wyatt Denny, 167, $690; 6. Bill Tutor, 163, $493; 7. Will Martin, 161, $394; 8. Paden Hurst, 156.5, $296.
Steer wrestling: First round: 1. (tie) Tanner Bruner and Cody Pratt, 3.8 seconds, $2,560 each; 3. (tie) Tom Littell and Cameron Morman, 3.9, $1,846 each; 5. Bridger Anderson, 4.2, $1,310; 6. Tyler Waguespack, 4.3, $953; 7. Tom Lewis, 4.4, $595; 8. (tie) Cimarron Thompson and Riley Duvall, 4.5, $119 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Blake Mindemann, 3.7 seconds, $2,560 each; 3. (tie) Chancey Larson and Will Lummus, 3.8, $1,846 each; 5. K.C. Jones, 3.9, $1,310; 6. Aaron Vosler, 4.0, $953; 7. Chase Crane, 4.1, 595; 8. Nick Guy, 4.2, $238. Final round: 1. Bridger Andersen, 3.8 seconds, $1,189; 2. Will Lummus, 4.1, $984; 3. Cody Pratt, 4.3, $779; 4. Riley Duvall, 4.6, $574; 5. (tie) Blake Knowles, Tom Littell and Stockton Graves, 4.8, $191 each. Average: 1. Bridger Anderson, 12.3 seconds on three runs, $4,108; 2. (tie) Riley Duvall and Tyler Waguespack, 13.6, $3,304 each; 4. Stockton Graves, 13.9, $2,501; 5. Will Lummus, 14.0, $1,965; 6. Cody Pratt, 14.2, $1,429; 7. Tom Littell, 14.3, $893; 8. Blake Knowles, 14.9, $357.
Team roping: First round: 1. Jr. Dees/Cody Cowden, 4.7 seconds, $2,692; 2. Paul David Tierney/Danner Braden, 5.0, $2,341; 3. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 5.2, $1,990; 4. Tyler Wade/Tyler McKnight, 5.4, $1,639; 5. Tanner Baldwdin/Seth Hall, 5.5, $1,288; 6. Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 5.6, $936; 7. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.2, $585; 8. (tie) Matt Sherwood/Buddy Hawkins II and Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 6.4, $117 each. Second round: 1. Tyler Wade/Tyler McKnight, 4.8; 2. Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, 5.0; 3. Casey Hicks/Justin Fox, 5.1; 4. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 5.2; 5. JoJo LeMond/J.D. Yates, 5.4; 6. Jr. Dees/Cody Cowden, 5.5; 7. Jake Barnes/Rich Skelton, 5.9; 8. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 6.1, $234. Final round: 1. Paul David Tierney/Tanner Braden, 5.2 seconds, $986; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 5.6, $816; 3. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 6.2, $646; 4. Lane Ivy/Blaine Vick, 6.4, $476; 5. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 6.5, $306; 6. Jr. Dees/Cody Cowden, 6.6, $170. Average: 1. Jr. Dees/Cody Cowden, 16.8 seconds on three runs, $4,038; 3. Paul David Tierney/Tanner Braden, $3,552; 3. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 18.2, $2,984; 4. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 19.1, $2,458; 5. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 19.3, $1,931; 6. Cory Kidd V/Caleb Anderson, 21.4, $1,405; 7. Lane Ivy/Blaine Vick, 31.9, $878; 8. Tyler Wade/Tyler McKnight, 10.2 seconds on two runs, $351.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jake Wright, 87.56 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Bordertown, $2,789; 2. Taos Muncy, 85.5, $2,138; 3. Joe Lufkin, 85, $1,580; 4. (tie) Spencer Wright and Bradley Harter, 83.5, $837 each; 6. (tie) Rusty Wright and Mitch Pollock, 82.5, $418 each; 8. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw and Shade Etbauer, 82, $139 each. Final round: 1. Bradley Harter, 88.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Yellowstone, $1,650; 2. Spencer Wright, 87, $1,250; 3. Taos Muncy, 86, $900; 4. (tie) CoBurn Bradshaw, Mitch Pollock and Jake Wright, 84, $400 each. Average: 1. Bradley Harter, 172 points on two rides; $2,789; 2. (tie) Taos Muncy and Jake Wright, 171.5, $1,859 each; 4. Spencer Wright, 1271, $1,023; 5. Joe Lufkin, 168, $651; 6. Mitch Pollock, 167, $465; 7. CoBurn Bradshaw, 166, $372; 8. Ross Griffin, 163, $279.
Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Chance Oftedahl, 8.5 seconds, $2,757; 2. Paul David Tierney, 8.8, $2,398; 3. Cody Huber, 8.9, $2,038; 4. (tie) Weldon Watson and Cooper Martin, 9.1, $1,498 each; 6. Marty Yates, 9.3, $959; 7. (tie) Tuf Cooper and Blake Ash, 9.4, $420 each; 8. (tie) Ty Baker and Charlie Gibson, 9.6. Second round: 1. Caddo Lewallen, 8.1 seconds, $2,757; 2. Cory Solomon, 8.3, $2,398; 3. Caleb Smidt, 8.6, $2,038; 4. Hudson Wallace, 8.8, $1,678; 5. (tie) Scott Kormos and Tanner Green, 8.9, $1,139 each; 7. Cheyenne Harper, 9.4, $599; 8. Dennis Luetge, 9.6, $240. Final round: 1. (tie) Blake Ash and Caleb Smidt, 9.4 seconds, $1,100 each; 3. Ty Baker, 9.6, $789; 4. Clint Cooper, 9.7, $581; 5. Cheyenne Harper, 9.9, $374; 6. Bryson Sechrist, 10.0, $208. Average: 1. Caleb Smidt, 28.1 seconds on three runs, $4,136; 2. Ty Baker, 29.2, $3,596; 3. Blake Ash, 29.8, $3,067; 4. Tanner  Green, 29.9, $2,517; 5. Bryson Sechrist, 32.0, $1,978; 6. Clint Cooper, 32.1, $1,439; 7. Cheyenne Harper, 33.0, $899; 8. Randall Carlisle, 35, $360.
Barrel racing: First round: 1. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.15 seconds, $2,363; 2. Shali Lord, 17.16, $2,025; 3. Jimmie Smith, 17.18, $1,688; 4. Lori Todd, 17.20, $1,463; 5. Leia Pluemer, 17.22, $1,125; 6. Cierra Chapman, 17.41, $900; 7. (tie) Ali Armstrong and Monica McClung, 17.43, $563 each; 9. Jana Bean, 17.47, $338; 10. Kynzie McNeill, 17.50, $225. Second round: 1. Michelle Darling, 17.05, $2,363; 2. Emily Miller, 17.11, $2,025; 3. Jessic Routier, 17.21, $1,688; 4. Kylie Weast, 17.26, $1,463; 5. (tie) Carley Richardson and Ari-Anna Flynn, 17.31, $1,013 each; 7. Shali Lord, 17.32, $675; 8. (tie) Jana Bean and Sissy Winn, 17.34, $394 each; 10. Skyla Whitters, 17.38, $225. Final round: 1. Shali Lord, 17.28 seconds, $1,750; 2. Kylie Weast, 17.35, $1,313; 3. Jana Bean, 17.37, $875; 4. Emily Miller, 17.42, $438. Average: 1. Shali Lord, 51.76, $3,544; 2. Jana Bean, 52.18, $3,038; 3. Kylie Weast, 52.23, $2,532; 4. Monica McClung, 52.32, $2,194; 5. Leia Pluemer, 52.36, $1,688; 6. Jimmie Smith, 52.48, $1,350; 7. Emily Miller 52.50, $1,013; 8. Cierra Chapman, 52.67, $675; 9. Kynzie McNeill, 52.69, $506; 10. Michelle Darling, 52.76, $338.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 10.5 seconds, $1,863; 2. Scott Snedecor, 10.7, $1,542; 3. Landon McClaugherty, 11.0, $1,220; 4. Brady Garten, 11.5, $899; 5. Rod Hartness, 11.8, $578; 6. Roger Branch, 12.2, $321. Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 9.4 seconds, $1,863; 2. (tie) Ralph Williamsand Jarrett Blessing, 9.8, $1,381 each; 4. Chris Glover, 11.0, $899; 5. Cody Lee, 10.3, $578; 6. Brent Lewis, 10.5, $321. Third round: 1. Tuf Cooper, 9.3 seconds, $1,863; 2. Blake Deckard, 9.6, $1,541; 3. Brady Garten, 9.9, $1,220; 4. (tie) Tony Reina and Ty Herd, 10.2, $739 each; 6. Marty Jones, 10.3, $321. Average: 1. Roger Branch, 35.1 seconds on three runs, $2,794; 2. Brady Garten, 35.3, $2,312; 3. Trevor Brazile, 37.2, $1,831; 4. Marty Jones, 37.8, $1,349; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 38.9, $867; 6. Ryan Willberg, 39.4, $482.
Bull riding: 1. J.W. Harris, 88 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Kooty Crazy, $2,987; 2. Aaron Williams, 86, $2,290; 3. Laramie Mosley, 85; 4. (tie) Ruger Piva, Jesse Petri and Tristan Mize, 84, $763 each; 7. Tim Bingham, 83.5, $398; 8. (tie) Callum Miller and Clayton Sellers, 81.5, $149 each. Final round: 1. Jessi Petri, 90 points on Frontier Rodeo’s After All, $2,050; 2. Tyler Bingham, 88, $1,650; 3. Tim Bingham, 80, $1,300; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Jessi Petri, 174 points on two rides, $2,987; 2. Tyler Bingham, 169, $2,290; 3. Tim Bingham, 164, $1,692; 4. J.W. Harris, 88 points on one ride, $1,095; 5. Aaron Williams, 867, $697; 6. Laramie Mosely, 85, $498; 7. Ruger Piva, 85, $398; 8. Tristan Mize, 84, $299.

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