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Rodeo team set for state

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 5th, 2013

Photo/Amy Menerey, News Letter Journal Teigen Finnerty takes down a steer during the Newcastle rodeo earlier this year. Finnerty finished second in steer wrestling in the Buffalo High School Rodeo and in seventh and third during the two-day Sheridan High School rodeo. The team heads to Douglas for state this week.

WHEATLAND – The Wheatland High School rodeo team capped off their regular spring season strong after competing in Buffalo and Sheridan last weekend.

At the Buffalo High School Rodeo last Saturday, Teigen Finnerty placed second in steer wrestling at 8.37, shaving about a second off of his time from the Casper High School Rodeo two weeks ago. Teague Crane was second in pole bending with a time of 20.776 .

In team roping, Dalton Beasley and Dusty Nipper placed third at 9.21 while a second Wheatland team of Cahill Ellenwood and Teague Crane were eighth with a time of 16.48.

At the Sheridan rodeo, Finnerty placed seventh during steer wrestling with a time of 10.18. Finnerty also placed fifth in calf roping at 13.27. Beasley and Nipper improved their time as team ropers to 14.66, still placing eighth.

Chloe Ashenhurst continued her success in pole bending, winning the event at 20.354.

Hunter Eller rode again, winning the bull-riding event during the second day of the Sheridan rodeo, scoring 77 points. Jhett Hadley placed third in calf roping with a time of 12.87. Finnerty improved during Sheridan’s second day, coming in third in steer wrestling at 8.53. Ashenhursts’s second-day performance in pole bending landed her a second-place finish at 22.050; she won the average for the two-day rodeo in her event.

The Wyoming High School State Finals Rodeo takes place in Douglas, starting Wednesday and running through Sunday.

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