CHADRON – For the second weekend in a row, a Chadron State College cowboy was the steer wrestling winner at the Central Rocky Mountain Region rodeo.
Sophomore Devin Dibbern of Riverdale, Nebraska, won the event at the Central Wyoming College rodeo in Riverton, Wyoming, that concluded Sunday. He completed his runs in 4.3 and 4.1 seconds. He was second in the first go-round and tied for first and second in the finals Sunday to take top honors.
Chadron State entries made up half of the 10 steer wrestling finalists at Riverton.
Among them was Kalane Anders of Bayard, Nebraska. He was the steer wrestling winner at the Lamar College rodeo the previous weekend and had the fastest time of 4.0 seconds in the opening go-round at Riverton. When he missed connections in the finals, Dibbern claimed top honors.
Another CSC entry, Prestyn Novak of Newell, South Dakota, finished third in the event with times of 4.8 and 4.6 seconds.
In addition, Tori Huffman of Burwell, Nebraska, was third in the opening go-round in 4.4 seconds and Cole Retchless of Bridgeport, Nebraska, tied for sixth in 4.9 seconds. But, like Anders, both came up empty in the finals.
Since only five finalists had times on Sunday, Anders finished sixth overall.
Five other Chadron State contestants placed among the top sixth in their events at Riverton.
Two Custer County natives earned third places. They are Jayde Atkins of Broken Bow, Nebraska, in barrel racing in 17.78 and 17.65 seconds and Rowdy Moon of Sargent, Nebraska, in bareback riding with 69 and 70 points. Both were second in those events at Lamar, Wyoming.
Two more CSC contestants placed fourth last weekend. They are Merisa Cominiello of Burlington, Colorado, in breakaway roping in 3.4 and 2.6 seconds and Chasen Cole of Hermosa, South Dakota, in bull riding with 69 points. Charmayne Strong of Rushville, Nebraska, was sixth among the breakaway ropers in 3.3 and 4.0 seconds.
Brandi Cwach of Geddes, South Dakota, also made the breakaway finals with a 2.9-second mark and Novak was on a team roping duo that competed Sunday.
One more rodeo was on the region’s fall schedule, but because of an equine viral outbreak in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Laramie County Community College rodeo has been postponed until March.
Through four rodeos this fall, the Chadron State men are fourth and the women are sixth in the team standings.
Individually, Anders and Cole are second in steer wrestling and bull riding, respectively. Also, Moon is third in bareback riding, Dibbern is fourth in steer wrestling, Atkins is fifth in barrel racing, Rylee Rutten is sixth in breakaway roping and Hank Jackson is sixth in bull riding.