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Cody Ohl Takes Lead in Tie-Down Roping

December 12, 2003

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Cody Ohl took the lead in the tie-down roping world standings, winning the seventh round of the National Finals Rodeo in 7.0 seconds Thursday night.

The Stephenville, Texas, cowboy, also the sixth-round winner, has earned $168,204 this season to take the lead from six-time champ Fred Whitfield of Hockley, Texas. Whitfield, who has made $165,280, finished last Thursday night with a 21.0-second run,

``I knew I was $12,000 behind coming in tonight,″ said Ohl, who earned $14,335 in the round, ``It was time to put some pressure on, and everything worked out.″

The three-time champion missed most of the 2002 season because of multiple injuries from the 2001 NFR.

``I didn’t know what to expect coming back,″ Ohl said, ``and I had the (season earnings) lead most of the year and let it slip away at the end. I knew my chances were good coming in, and I feel like they are really good now.″

Jerome Schneeberger of Ponce City, Okla., was second in 7.3, and Justin Maass of Giddings, Texas, and Ricky Canton of Cleveland, Texas, tied for third in 7.4.

In bull riding, Jason McClain of Lewis, Colo., was first with 89 points. Terry Don West of Henryetta, Okla., placed second with 87.5 and B.J. Schumacher of Hillsboro, Wis., at 86 points.

Three saddle bronc riders _ Billy Etbauer of Edmond, Okla.; overall NFR earnings leader Cody Wright of Milford, Utah; and event money leader Glen O’Neill of Canada _ tied for first with 85.5s.

``I’m pretty surprised,″ said Wright, who has earned $63,430 in his first NFR. ``I was hoping to win a lot of money, but I didn’t think I’d win as much as I have.″

In bareback riding, Cody Jessee of Pineville, Ore., won with an 88. Pete Hawkins of Weatherford, Texas, was second with 85 points and Cody DeMers of Boulder, Mont., finished third with 84.

There also was a three-way tie in team roping, with Daniel Green of Oakdale, Calif., and Kory Koontz of Sudan, Texas; Shain Sproul of Arlee, Mont., and Boogie Ray of Mabank, Texas; and Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, and Wayne Folmer of El Paso, Texas, finishing in 4.1 seconds.

In steer wrestling, world leader Teddy Johnson of Checotah, Okla., won for the second consecutive round, finishing in 3.6 seconds. Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., was second in 3.9 and Rope Myers of Van, Texas, followed in 4.0 seconds.

In barrel racing, Jackie Dube of Giddings, Texas, won the round with a 13.97-second run, McKenzie Brower of St. Anthony, Idaho, was second in 14.02 and Janae Ward of Addington, Okla., third in 14.05.

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