Posted: Dec 9, 2012 11:07 PM
Updated: Dec 9, 2012 11:11 PM
LAS VEGAS (AP) Luke Branquinho moved into second in the world standings for steer wrestling when he finished first in round four of the National Finals Rodeo on Sunday.
Branquinho, the defending world champion, posted a time of 3.3 seconds to move up three spots in the standings with $113,614.
"I've been 3.2 here and won second in the go-round, so that's still a good amount of money to be 3.2 with," said Branquinho, of Los Alamos, Calif. "But anytime you're 3, it's a good feeling in this building."
Two-time world champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., who has earned $116,067, remained in the top spot. Ethen Touvenell of Napa, Calif., tied for sixth in 4.2 and dropped to third with $111,063.
In bareback riding, Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, increased his world standings lead over three-time world champion Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, by winning round four with an 87 on Kattle Katie.
Defending world champion Feild has earned $191,650 in 2012 while Lowe, who didn't place among the top six in round four, remains in second with $161,670. Field, who set a bareback riding record with six wins in 2011, has now won twice at the 2012 NFR.
"Winning the world title last year, it seems like there's a lot more people expecting me to win and make better rides," Feild said. "When I lose, I feel like I let people down. When I go to the Middle East on my morale tour, I know those guys are watching me on the Internet and keeping up with me, and I feel like I let them down if I lose."
Feild also leads the NFR aggregate standings with 341 points over four rounds. Lowe is second with 335 points.
In saddle bronc riding, Jesse Wright of Milford, Utah, who tied for first with twin brother Jake in round three, took first Sunday with a 90 on Wild Bill. Jesse and Jake's older brother, Cody, placed second with an 86.5 on Billings.
Jesse Wright is first in the world standings with $180,360 while Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, remained in second with $147,115. Sundell finished fourth with an 84 on Hickok.
"It just took me falling in the dirt (in round two) for me to remember why I'm here and what I'm doing," Jesse Wright said. "Now I'm just back to having some fun and riding broncs with my buddies. Each night we all come out here with a clean slate and we all go for the top spot."
Cody Wright leads the NFR aggregate standings race with 331.5 points over four rounds while Jesse Wright tops the NFR earnings race with $47,263.
In tie-down roping, Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, reclaimed first place in the world standings after winning in a time of 7.8. He also stayed in first in the NFR aggregate standings with a time of 30.70 over four rounds.
Cooper has earned $176,543 in 2012. Justin Maass of Giddings, Texas, who placed fifth in 8.7 in round four, is second in the world standings with $163,141.
In team roping, header Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., and heeler Paul Eaves of Millsap, Texas, placed first in a time of 3.9. Header Erich Rogers of Round Rock, Ariz., and heeler Kory Koontz of Sudan, Texas, who won round three in 3.9, were second in 4.0.
Header Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, and heeler Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas, broke the barrier in round four and didn't place among the top six. But they remained in the world standings lead with $159,078 for Smith and $157,578 for Brazile.
In barrel racing, Sherry Cervi of Marana, Ariz., ended the perfect run by NFR rookie Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas, when she won round four in 13.67.
Walker, who knocked over a barrel on Sunday, remained in second in the world standings with $182,064. Standings leader Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, who didn't place among the top six, stayed in first with $186,568.
Defending world champion Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, who finished third in round four in 13.81, is third in the standings with $167,387.
Walker still leads all 2012 NFR competitors by earning $54,772 during the first four of 10 rounds.
In bull riding, Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, was able to maintain his world standings lead without a successful ride, as only two riders weren't bucked off their bulls.
Clayton Savage of Casper, Wyo., won round four with a 78.5 on El Capitan and Ardie Maier of Timber Lake, S.D., was second with a 76 on Body Works.
J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas, stays in second in the world standings at $185,315 while Teel edges him out with $185,782 in 2012.
In all-around, defending world champion Brazile, who has won nine of the last 10 world all-around titles, maintained his lead over Steven Dent of Mullen, Neb. Brazile has earned $273,302 in 2012 compared to $144,465 for Dent.