Defending World Champ Teel Claims Bull Riding Win

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Defending World Champ Teel Claims Bull Riding Win


LAS VEGAS – A bull named Slim Chance gave Cody Teel just enough of a chance to win the seventh round of bull riding at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) on Wednesday night. Teel gritted it out to score 85 points and claim the first-place check of $18,630.

It was the first go-round win of the week for the defending world champion from Kountze, Texas.

“That was a good, solid bull,” Teel said of Slim Chance, owned by Bar T Rodeo. “I’ve seen him quite a bit, and he did just what I thought he would do. That was a bunch of solid bulls tonight that don’t get ridden too often.”

Only five of 15 riders posted scores in the seventh round.

Teel, who took third on Tuesday night, has collected $48,678 this week and now stands second in the world with season winnings of $141,742. J.W. Harris fell just short of a qualifying ride Wednesday, but he remains No. 1 in the world standings with $197,390, and he’s first in the average, having ridden five of eight bulls.

Teel and Shane Proctor are the only others to have ridden five bulls so far, and they are second and third in the average, respectively.

“I’m 5-for-7,” Teel said. “There’s still three nights to go, and my main goal is just to stay on ‘em.”

Teel at California Rodeo Salinas, July 2013 (Matt Cohen photo)

Contestants in the bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bull riding along with the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association's sanctioned barrel race are all competing for a total purse of $6.25 million at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. On Sunday night, 17,418 enthusiastic rodeo fans poured into the Thomas and Mack Center anxious to watch rodeo’s Super Bowl.

Thursday’s rodeo will be the eighth of 10 rounds of competition and begins at 6:45p.m. PT.

Official round 7 scores provided by PRCA:

Bull riding: 1. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 85 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Slim Chance, $18,630; 2. Cooper Davis, Jasper, Texas, 84, $14,724; 3. Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 80.5, $11,118; 4. Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo., 79.5, $7,813; 5. Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo., 74.5, $4,808; 6. (tie) J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas; Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.; Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.; Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas; Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas; Cody Campbell, Summerville, Ore.; Cole Echols, Elm Grove, La.; Elliot Jacoby, Fredricksburg, Texas; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.; and Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, NS.