Fritzlan leads national field
The final day of the National Junior High Finals Rodeo will be streamed live online at http://www.ihigh.com.
GALLUP, N.M. — Colten Fritzlan is in a good spot headed into today’s final day of the National Junior High Finals Rodeo. And he knows it.
“I just need to take the bull I get and go like I did [on Friday],” the 13-year-old Rifle cowboy said. “I’m a little confident, but not that much.”
Fritzlan has a reason for that confidence, as small as it is. He notched a score of 77 during Friday morning’s bull riding performance, vaulting him into the lead on average going into the rodeo’s final performance at 7 tonight. Bull riding will come toward the end of the program.
A score of 60 on Monday’s ride, coupled with Friday’s 77, gave Fritzlan a score of 137 headed into today. Jake Morrow of Eastland, Texas, is second with a two-day score of 129, with Trey Holston of Fort Scott, Kan., following with an average score of 114. Wyatt Covington of Omak, Wash., whose score of 83 was Friday’s best, is fourth with that same score.
Monday’s score of 60, which placed him 11th overall at the end of the day, didn’t sit well with Fritzlan, who said the bull he rode “kind of quit on me.” He was happy with Friday’s score, however, which placed him in a third-place tie with Nathan Labor of Kiowa, Okla, in the second-round standings. C.J. Simms of Walters, Okla., was second behind Covington with an 82.
Fritzlan, despite the finish, felt there’s some things he could have done better Friday.
“I came out of the gate kind of flimsy,” he said. “I countered with my outside foot and my free arm, which helped some. But I might have scored a little higher if I would have been a little flashier.”
Fritzlan, who qualified for the national rodeo last year with a fourth-place finish in the state rodeo, was unable to compete in last year’s National Junior High Finals Rodeo because of an arm injury.
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