Rifle’s Fritzlan wins CHSAA state title
Over Memorial Day weekend, Rifle’s Colten Fritzlan added a 2016 Colorado State High School Rodeo Association bull riding title to his already impressive list of rodeo accomplishments.
Fritzlan won two bull riding state championships as a member of the Colorado State Junior High Rodeo Association in both his seventh- and eighth-grade years. As a Rifle High School freshman in 2014-15, Fritzlan watched the rodeo season pass him by while he recovered from elbow reconstruction.
The off year allowed him to recover completely from the surgery, leading to a strong sophomore season. He started out the fall season winning one of the Cortez rodeos. In the spring of 2016 he won rodeos in Lamar, Montrose and Golden as well as capturing the wins for the four rodeos held in Henderson and Rifle.
Fritzlan was solidified in the lead for a state championship entering the State Finals in Lamar, May 27-30 with 79.5 points.
Tough luck plagued Fritzlan throughout the Finals where he failed to capitalize on the stock presented in the two long rounds and the short go.
However, his strong regular season performances were enough to carry his regular season points to a victorious conclusion and capture the state title.
The incoming Rifle High School junior will travel to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming, July 17-23 where he will compete with the most talented teenaged bull riders from across the United States, Canada and Australia and against the top bucking stock in the Rocky Mountain area.
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