Rifle’s Rohrig in title hunt | PostIndependent.com

Rifle’s Rohrig in title hunt

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ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. — A national bull riding championship is right within reach for Dallas Rohrig.

The senior-to-be at Rifle High School managed a third-place finish in the short-go program on Friday, and that finish put him in second place in bull riding average headed into today’s final round at the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Rohrig managed a score of 76 with his ride on Friday, which placed him behind the first-place ride of Jess Lockwood of Volborg, Mont. (78) and Wyatt Rogers of Rose, Okla. And it turns out those two points are the difference in the overall point totals.

Lockwood sits in first with 156 points on two rides, with Rohrig sitting in second at 154. In a distant third place is Bryce Burnell of Arvada, Wyo., who has 143 points. In all, five riders went the distance on their first and second rides.

The finals performance begins at 7 tonight at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs. Bull riding, which is scheduled to be one of the last performances of the rodeo, should begin around 9 p.m. The rodeo will be broadcast on the Web at http://www.ihigh.com/nhsra/.

Rohrig and Lockwood tied for second place with a 78 on their first-round rides, one point behind the 79 posted by Riley Blankenship of Killdeer, N.D. Blankenship, however, didn’t go the distance on his second ride, opening the door for Lockwood and Rohrig to lead the field in average going into tonight’s final round.

This is Rohrig’s first trip of the National High School Finals Rodeo. He qualified for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo twice after winning a pair of state championships at that level. He’s also the second Rifle cowboy to go for a national bull riding title this summer. Colten Fritzlan of Rifle Middle School finished sixth in bull riding at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in June.

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