From left: MPCC Rodeo rough stock coach Dustin Elliott, national qualifier Rowdy Moon and Rodeo Team timed event coach Garrett Nokes.
Rowdy Moon is going to nationals.The Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo rider won the bareback competition during the Hastings College Rodeo in Hastings over the weekend, April 29-30.
The Sargent native went into the rodeo second in the region and ended up winning both rounds and the average. It was more than enough to secure him a spot at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. in June.
“He clinched it,” said Dustin Elliott, MPCC Rodeo Team rough stock coach. “He cannot, mathematically, get knocked out at this point.”
Moon wasn’t the only one to win his event at Hastings.
Riley Weehler of Maloy, Iowa was first in the tie down roping, after consistently placing fifth and sixth in the event all year.
His teammates, Reece Weber of Valentine and Wyatt Killion of Ainsworth, came in third in the team roping.
In steer wrestling, Cyler Dowling of Newell, S.D., was second and Kris Rasmussen of Riverdale was third.
Garrett Heinert of Papillion placed third in the bull riding and Garrett Wickett of Norfolk ended up fifth.
MPCC finished first in the men’s team standings for the second time this season. The college has led the category in the Great Plains Region since winning its hometown rodeo in September.
“We just dominated,” Elliott said. “There were a lot of kids who contributed to the weekend as a whole. Basically, anyone who wasn’t on our six-person points team was playing defense. It’s never just about those six. It’s an entire team effort.”
The final rodeo of the season will be Friday and Saturday in Dickinson, N.D.