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Steer wrestler Duvall snares All American crown
WACO, Texas – The 2017 PRCA season didn’t go as planned for steer wrestler Riley Duvall.
A year after making his debut at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER and finishing eighth in the world standings, the Checotah, Okla., cowboy stumbled in 2017.
When the 2017 season came to an end Sept. 30, Duvall was 31st in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $50,041.
“It was a weird year in 2017,” said Duvall, 25. “I didn’t do as good as I should have and I broke a lot of barriers.”
Duvall isn’t fretting about his lost opportunity – instead he was celebrating a big win at the All American ProRodeo Finals on Saturday night at the Extraco Events Center.
Duvall stopped the clock in 4.6 seconds in the four-man finals to claim his second career All American ProRodeo Finals title.
“After not having a very good year (in 2017), I wanted to start off October good,” said Duvall, who won his other All American ProRodeo Finals crown in 2011. “This is the best winter I’ve already had and it is only October.”
In the finals, Duvall couldn’t ask for better horsepower.
He was aboard Scooter, the 2017 American Quarter Horse Association/PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, co-owned by Tyler Pearson and Kyle Irwin.
“I rode Scooter a bunch in September and he’s just a great horse,” Duvall said.
Being the third cowboy out in the final four, Duvall was trying to keep his nerves calm, especially after seeing Irwin (10.0 seconds) and Rowdy Parrott (6.1 seconds) leave the victory door wide open for him.
“I thought I had one of the better steers in there and I just wanted to get out and throw him down and for sure win second and see what happens,” Duvall said. “I got a much better start than I wanted to, and things just fell my way.”
Duvall clinched his title when Curtis Cassidy, the final cowboy in the finals, clocked a 5.8-second run.
“This is a great start for me for next year,” Duvall said. “My goal is to be in the Top 10 all year and this will help. I’m going to work at it a lot harder and fortunately I’m off to a good start.”
All money won at the 12 circuit finals rodeos, All American ProRodeo Finals and the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo count toward the 2018 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.
Other winners at the $482,854 rodeo were bareback rider Shane O’Connell (87 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Scarlett Belle), team ropers Clay Smith/Paul Eaves (5.4 seconds), saddle bronc rider Brody Cress (86.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Delta Dawn), tie-down roper Marcos Costa (7.7 seconds), barrel racer Kellie Collier (15.78 seconds) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (88.5 points on Andrews Rodeo Company’s No Name).
O’Connell and bareback rider Bill Tutor had identical 87-point rides in the finals, but O’Connell was awarded the crown because he had an 85-point ride in the semifinals, while Tutor came in at 77.5 points.
Likewise, Costa and Ryan Jarrett tied with 7.7-second times in the finals, but Costa had a quicker run in the semis at 7.1 seconds, just ahead of Jarrett’s 7.2-second effort, thus Costa was declared the champion.