Nebraska Cowboy Crowned World Champion
Las Vegas, Nev. – Nebraskan Dean Gorsuch is the newly crowned Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion Steer Wrestler.
The Gering, Neb., cowboy is a two-time world champion, having won the PRCA’s steer wrestling world title in 2006. He said this year’s gold buckle was more special to him, because he accomplished it while riding a horse he owned.
This year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) was also different for him because he didn’t come into it leading the steer wrestling standings. “In 2006, I came in winning it,” he said. “This year, I had to dang sure go at them every night and win as much as I could.” Gorsuch entered the WNFR in 3rd place, more than $17,700 back from Curtis Cassidy, who was the number one steer wrestler at the time. In 10 rounds at the WNFR, Gorsuch pocketed $93,774 and leapfrogged into 1st place.
Three other Nebraskans also competed at last week’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Cort Scheer, a saddle bronc rider from Elsmere, Neb., made the most of his first-time visit to the NFR, placing in eight of the ten rounds and winning $69,483.87. He finishes the year in 4th place overall.
Steven Dent made his third return trip to Las Vegas and fared well in the first half of the competition. The bareback rider from Mullen, Neb., placed in the first four rounds, winning $33,046.87. After aggravating an arm injury, he did not win money in the last six nights of competition. Dent finishes the year ranked 4th overall with $173,735.77 won.
Bull rider Dustin Elliott from North Platte, Neb., returned to Las Vegas as the only man who qualified for the NFR and the PBR Finals in the same year since 2004, when he won the PRCA’s Bull Riding championship. But this year did not go as well. Elliott rode four of his six bulls, earning $6,496.39 and finishing the year in 14th place.
The WNFR is pro rodeo’s world championship and consists of 10 nights of rodeo, held in early December in Las Vegas. This year, $5.875 million dollars was paid out to winners and world champions were crowned after the final performance. The rodeo ran Dec. 2-11, 2010, at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
For more information on pro rodeo and the NFR, visit http://www.prorodeo.com.