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Team CNB’s Munsell repeats bull fighting win at Texas Heritage National Bank PBR Challenge; Meier edges reigning world champ in bull riding

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The 2009 version of the Texas Heritage National Bank PBR Challenge presented by Priefert Ranch Equipment was a showcase of young world champions.

Bull rider Austin Meier of Kinta, Okla., and bullfighter Wacey Munsell of Ulysses, Kan., are just 22 years old, and Crosswired is a 4-year-old bucking bull.

Meier won the Championship Bull Riders and International Professional Rodeo Association world titles in 2004, riding most of the season as a 17-year-old. Munsell was 18 when he won the 2005 freestyle bullfights that were associated with the Professional Bull Riders World Finals. Since then, he’s added several more, including the Professional Bullfighters Daisy Protection Bullfight world title in 2007. Crosswired, owned by D&H Cattle Co./Wiggins, is in his second season in the American Bucking Bull Inc. Classic, which he won in 2008.

Over this past weekend, all three walked away from the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center with the PBR Challenge titles in their respective events.

There’s something in the East Texas water that Munsell likes. Representing Team CNB Bank, Munsell and Chad Dowdy of Bristow, Okla., stood above a crowd of elite athletes to win the PBF Daisy Protection Bullfight Tour event, earning $3,500 in the process. The tandem finished with 340 points over two nights of competition to outlast the reigning PBF world champs – Andy Burelle of Ardmore, Okla., and Dusty Tuckness of Meeteetse, Wyo., representing Team Texas Heritage National Bank – by just three points.

In the two-year history of the PBR Challenge in Sulphur Springs, Munsell has won the championship twice; last year, he was teamed with fellow Kansan Sam Gress.

Burelle and Tuckness seemed to be in top form in winning the opening round, securing 174 points and earning the $2,000 first-place round payout. But Team CNB Bank bounced back big on the second night, scoring an event-high 178 points and earning the crown.

Tuckness, 23, earned the prestigious TwoBulls Most Valuable Player honor, which was voted on by his fellow bullfighters.

Saturday night also proved to be fruitful for Meier, who opened the 2009 PBR season on fire. While he’s cooled off some, he’s No. 14 on the PBR’s premier tour, the Built Ford Tough Series, and is 15th in the qualifier standings, referring to those cowboys who are trying to earn enough dollars to be among the top 40 at season’s end and earn a spot in the World Finals.

Meier won the first round with an 89-point ride, then added an 88-point ride in the championship round to claim the overall title, edging Brazilians Robson Palermo and Guilherme Marchi by two points – Marchi is the reigning PBR world champion.

Meier added $4,246 and moved past $80,000 in 2009 earnings.

Palermo and Marchi were part of a stellar showing on Friday night, finishing with 87s in the opening round and just behind Caleb Sanderson of Kissimee, Fla., who had an 87.5. Palermo and Marchi then scored 88s in the short go-round to take the lead in the average. Those stood tall until Meier solidified his win on the final night of competition.

Crosswired is another in a long list of excellent young bucking bulls that is part of the D&H Cattle Co. string. Also owned by Clifton Wiggins, the bull won last year’s ABBI Classic championship. Crosswired is the son of the great bull Crossfire Hurricane, which helped D&H Cattle land PBR Stock Contractor of the Year titles from 2001 to 2006.

 

RESULTS

Texas Heritage National Bank PBR Challenge presented by Priefert Ranch Equipment

 

PBR Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Tour:

First round:

1. Austin Meier, Kinta, Okla., 89 points, $944; 2. Caleb Sanderson, Kissimee, Fla., 87.5, $708; 3. Robson Palermo, Acre, Brazil, and Guilherme Marchi, Lemi, Brazil, 87, $354.

Average:

1. Meier, 177 points on two rides, $3,303; 2. Palermo and Marchi, 175, $1,887; 4. Sanderson, 172, $944; 5. Valderon de Oliviera, Aparecida Goiania, Brazil, 168, $566; 6. Clay Lewis, Mount Pleasant, and Ryan McConnel, Atoka, Okla., 86.5; 8. Clayton Baethge, Johnson City,  Jason O’Hearn, Rothbury, Australia, and Dusty Higgins, Midland, 86, $63.

 

ABBI Classic:

Overall champion:

Crosswired, owned by D&H Cattle Co./Clifton Wiggins

 

Daisy Protection Bullfight Tour:

First round:

1. Team Texas Heritage National Bank, Andy Burelle, Ardmore, Okla./Dusty Tuckness, Meeteetse, Wyo., 174 points, $2,000; 2. Team CNB Bank, Wacey Munsell, Ulysses, Kan./Chad Dowdy, Bristow, Okla., 162, $1,500; 3. Team Timber Ridge Belgians, Dave Jantzi, Sugarcreek, Ohio/Toby Inman, Davis Junction, Ill., 143, $1,000; 4. Team Alliance Bank, Joe Garretson, Springfield, Mo./Lance McIlvain, Arlington, 134, $500.

Second round:

1. Team CNB Bank, Munsell/Dowdy, 178 points, $2,000; 2. Team Texas Heritage National Bank, Burelle/Tuckness, 163, $1,500; 3. Team Timber Ridge Belgians, Jantzi/Inman, 148, $1,000; 4. Team Alliance Bank, Garretson/McIlvain, 146, $500.

Overall results:

1. Team CNB Bank, Munsell/Dowdy, 340 points; 2. Team Texas Heritage National Bank, Burelle/Tuckness, 337; 3. Team Timber Ridge Belgians, Jantzi/Inman, 291; 4. Team Alliance Bank, Garretson/McIlvain, 280.

TwoBulls Most Valuable Player:

Tuckness.

 

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