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Tucker Allen bulldogs 2017 Steer Wrestling World Championship at H.S. National Finals


ILLETTE, Wyom.—Tucker Allen found the best way possible to cele- brate the week he turned 18 years old. The Nordhoff High grad from Oakview


who is headed to Northwestern Oklahoma State University this fall topped 200 of the best high school steer wrestlers and went home from the High School National Finals Rodeo as a 2017 World Champion. “I tried to do the same as I practice,” said Allen, who has been steer wrestling about two and a half years. “I tried to be calm and go out there and do what I know how to do.” He credits fi ve-time World Champion


steer wrestler Luke Branquinho for his knowledge. Three times a week, Allen and friend and fellow elite high school bull- dogger Tate Stickler visit Branquinho’s Los Alamos ranch to hone their skills. “Luke taught me everything,” said Allen. “When I fi rst would go to his place, my main goal was just to catch a steer. I’d run all day and probably get one or two.” The teen-ager’s biggest takeaway from his


mentor has been technique. “I’m a small guy, and Luke told me every-


thing comes from technique. The main thing for me, when I go down for the head catch, I like to get over the head so when my feet


hit the ground, I’m square—right over their head so I can get a good fall out of them,” he said.


In addition to Branquinho, Allen is quick


to thank his stepfather, NRCHA Hall of Fame Horseman and seven-time Snaffl e Bit Futurity Champion Ted Robinson, as well as Jimmy Stickler, plus his sponsors, Kimes Ranch, Resistol and Dustin Noblit . He also appreciates the support of his mother, Marjie Allen, who has a history of high-level showing success in NRCHA, too. Allen says he would like to make National Finals Rodeo someday, but he’s excited now about heading to Alva, Okla., for college. He’ll pursue a degree in agricultural busi- ness and compete on the Bulldog rodeo team under head coach Stockton Graves, a former NWOSU rodeo star and current tour profes- sional. “I’d like to make NFR, but I’m just going to do college rodeo and pro rodeo for a while and see where it goes,” he said. Other Californians who fi nished in the top


fi ve of their respective events were Kelsey Cadwell of Oakdale, who was fi ſt h in barrel racing; Riley Bishop of Hollister, third in boys cut ing; Payton Scalzo of Murrieta, who was fourth in girls cut ing; Reed Neely of


“I tried to be calm and go out there and do what I know how to do.”


–Tucker Allen


Sanger, third in saddle bronc; Layton Oswald and Wyat Hansen of Oakdale, fi ſt h in team roping; Addie Couot s of Temecula, fi ſt h in reined cow horse. California fi nished third in the overall


team standings with 7,326.42 points, trailing Texas (12,687.5) and Oklahoma (7,410.83). The California girls (3,986.42) fi nished second overall to Texas (4,687.5), while the California boys (3.986.42) were third behind Texas (8,000) and Oklahoma (4,943.33). More online: http://bit.ly/708A_NT


After a championship bulldogging performance (left ), Tucker Allen gave a light-hearted gesture to his mom, Marjie Robinson, to quiet down her celebration in the stands.


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