Jones wrestles his way into the money; Brazile closes in on history

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Decatur steer wrestler K.C. Jones bulldogged his way to a third-place finish in the fourth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

His takedown time of 3.6 seconds was just a half-second behind the night’s leader.


BULLDOGGERY – Decatur’s K.C. Jones received a third-place finish in steer wrestling in the fourth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Monday night in Las Vegas. WNFR continues through Saturday and is aired at 9 nightly on Great American Country. Photo courtesy Kirt Steinke, Western Rodeo Images

Meanwhile, Trevor Brazile is well on his way to claiming his 11th all-around world title and his 19th world championship.

With $293,949, he’s the slimmest of margins from capturing the title. Tuf Cooper, who entered WNFR second in all-around, was eliminated from any chance of catching up Monday night. Jade Corkhill, who trails Brazile by more than $140,000, has almost no chance to close the gap.

He’s third in the world rankings in tie-down roping and in the average. He had a fifth-place finish in round two with 8.8 seconds and a third-place finish in round four with 7 seconds. He tied for second in round five Monday night with another Decatur cowboy, Clif Cooper, at 7.4. Clif turned in a third-place finish Saturday night with a blazing 7.3. He’s moved up to ninth in the world rankings.

Meanwhile, Clif’s younger brother Tuf has slipped into second place in the tie-down world rankings after challenger Cody Ohl turned in a amazing series of runs, including three first-place finishes in rounds three, four and five. Tuf won money in rounds two and three where he finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Brazile continues to pull in more money in team roping where he and partner Patrick Smith have posted sixth- and fourth-place finishes in the money over the first five rounds.

After not landing in the money through the first three rounds, barrel racer Shada Brazile captured a pair of sixth-place finishes with quick times of 13.88 and 13.93. Halfway through the 10-day world championship, she finds herself ranked fourth in the average.

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