Finishing behind his brother Colton last year as a freshman, Chase Wilson entered the high school rodeo season with something to prove.
“This year I was motivated with my brother beating me last year,” he said. “I wanted to show my brother and dad that I’ve got what it takes.”
That motivation led the Decatur sophomore to the North Texas High School Rodeo Association’s 2013-14 steer wrestling title. Wilson brought home the champion saddle and buckle after the finals rodeo last weekend.
He also finished third in average for steer wrestling in the finals and was fifth in chute dogging.
“This means the world to me,” Wilson said. “I had family and friends helping me. There were a bunch of people coming together to help me practice.”
Wilson piled up points, consistently finishing near the top of the steer wrestling standings at the weekly NTHSRA event from September to May. After finishing first at 11 weekly events this season, he went into the finals with a 294-point lead over North Hills’ Preston Young.
“I went into the finals with enough points that I was not going to be caught,” Wilson said.
Along with competing weekly at the NTHRA events, he sometimes added another rodeo. He also practiced twice per week with his father Ricky and some pros that took the time to work with him.
“I have to say thanks to all the people that helped me,” Wilson said.
The NTHSRA title added to a successful year for Wilson. He won the steer wrestling event at the Wise County Youth Fair rodeo in March.
Wilson still has two big rodeos left this year. He will compete in the Texas High School Rodeo Association event June 8 in Abilene. He will be in the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla., July 5.
Several other members of the Decatur team placed in the top five for the season in the NTHSRA.
Sophomore Carolyn Spear finished third in steer undecorating and had the fourth-best average during the finals.
Cody Kral, a junior, grabbed third for the year in bull riding.
Sophomore Camerron Tucker placed fourth in steer wrestling.
Chase Gasperson, junior, finished fourth in team roping. He was sixth in average in the finals.
Junior Jake Cobb took third in calf roping at the finals.