Chase Wilson is the best high school steer wrestler in Texas.
The incoming Decatur junior captured the Texas High School Rodeo Association title Saturday in Abilene.
Wilson won the rodeo average and turned in the best times in the first go and short go. He brought home the champion saddle and four buckles.
“This means a lot,” Wilson said. “Like I’ve said before, I’m trying to follow in my dad’s and brother’s footsteps.
“It felt good knowing that I’m the best bulldogger in Texas and that my hard work paid off.”
Wilson, who won the season steer wrestling title for the North Texas High School Rodeo Association in May, said he came into the event in Abilene determined to finish on top.
Wilson claimed that he ran 125 steers leading up to state. He also practiced in the morning and took part in jackpot events each night.
“I went in trying to work harder and work more steers than everybody else,” Wilson said.
In the first go, Wilson took just 4.52 seconds to complete his run. It was the best time of the round and one of only three under five seconds.
He turned in a 5.06 on his second run, which was good for a reserve buckle.
With the best average among competitors, Wilson drew the last run of the short go.
“All the pressure was on me. I rode as good as I as could and as fast as I could,” Wilson explained.
He turned in the rodeo’s best time – 4.46 – to seal the title.
“It didn’t kick in until I got the buckles and saddle,” he said.
Wilson will not get a lot of time to celebrate the victory. He will ride in the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla., July 5-11 and the National High School Finals Rodeo July 13-19 in Rock Springs, Wyo.
“I hope to do just as good [at nationals],” Wilson said.