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Costa sidelined: Defending champ out after knee surgery

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Defending tie-down roping world champion Marcos Costa is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season after recently undergoing knee surgery.

According to prorodeo.com, Costa underwent surgery on his right knee April 26 and is expected to be sidelined for up to seven months.

The injury is expected to spoil Costa’s attempt to qualify for the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas where the sport’s elite contend for world titles. The regular season will conclude on Sept. 30. By that time, Costa more than likely will be far from having enough earnings to qualify for the Dec. 6-15 NFR.

Costa, who has qualified for the NFR the past three years, was ranked sixth in the May 14 RAM PRCA World Standings in tie-down roping.

Costa is undergoing his rehab at Fit-N-Wise Rehabilitation and Performance Center in Decatur.

Last year, Costa became the first Brazilian native to clinch a tie-down roping world title after earning $317,421 during the 2017 regular season and the Dec. 7-16 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. He also clinched the coveted average title at the 2017 National Finals with an 81.3-second aggregate time on 10 head.

GRAY WINS EVENT

Many of the top riders on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit were in Redding, Calif. last weekend.

The rodeo offered competitors $169,384 in prize money.

Adam Gray, a former Texas Tech star from Seymour, clinched the tie-down roping average title after finishing with a two-run time of 18.2. Gray also won the first round with an 8.7.

The four-time National Finals qualifier earned $4,737.

In bareback riding, Bill Tutor, a 2017 National Finals qualifier from Huntsville, clinched the title with a score of 87.5.

In team roping, header Aaron Macy of Post and his heeling partner, Wyatt Cox, tied for first in the team roping title race after turning in a two-run time of 14.8. Macy and Cox each earned $3,226.

Macy and Cox shared the team roping title with Dan Williams Jr. and Brush Minton. Other Redding Rodeo winners were all-around cowboy Jordan Ketscher ($4,062, tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (8.8 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (87 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Rubels), barrel racer Mary Jo Camera (17.36 seconds), and bull rider Braden Richardson (89 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Hillbilly Rock).

The traditional Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo, which was last weekend in Vernon, also drew credentialed competitors.

Three-time world champion Will Lowe of Canyon clinched the bareback riding title after turning in an 85.5. Silvano Alves, a Professional Bull Riders three-time world champion who lives in Decatur, clinched the bull riding title after turning in 88.

PBR UPDATE

On the PBR circuit, Marcos Gloria won last weekend’s Canadian Iron Cowboy title in Quebec City, Canada. It was the third stop of the 2018 season for the nation’s premier Monster Energy Tour.

Gloria, 27, earned $19,125. Gloria also catapulted more than 60 spots in the world standings to No. 32. He began the event ranked No. 98.

Meanwhile, three-time world champion Silvano Alves, a Brazilian, finished sixth in the title race and earned $1,690.

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

Hadley Miller, a Boyd junior, clinched the North Texas High School Rodeo Association 2017-2018 boys all-around title for the second consecutive year. He also claimed single event titles in tie-down roping and bull riding while competing at the NTHSRA Finals last weekend in Alvarado.

WINDY RYON ROPING

The 45th Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, which will feature world class competitors, is scheduled for May 25-27 in north Fort Worth. Team roping is scheduled for May 25, break-away roping and tie-down roping is May 26 and steer roping is May 27. For more information, visit windyryon.org.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

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