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EWC instructor grappling for spot in finals

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas – Dean Gorsuch, Eastern Wyoming College’s welding instructor, is still in the running for a spot in the World’s Largest One-Day Rodeo after one day of steer wrestling in Fort Worth, Texas.

On Monday, 160 cowboys from across the country competed in two rounds of steer wrestling to snag a top-20 spot to advance to the semi-finals. In the first round of slack, Gorsuch took 15th overall, clocking a 4.84. In the second round, he did not place in the top-20. On his second steer, Gorsuch recorded a time of 5.43.

“You always want to do better, but you just have to keep going,” Gorsuch said of his times from Monday.

The welding instructor’s combined time of 10.27 seconds ranked him 11th after the first day. His finish put him in the semi-final performances, which were run on Wednesday night. The top-10 from the performance Wednesday will advance to another round run on Friday. The five best finishes from Friday will qualify to run in The American on Sunday.

Gorsuch is no stranger to the World’s Largest One-Day Rodeo. In 2014, he took second in the final performance. Before taking the job at EWC, Gorsuch was a professional steer wrestler.

“I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid. I just ate, breathed and lived it,” Gorsuch said. “Now I’m a welding instructor and I love it at EWC and that’s where I want to be.”

For the complete article see the 02-17-2017 issue.

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