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NFR: Nick Guy takes over 1st place in steer wrestling
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NFR: Nick Guy takes over 1st place in steer wrestling

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Marty Yates of Stephenville, Texas, competes in tie-down roping during the first go-round of the National Finals Rodeo on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Las Vegas. Yates had the best time of the night, finishing in 7.4 seconds.

LAS VEGAS – Nick Guy moved up from fourth to first in the PRCA steer wrestling standings by placing first in 3.6 seconds during round one on Thursday at the National Finals Rodeo.

Guy, a Sparta, Wisconsin resident, who last qualified for the NFR in 2010, earned $19,002 to boost his earnings to $96,757.

"It feels good to get a nice paycheck in round one," said Guy, the first-ever round winner at the NFR in any event from Wisconsin. "We talked about winning round one the whole way out here to Las Vegas. I'm from Wisconsin. People in my hometown .. they don't know I rodeo.

"It's not a rodeo part of the country and that's why when I win it makes me feel good about where I'm from. I'm going to sleep well tonight, and I (plan) to keep doing exactly what I did tonight for the rest of the NFR."

Casey Martin of Sulphur, Louisiana, moved from third to second in the standings with $93,457 by tying for second place in 3.7 with four-time PRCA champion Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, California. Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Oregon, entered the NFR first in the PRCA standings with $91,804 but now is third after coming in 15th and last in 20.70.

In bareback riding, Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, moved closer toward winning his fourth consecutive PRCA title by placing first in the opening round with an 84.5 on Cactus Juice.

Feild entered the NFR in first in the PRCA standings and increased his earnings to $191,386. Steven Peebles of Redmond, Oregon remained far behind in second after placing 12th with a 78.5 on Flashcard Champion.

Four-time PRCA champion Bobby Mote of Culver, Oregon, tied for 13th with a 77.5 on Clownin Around. He is just $39,458 away from becoming the sixth individual to earn $1 million in NFR competition.

In team roping, header Turtle Powell of Stephenville, Texas, and heeler Dakota Kirchenschlager of Morgan Mill, Texas, placed first in a record opening-round time of 4.00 (the previous mark of 4.10 was held by two different teams).

Header Clay Tryan of Billings and heeler Jade Corkill, of Fallon, Nevada, finished third in 4.7 and remained in first in the PRCA standings. Tryan and Corkill, the defending PRCA champions, each have earned $121,521 in 2014.

Header Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, and heeler Travis Graves of Jay, Oklahoma, are second in the standings with $106,303 each after finishing fifth in 5.20 for round one.

In saddle bronc riding, Cort Scheer of Elsmere, Nebraska, won the first round with an 87 on Short Stop. The victory allowed Scheer to move up from third in the standings to second with $121,416. Taos Muncy of Corona, New Mexico, who tied for third with an 80.5 on Paint Chip, remains first in the standings with $136,533.

Defending PRCA champion Chad Ferley of Oelrichs, South Dakota, didn't record a score.

In tie-down roping, NFR rookie Marty Yates of Stephenville, Texas, took first place in a time of 7.4 and is now fourth in the PRCA standings with $102,190.

"This is an unbelievable feeling," Yates said. "I've worked my whole life to get right here where I am. Words can't explain what I'm feeling right now. It's amazing and awesome. My first NFR ... to come out winning round one gives me a lot more confidence for the remaining nine rounds."

Two-time PRCA champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, is first in the PRCA standings with $153,822 despite not placing among the top six in round one with a time of 8.6.

In barrel racing, Fallon Taylor of Whitesboro, Texas, moved closer to first place in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association standings by winning round one in a time of 14.09.

Taylor is second in the standings with $150,474 and trails only Kaley Bass of Kissimmee, Florida, who didn't place among the top six. Bass has earned $155,280 in 2014.

Defending WPRA champion Sherry Cervi of Marana, Arizona, placed fifth in a time of 14.35.

In bull riding, NFR rookie Joe Frost of Randlett, Utah, won the first round with a score of 85.5 on Rattler.

Four-time PRCA champion J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas, finished fourth with a score of 75 on Tea Time.

In the all-around, defending PRCA champion Brazile, who has won the last eight and 11 of the last 12 PRCA all-around titles, extended his lead over runner-up Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, during round one. Brazile has earned $323,041 in 2014 compared to $158,537 for Cooper.

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