November 23, 2022

Update: Oh, so close for local steer wrestler Monday


Stephen Culling of Fort St. John’s finished fifth Monday afternoon in the 4th round of drive-in wrestling at the Calgary Stampede.

He will now take part in the Wildcard on Saturday for a chance to qualify for Sunday’s Championship Final.

Culling finished with a time of 4.5 seconds, just 2/10ths of a second off fourth place and behind Texan Hunter Cure.

He should have made it to the top four to go straight to the final.

Another group of steer wrestlers will begin competition on Tuesday.

Original story:

Steer wrestler Stephen Culling is hoping to advance to Sunday’s final at the Calgary Stampede.

The Fort St. John cowboy, however, will need to place in the top four in his final pool round this afternoon to qualify directly for a berth; a fifth to ninth place finish would mean he would have to take part in the Wildcard on Saturday.

“I got a good check in the first round, which takes a little heat off for the next bid, but I really want to win something today,” said Culling, who won $4,500 for a second-place finish on Friday. .

“Anyway, I should have enough wins to get through Saturday for sure, but the goal is to have a good day today, win something, first or second, and go straight to Sunday without having to go through the joker. ”

Culling clocked a 14.9 on Saturday after breaking the barrier, and a 4.8 on Sunday, putting him just out of the money, but admitted he is having fun this year and making money in the process.

Two weeks ago, he earned two first-place finishes at the Ponoka Stampede to net him $7,600 and he currently sits atop the Canadian Pro Rodeo steer wrestling earnings list at $35,730.87.