Mickey Gee of Dean wrapped up his professional steer wrestling career Saturday, competing for a wildcard spot in Sunday’s Calgary Stampede finals.
Gee finished Saturday’s performance with a score of 5.7 for a 9th place finish in the go-round. The top three places advanced.
Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., came out as the top steer wrestler in the 10-day rodeo for $100,000 in prize money. As the first steer wrestler to run in the final four, Knowles set a blistering pace of 3.4 seconds, a full 1.1 seconds faster than the second place finisher.
Gee, a three-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo, finishes his career on a high note. He was invited to the Calgary Stampede after closing the 2011 season ranked eighth in the world. He is the 1999 World Champion Steer Wrestler.
Gee moved into the wildcard round after placing fifth in Pool B of the tournament-style rodeo July 10-13. The top steer wrestlers from Pool A and Pool B automatically advanced to the final, while the rest will competed Saturday for a chance to move on to Sunday’s competition.
Pool A, including Knowles, competed July 6-9.
|1st (Qualifier)||Billy Bugenig||Ferndale, Calif.||3.7|
|2nd (Qualifier)||Jake Rinehart||Highmore, S.D.||4.1|
|3rd (Qualifier)||Curtis Cassidy||Donalda, Alberta||4.2|
|4th||Stockton Graves||Newkirk, Okla.||4.4|
|5th||Sean Mulligan||Coleman, Okla.||4.5|
|6th||Wade Sumpter||Fowler, Colo.||4.6|
|7th||Straws Milan||Cochrane, Alberta||4.9|
|8th||Olin Hannum||West Haven, Utah||4.9|
|9th||Mickey Gee||Wichita Falls, Texas||5.7|
|10th||Blake Knowles||Heppner, Ore.||6.2|
|11th||Dean Gorsuch||Gering, Neb.||NT|
|Standing||Contestant||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Prize Money (total)|
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Wichita Falls, Texas