MSU Spring Rodeo, Day 2 (copy)

Montana State’s Brant Grisedale earns 68 points riding saddle bronc during the MSU Spring Rodeo on April 12.

Andy Bolich knows how quick momentum can swing in rodeo. So through two rounds at the College National Finals Rodeo, Montana State’s head coach was measured in describing the Bobcats’ performance.

“There were definitely some good performances and there were a few bad draws that cost us,” Bolich said. “The thing about rodeo is things change so fast, whether it’s good or bad. We’re just going to keep moving forward and see how everything shakes out for Saturday.”

MSU wrapped up the second round of the CNFR on Tuesday in Casper, Wyoming, and the third round is set to take place throughout the rest of the week. That gives the Bobcats a final chance to finish in each event’s top 12 to qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Through two rounds, MSU’s men ranked ninth in team standings with 160 points, which is 145 behind first-place Tarleton State. Jack Graham is in third place in men’s all-around standings with 50 points, trailing Northwest College’s Caleb McMillan by 145.

After a solid first round, Graham tied for 12th in the second round of tiedown roping with a score of 10.9 seconds and tied for 20th in team roping (13.1 seconds) with partner Matt Williams.

“(Graham) really upped his level of roping this past year and his mental toughness,” Bolich said. “He worked this past year just like he always has and it’s shown down here. If anything happens in the run, he just stays focused and keeps moving forward.”

In saddle bronc, Brant Grisedale took seventh (72 points) in the second go to boost his chances after a no score in Round 1. Brooke Wilson tied for 10th in the second round of barrel racing by finishing in 14.53 seconds.

Through two rounds of steer wrestling, Will Powell didn’t record a score either time. But Bolich used the accomplished senior as an example of someone bound to draw a steer that he can successfully control.

“If we’re not in first, we’re trying to get there,” Bolich said. “We’re just going to keep scratching and we’re not going to give up until after Saturday night. That’s what our team did all year and we’re just going to keep doing it down here.”

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Paul Schwedelson is a sports writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.