Battaglia, Deskovick win at Sheriff’s Rodeo in San Bernardino
By Joe Naiman
Two Ramona cowboys won their events at the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo in San Bernardino.
Marcus Battaglia won the team roping event, working as the header while partnering with heeler Kyle Lockett of Visalia, while Matt Deskovick shared first place in the steer wrestling competition at the Sept. 23-25 rodeo.
“That’s a great rodeo,” Battaglia said.
Battaglia competed at the San Bernardino rodeo for the third time, but this was his first successful run. His 2009 time was not fast enough to place, and he missed his steer last year.
“This year we had a great steer,” Battaglia said.
Battaglia and Lockett were in the Saturday night performance of the San Bernardino rodeo, so other cowboys had a chance to better their time the following afternoon.
“There were a lot of good people left to rope,” Battaglia said.
Battaglia felt that their time would at least place.
“I knew I was going to get a check,” he said.
The number of places paid depends on the number of competitors in an event, and the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo paid eight team roping positions. The first-place checks gave Battaglia and Lockett $2,404 apiece.
The second-place team ropers, Travis Tryan of Billings, Mont., and York Gill of Stephenville, Texas, had a time of 5.5 seconds.
The rodeo occurred during the final week of the rodeo season for National Finals Rodeo qualifying purposes. Gill qualified for NFR as one of the top 15 team roping heelers in the world standings while Tryan’s 16th-place finish in the header standings fell one position short of an 11th consecutive NFR qualification.
The San Bernardino rodeo was the third of the weekend for Battaglia and Lockett. They missed during the Friday night performance of the Barstow Boys and Girls Club PRCA Rodeo.
“After that I told myself don’t look back,” Battaglia said.
Battaglia and Lockett spent that Saturday afternoon at the Poway Rodeo. They drew the same steer they had when they won the Tehachapi Mountain PRCA Rodeo with a time of 5.3 seconds in August. They were the first competitors in their Poway performance and had a time of 6.6 seconds.
“I didn’t know if it was going to hold through the night or not,” Battaglia said.
Battaglia and Lockett were in fifth place when the Poway Rodeo ended, giving each team roper $938. Battaglia rode Cocky for the weekend’s rodeos.
Deskovick, who didn’t compete at Barstow, also added earnings from the Poway Rodeo to his San Bernardino win. Deskovick competed in San Bernardino’s Friday night performance and had a time of 3.8 seconds.
“Good run,” he said. “Everything worked the way it’s supposed to.”
Deskovick rode Booger Red. Stan Branco of Chowchilla, who finished the season 16th in the world steer wrestling standings, served as Deskovick’s hazer who guided the steer.
“Drew a good steer,” Deskovick said. “The horse worked good.”
Deskovick would end the rodeo sharing first place with Tom Lewis of Lehi, Utah, who bulldogged in San Bernardino’s Sunday afternoon performance.
“I knew I was going to win something, but I didn’t know if I was going to win it or not.”
Deskovick and Lewis each received $1,636 for splitting first and second. Deskovick also won the San Bernardino rodeo in 2010.
“It’s a good rodeo for me for some reason. I like it,” he said.
Branco won the steer wrestling at Poway with a time of 3.7 seconds, so Deskovick would have placed second had he not incurred a 10-second penalty for a broken barrier during his Saturday night run. Deskovick’s time of 13.8 seconds including the penalty gave him a split of sixth and seventh place at Poway and earned him $122.
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