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Currin Takes Lead

Tony Currin of Heppner, Ore., is looking for his third Pendleton Round-Up steer wrestling championship after round-one action.

Currin charged into the arena and rolled his steer onto its back in 6.2 seconds, giving him a 12.5-second total on two head and the lead in the average.

Brad Goodrich of Pendleton, a national finalist in calf roping, had the day’s best time in bulldogging at 5.5. He will return among the top 12 in Saturday’s finals.

In team roping, Shane Schwenke, Zortman, Mont., and Monty Joe Petska, Carlsbad, N.M., put together an 8.1-second run that catapulted them into first place in the go-round with a combined two-head time of 15.3 seconds.

Clint Corey of Kennewick moved into the top five in the first go-round of bareback riding; Ted Nuce of Escalon, Calif., joined the leaders in bull riding; and Jess Martin of Dillon, Mont., took the lead in saddle bronc riding.