June 11, 2012
Incoming Moffat County High School senior Wyatt Uptain competes in the steer wrestling event at a rodeo earlier this year. Uptain was the all-around champion at the Colorado state rodeo and was the individual saddle bronc champion. He will be competing in saddle bronc and team dally roping with teammate and incoming MCHS sophomore Denton Taylor at the national rodeo July 15-21 in Rock Springs, Wyo.
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The Moffat County High School rodeo team is sending three members to the national competition in Wyoming after solid performances at the state rodeo. Rising seniors Wyatt Uptain and Garrett Buckley have qualified in saddle bronc (riding a saddled bronco for eight seconds), while Uptain and Denton Taylor, who just finished his freshman year at MCHS, qualified together in dally team roping. The state competition was last Thursday through Sunday at Lamar Community College in Lamar. Buckley was unable to compete due to a broken collarbone, but his performance at rodeos earlier in the year was already good enough to qualify him for nationals. Uptain, meanwhile, starred at the state competition, winning the all-around individual state championship and placing first in saddle bronc while he and Taylor finished third in team roping.