LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Wade Sundell had an impressive showing in the second round of the National Finals Rodeo on Friday night, finishing first in a three-way tie in saddle bronc riding.
Sundell, from Boxholm, tied with Jake Wright of Milford, Utah and Cort Scheer of Elsmere, Neb. with 84.5 points.
Jesse Wright didn't place among the top six, but stayed in first at $145,760, while Sundell moved up from third to second with $128,563.
"I hadn't been on in a long time, and to come here after these first two horses back, I feel good and I'm ready to rock and roll,'' said Sundell in a post race interview. "The knee feels awesome and I think it's where I need it to be.''
In the first round, Sundell picked up a score of 77 and has a score of 165.2 throught two rounds. He won his first round last season.
Sundell, who had been out since early-September due to a knee injury, won the Snake River Stampede, Nampa, Idaho. The win moved him to first place in the PRCA World Standings for the first time in his career.
Sundell is the son of Wade Sundell, Boxholm and Laura Grieser. He grew up on a farm outside of Boxhom and graduated from Ogden in 2003.
The National Finals Rodeo runs through Dec. 15 inside the Thomas and Mack Center, and is televised on the ESPN Networks.