Aragon wrestles away title

By Kevin Wilson

CJ Aragon admitted that he needed some luck. He had all he needed on Saturday night.
Aragon, listed as competitor No. 7 in the Clovis Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo, got the run he needed with a time of 5.3 seconds to win the steer wrestling championship.
“I was just trying to get a steer thrown down,” said Aragon, a native of Belen. “I’ve had some bad luck lately. I just tried to get in the best run I could.”
Most of the competitors in Saturday’s rodeo, part of the Turquoise Circuit, were unsuccessful in their attempts to dethrone the leaders from Thursday and Friday. Of the seven events that counted in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings, only two events were won by rodeoers on the Saturday program.
The other winner was Jana Bean of Fort Hancock, Texas, whose time of 16.93 in barrel racing was seven tenths of a second better than the second-place finisher, Kim Randle.
Between events, spectators were treated to a roping/horse act by Jerry Diaz. Throughout the night, announcer Boyd Polhamus and barrel man Leon Coffee pushed the sound system to its limits with their brand of cowboy comedy.
The evening finished with the bull riding competition, where none of the 13 Saturday competitors were able to put together a clean ride. As a result, Gary Sands and Terrance Granger split the top prize with scores of 84 each.
Other winners were Monte Downare in bareback bronc riding (80 points), Jim Locke in calf roping (9.5 seconds) and Todd Rangel in saddle bronc riding (75 points). Bobby Simmons and John Pat Lucero held on for the team roping championship with a time of 6.0 seconds, while Bill Snur won the all-around competition. Snur, who hails from Douglas, Ariz., was the only competitor to earn points in two events — team roping and calf roping.
T.J. Good of Elida got a partial victory for the evening. Good took a no time in calf roping, but managed to claim a win with two of his friends in the wild cow milking competition.
“At least I can win one event coming here, anyway,” Good said with a laugh. His teammates were Justin Boyd of Fort Sumner and Chad Atwood of Portales.
While Good and his teammates took an easy win in wild cow milking (37.88 seconds), his calf roping run was anything but.
“I don’t even know (what went wrong),” Good said. “If I knew, I wouldn’t have done it.”