Meier goes 4-for-4 to win in Philadelphia

Highlights

  • Meier rode all four of his bulls to finish with 351.75 points.
  • The only other rider to ride four bulls was Guilherme Marchi, who finished second with 344 points.
  • Valdiron de Oliveira finished third with 242.50 points, including 88.50 points on David’s Dream.

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PHILADELPHIA - On the final ride of the night on Saturday, Austin Meier rode Cooper Tires How We Roll (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger Bucking Bulls) for 90.25 points to win the Professional Bull Riders Philadelphia Invitational presented by Cooper Tires at the Wells Fargo Center.

Meier rode all four bulls to finish with 351.75 points. He won the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Saturday, and Rounds 1 and 2 on Friday. He led the event from start to finish, earning $46,053.33 for the victory. The win moved him from seventh to fifth in the season Built Ford Tough Series standings.

The only other rider to ride four bulls was Guilherme Marchi, who finished second with 344 points. Marchi took the lead on the second-to-last ride with 89.75 points on Flint (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger Bucking Bulls). Valdiron de Oliveira finished third with 242.50 points, including 88.50 points on David's Dream (Circle T/3B Bucking Bulls) to finish third in the championship round. Oliveira moved up from third to second in the BFTS season standings, while Marchi climbed from fifth to fourth.

Defending PBR World Champion Silvano Alves tied for sixth in Philadelphia, and remains the top-ranked rider in the world. Alves, who is looking to become the first back-to-back champion in PBR history, leads Oliveira by 879.25 points. L.J. Jenkins, who tied for 19th in Philadelphia, is 292 points behind Oliveira in third place.

2011 World Champion Bull runner-up Asteroid (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo) won the Pabst Blue Ribbon Bull Award for being the high-marked bull of the event. Asteroid earned 46 out of a possible 50 points when he bucked off 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee in 1.97 seconds in the championship round. It is the fifth time that he has been the high-marked bull of an event, tying him with defending World Champion Bull Bushwacker for the most.

The 27 events of the season so far have produced 19 different winners. J.B. Mauney has the most wins with four, while Alves, Marchi, Meier, Robson Palermo, and Fabiano Vieira each have two wins. Mauney posted his three victories in the first 12 events of the season before breaking his hand.

NBC will broadcast Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in HD at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 7. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play. Color commentary will be provided by nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder Ty Murray. Dirt-level interviews will be handled by Marty Snider.

The BFTS will return to Columbus, Ohio, for the 15th consecutive year next Friday and Saturday for the Cooper Tires Invitational. Bull riding will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, and at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the Cooper Tires Invitational are available at the Nationwide Arena box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.

Columbus is the last regular season BFTS stop, and the final opportunity for riders to qualify for the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 24-28. The World Finals are where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded the coveted championship buckle and a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event on the planet, the World Finals has a total purse of more than $2 million.

Philadelphia is the 27th stop of the 2012 BFTS season, which opened in January with capacity crowds at Madison Square Garden in New York. The BFTS will make 28 stops in 23 states before the World Finals.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and YouTube. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer. 

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Philadelphia Invitational presented by Cooper Tires
Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia
Final Results
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Total Points)

1. Austin Meier, 87.25-88.25-86-90.25-351.75 points, $46,053.33
2. Guilherme Marchi, 82.5-87.5-84.25-89.75-344 points, $22,300
3. Valdiron de Oliveira, 68-0-86-88.5-242.50 points, $11,673.33
4. Jared Farley, 85-0-88-0-173 points, $9,580
5. Marco Eguchi, 84.75-0-87.5-inj-172.25 points, $7,100
6. Mike Lee, 85.75-0-86-0-171.75 points, $3,973.33
Silvano Alves, 86.5-0-85.25-0-171.75 points, $5,025
8. Renato Nunes, 0-dnq-87.25-0-87.25 points, $3,900
9. Brendon Clark, 0-dnq-87-0-87 points, $2,700
10. Billy Robinson, 86.5-0-0-0-86.50 points, $3,275
11. Chase Outlaw, 0-dnq-86.25-0-86.25 points, $1,250
Shane Proctor, 86.25-0-0-dnq-86.25 points, $1,700
13. Ty Pozzobon, 0-dnq-85.75-dnq-85.75 points, $400
14. Agnaldo Cardozo, 84.25-dnq-0-dnq-84.25 points, $770
Fabiano Vieira, 0-dnq-84.25-dnq-84.25 points, $400
16. Luke Snyder, 0-dnq-83.5-dnq-83.50 points, $400
17. Jory Markiss, 0-dnq-83-dnq-83 points, $400
18. Ben Jones, 82.5-dnq-0-dnq-82.50 points, $400
19. Aaron Roy, 81.75-dnq-0-dnq-81.75 points, $400
Emilio Resende, 0-dnq-81.75-dnq-81.75 points, $400
L.J. Jenkins, 81.75-dnq-0-dnq-81.75 points, $400
Caleb Sanderson, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Cody Johnson, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Cody Nance, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
David Kennedy, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Douglas Duncan, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Harve Stewart, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
J.B. Mauney, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Justin Koon, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Kody Lostroh, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Kyle Lozier, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Lachlan Richardson, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Paulo Lima, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Robson Palermo, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400
Stormy Wing, 0-dnq-0-dnq-0 points, $400

2012 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Season Standings
(Events, Wins, Top 5 finishes, Points, Earnings)

1. Silvano Alves, 27, 2, 8, 10,402.25, $426,000.61
2. Valdiron de Oliveira, 26, 1, 9, 9,523, $174,624.52
3. L.J. Jenkins, 27, 1, 10, 9,231, $184,952.33
4. Guilherme Marchi, 27, 2, 9, 8,866, $217,388.33
5. Austin Meier, 27, 2, 8, 8,255.25, $236,328.81
6. J.B.  Mauney, 24, 3, 7, 8,234.50, $285,915.27
7. Fabiano Vieira, 21, 2, 5, 7,421.50, $185,999.08
8. Marco Eguchi, 27, 1, 9, 7,045.25, $195,855.50
9. Renato Nunes, 27, 1, 5, 6,561.25, $123,309.57
10. Robson Palermo, 17, 2, 5, 5,492, $161,866.27
11. Ryan Dirteater, 23, 0, 4, 5,337, $101,708.12
12. Luke Snyder, 27, 1, 3, 5,216.50, $130,065.07
13. Harve Stewart, 27, 1, 4, 5,170, $142,741.83
14. Ben Jones, 17, 0, 5, 4,756.75, $110,444.10
15. Stormy Wing, 26, 0, 5, 4,491.25, $79,416.23
16. Chase Outlaw, 21, 1, 3, 4,186.50, $160,672.48
17. Cody Nance, 26, 1, 3, 4,170, $116,695.54
18. Mike Lee, 18, 0, 4, 4,141.50, $74,032.34
19. Kody Lostroh, 21, 1, 3, 4,038.75, $133,970.75
20. Ty Pozzobon, 24, 0, 2, 3,962.50, $90,101.16
21. Justin Koon, 22, 0, 6, 3,737.50, $67,454.25
22. Douglas Duncan, 21, 0, 2, 3,731.25, $85,687
23. Caleb Sanderson, 26, 0, 2, 3,526.25, $70,156.05
24. Chris Shivers, 14, 1, 3, 3,080, $74,270
25. Aaron Roy, 26, 0, 2, 3,026, $122,154.50
26. Jordan Hupp, 21, 1, 1, 2,732.50, $59,414.33
27. Emilio Resende, 12, 0, 2, 2,598.50, $69,587.29
28. Ryan McConnel, 16, 0, 1, 1,757, $22,283.33
29. Brendon Clark, 11, 0, 1, 1,698, $70,906.59
30. Jared Farley, 12, 0, 1, 1,542.75, $54,370.63
31. Cord McCoy, 17, 0, 0, 1,483.25, $30,939.89
32. Lachlan Richardson, 12, 1, 1, 1,408.75, $84,644.06
33. Jory Markiss, 14, 0, 1, 1,392.75, $50,623.51
34. Shane Proctor, 12, 0, 0, 1,387.50, $52,043.96
35. Cody Johnson, 6, 1, 1, 1,249.50, $83,327.32
36. Dakota Beck, 9, 0, 0, 1,249.50, $43,925.91
37. Billy Robinson, 15, 0, 0, 1,217.50, $55,217.33
38. Dusty Ephrom, 18, 0, 0, 1,153.50, $29,891.05
39. Kasey Hayes, 10, 0, 0, 914.25, $29,116.33
40. Rubens Barbosa, 8, 0, 1, 802.25, $32,026.32
41. Sean Willingham, 11, 0, 0, 793.75, $21,343.28
42. Chad Besplug, 9, 0, 0, 736.50, $156,718.83
43. Matt Bohon, 11, 0, 0, 726.75, $29,187.45
44. Elton Cide Pereira, 8, 0, 0, 721.75, $29,596.43
45. Paulo Ferreira, 8, 0, 0, 677.75, $55,782.31

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