Triplett wins in Sioux Falls

Matt Triplett celebrated on top of the shark cage for the first time since 2015. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

Highlights

  • Matt Triplett came out on top in Sioux Falls as he won his first BFTS event since 2015 Sunday afternoon.
  • Cody Nance finished in second in Sioux Falls after going 3-for-4.
  • Cooper Davis came in third and won the championship round after a 91-point ride on Cut The Cord.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It had been two years since Matt Triplett got to celebrate a PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) win on top of the shark cage. Triplett returned to the spotlight in a big way as he rode to the victory at the First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational Sunday afternoon at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, rocketing from No. 18 to No. 9 in the PBR World Standings.

The Montana Man earned his first BFTS event title since Anaheim, California, in 2015 in front of a PBR-record third consecutive sellout crowd in Sioux Falls. The event was the most successful regular-season non-Major event in PBR history.

“I feel really good right now,” a beaming Triplett said. “I wasn’t healthy all of last year recovering from elbow and shoulder surgery but I finally feel good. My dad really helped me get back in a good mindset, he told me that I’m very talented and I can ride any bull, I just have to stay out of my head. I did that this weekend and it feels great.”

Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana) went 3-for-4 in the event, including an 88.75-point ride on Little Red Jacket (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls) in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round to seal the deal. For the win, Triplett picked up 625 total world points over the weekend along with $34,961.

2009 PBR Rookie of the Year Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee) finished in second place in the event. Nance went 3-for-4 in Sioux Falls, including two rides on Championship Sunday. He first covered Pick-It Construction's Find Jesus (Ogden Ranch/Hart Cattle Co.) for 80.5 points in Round 3 before closing out his weekend with an 89.5-point trip aboard VJV Nailed (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls) in the championship round. For the finish, Nance pocketed 350 points towards the PBR world standings along with $17,936.

Nance leaves South Dakota as the No. 14 ranked bull rider in the world after his performance.

2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) finished third in the event after going 2-for-4, including a masterful 91-point ride aboard Cut The Cord (Aduddell/Owens/Wyatt) to win the championship round. Davis earned 265 world points along with a $16,680 paycheck.

Davis also shifted up two spots in the world standings from No. 8 to No. 6.

Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) went 3-for-4 over the weekend and slid into fourth place. He rode two bulls on Championship Sunday, including an 86.5-point ride on Bullrito (Flying S Bucking Bulls) in Round 3 before finishing up with an 86.75-point trip on Red Bandana (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Chase Bass). For the effort, Kolbaba pocketed 255 points toward the world standings and $7,186.

Kolbaba (No. 4) trails current world leader Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvlenadia, Brazil) by 1,220 points. Aparecido did not compete on Sunday after he pulled out of the event due to an injury he suffered in Round 2.

Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) rounded out the Top 5 after going 2-for-4 in South Dakota. Vieira wrapped up his weekend with an 89.5-point ride on Fire & Smoke (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls) in the championship round, and took home 200 points toward the world standings and $10,616.

2016 PBR World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) was named the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event after recording a 46.25-point bull score for his buckoff of Kolbaba in Saturday’s 15/15 Bucking Battle.

The PBR next heads to Billings, Montana, and the Rimrock Auto Arena for the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational April 7-9. Billings is the longest running stop on the Built Ford Tough Series, and it will be rocking for three days straight.

Round 1 of the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, begins at 9:30 p.m. ET on April 7 on PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app. Round 2 will being at 8:30 p.m. ET on April 8 on PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app.

Championship Sunday from Billings will be live on PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app starting at 3:30 p.m. ET on April 9. CBS Sports Network will also broadcast the Championship Sunday action starting at 4 p.m. ET.

PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Matt Triplett, 82.25-87.25-0-88.75-258.25-625 Points.
2. Cody Nance, 0-87-80.5-89.5-257.00-350 Points.
3. Cooper Davis, 0-89.5-0-91-180.50-265 Points.
4. Derek Kolbaba, 0-83.25-86.5-86.75-256.50-255 Points.
5. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 87.75-0-0-89.5-177.25-200 Points.
6. J.B. Mauney, 0-87.25-89-0-176.25-175 Points.
7. Stetson Lawrence, 0-83.5-85.25-86.25-255.00-150 Points.
8. Fabiano Vieira, 0-84.75-87.25-0-172.00-87.5 Points.
9. Dakota Buttar, 86.5-84.5-0-0-171.00-65 Points.
10. Troy Wilkinson, 86.5-0-0-0-86.50-60 Points.
11. Cody Teel, 0-0-86.5-0-86.50-50 Points.
12. Robson Aragao, 84.5-0-0-0-84.50-40 Points.
13. Kaique Pacheco, 69-84-0-0-153.00-25 Points.
14. Guilherme Marchi, 0-84.75-0-0-84.75-17.5 Points.
(tie). Luciano De Castro, 0-84.75-0-0-84.75-17.5 Points.
(tie). Mike Lee, 0-84.75-0-0-84.75-17.5 Points.
17. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-79-0-0-79.00
(tie). Silvano Alves, 0-79-0-0-79.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Jess Lockwood, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Chase Outlaw, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Mason Lowe, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0.00
Koal Livingston, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Brady Sims, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Rodeo Tyler, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Emilio Resende, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Kyle Jones, 0-0-0-0-0.00

2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Eduardo Aparecido, 17, 4, 7, 2,895.00, $263,713.33
2. Jess Lockwood, 13, 2, 4, 1,767.50, $171,873.33
3. Chase Outlaw, 15, 1, 7, 1,764.16, $94,031.19
4. Derek Kolbaba, 20, 2, 5, 1,675.00, $113,725.31
5. Kaique Pacheco, 22, 4, 7, 1,610.00, $135,627.72
6. Cooper Davis, 16, 0, 4, 1,380.00, $81,717.86
7. Rubens Barbosa, 22, 1, 3, 1,372.50, $84,779.50
8. Mason Lowe, 20, 0, 4, 1,333.33, $99,582.31
9. Matt Triplett, 21, 3, 6, 1,260.00, $76,468.15
10. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 16, 0, 4, 1,000.00, $52,696.19
11. J.B. Mauney, 15, 0, 2, 992.91, $52,433.33
12. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 19, 0, 4, 920.00, $52,781.67
13. Stormy Wing, 14, 1, 2, 915.00, $54,975.64
14. Cody Nance, 16, 0, 3, 867.50, $52,804.88
15. Ryan Dirteater, 18, 0, 1, 805.83, $46,835.67
16. Silvano Alves, 18, 0, 3, 773.33, $39,941.83
17. Shane Proctor, 15, 1, 2, 767.50, $52,638.33
18. Dener Barbosa, 19, 0, 4, 765.83, $41,055.99
19. Claudio Montanha Jr., 18, 2, 6, 739.16, $58,493.33
20. Guilherme Marchi, 17, 0, 4, 724.16, $34,710.47
21. Cody Teel, 9, 2, 3, 715.83, $49,308.33
22. Fabiano Vieira, 19, 1, 4, 710.83, $49,900.01
23. Luciano De Castro, 22, 0, 5, 547.50, $32,475.03
24. Mike Lee, 23, 2, 4, 508.33, $36,668.14
25. Stetson Lawrence, 19, 0, 2, 507.50, $24,461.67
26. Dakota Buttar, 10, 0, 0, 375.83, $24,297.16
27. Koal Livingston, 17, 1, 5, 360.00, $28,732.86
28. Brady Sims, 15, 0, 1, 345.00, $20,467.31
29. Troy Wilkinson, 9, 1, 3, 321.25, $26,815.23
30. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 19, 1, 4, 285.41, $23,628.33
31. Gage Gay, 16, 0, 0, 285.00, $18,845.00
32. J.W. Harris, 13, 1, 3, 280.41, $23,183.75
33. Reese Cates, 17, 1, 3, 270.00, $27,650.00
34. Luis Blanco, 13, 0, 1, 267.08, $17,056.31
35. Robson Aragao, 17, 1, 4, 240.00, $19,863.33
36. Nevada Newman, 8, 0, 2, 215.00, $15,850.25
37. Jake Gowdy, 17, 1, 2, 205.00, $29,147.71
38. Sonny Schafferius, 14, 1, 4, 172.50, $15,082.23
39. Alex Marcilio, 11, 0, 4, 155.00, $16,493.57
40. Emilio Resende, 12, 1, 3, 143.33, $17,510.00
41. Cody Heffernan, 20, 0, 2, 132.50, $16,335.71
42. Cody Ford, 13, 1, 3, 120.00, $12,700.00
42. Kyle Jones, 21, 1, 2, 120.00, $13,597.10
42. Ramon Rodrigues, 4, 0, 3, 120.00, $11,216.67
45. Cody Campbell, 15, 1, 3, 118.32, $10,878.33

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