New Season, New Resistol Jr. Leaders in Wyatt Walker and Cole Shook
The race for the 2025 USTRC Resistol Jr. Champion title kicked off following the conclusion of the 2024 Cinch USTRC NFTR with Wyatt Walker and Cole Shook in the lead.
Colten Brown and Cole Shook with trophy saddles standing next to each other in front of backdrop with sponsor logos
Colten Brown and Cole Shook were the #7.5 USTRC champions at the Virginia Championships, produced by JX2 in early June. | Courtesy JX2

As of June 24, 2024, the race for the 2024 Resistol Jr. Champion title proved well on its way with Missouri’s Wyatt Walker and North Carolina’s Cole Shook in the standings lead with 40 and 33 points, respectively, giving them a narrow but important lead over the rest of the pack.

Current Resistol Jr. Leaders

Walker Wyatt

Entering the race out of Diamond, Missouri, switchender Wyatt Walker, 12, secured his spot at No. 1 in the heading standings in May, first competing in the Missouri Classic early in the month, followed by the Heart of the Ozarks Championship a few weeks later.

At the Missouri Classic on May 3, Walker earned two fourth-place finishes worth 7 points each in both the #10.5 USTRC and the #8.5 USTRC, giving him a 14-point foundation by the time he entered up at Heart of the Ozarks. There, the young header hit his stride and took second place, worth 9 points, in the #11.5 USTRC and the #10.5 USTRC. Then, he finished the event in third place in the #9.5 USTRC for an additional 8 points. And that was just in the heading.

Walker has also established himself a spot on the heeling side of the standings at No. 18, which he shares with Kase Key from Stephenville, Texas, who also has 12 points, the whole of which Walker earned with a second-place and eighth-place finish in the #8.5 USTRC at the Missouri Classic.

Cole Shook

From Leicester, North Carolina, Cole Shook, 14, went to work at the Virginia Championships in early June. There, he earned the entirety of his standings-leading 33 points by taking second and sixth pace in the #9.5 USTRC, worth 9 and 5 points, respectively. 

Then, Shook did double duty in the #7.5 USTRC, too, claiming the champion and reserve champion titles for 10 and 9 points, respectively. 

The Top 5


The rest of the Top 5 Resistol Jr. headers are in close pursuit behind Walker, who has a 2-point lead over No. 2 header 

Gage Hines of Dilley, Texas. Hines also maintains a 2-point lead over No. 3 header Pecos Patton roping out of Shallowater, Texas, with a total of 36 points in the standings.

Patton possesses a somewhat more comfortable 5-point lead over No. 4 header Lexi Andrews of Live Oak, Florida, who, with her 31 points, leads No. 5 header Ryder Volf of Stephenville, Texas, by 3 points.


Behind Shook, the Resistol Jr. heeling standings stack up quickly and closely, with No. 2 heeler Cooper Brittain from Rockwall, Texas, just a single point behind Shook’s 33 points.

From Ingalls, Kansas, Jhett Vanderhamm takes the No. 3 spot with 29 points, which gives him a 2-point lead over No. 4 heeler Brit Smith of Atmore, Alabama. Smith also holds a 2-point lead over a tie at No. 5, shared by Sterling City, Texas’ Pason Patton and Holt, Missouri’s Blaine Gray with 25 points each.

2024-2025 USTRC Resistol Jr. Leaders

(as of 6/26/24. Go to for current standings.)

Wyatt Walker40Diamond, Missouri
Gage Hines38Dilley, Texas
Pecos Patton36Shallowater, Texas
Lexi Andrews31Live Oak, Florida
Ryder Volf28Stephenville, Texas
Rance Winters27Stephenville, Texas
Carter Glass27Sterling City, Texas
Kolter Jackson25Stephenville, Texas
Gregory Mitchell22Adairsville, Georgia
Zydon Ballard21Berryville, Arkansas
1. Cole Shook33Leicester, North Carolina
2. Cooper Brittain32Rockwall, Texas
3. Jhett Vanderhamm29Inglalls, Kansas
4. Brit Smith27Atmore, Alabama
5. Pason Patton25Sterling City, Texas
5. Blaine Gray25Holt, Missouri
7. Grady Green20Cherry Valley, Illinois
8. Wyatt J Howell19Millsap, Texas
8. Hagen Wright19Lipan, Texas
10. Owen Littau18Newport, Nebraska

Current USTRC or Key Card/Key Card Max membership is required to participate in the Resistol Junior Champion Program. Earned points begin counting at time of membership purchase thru the NFTR’s last shootout event. The season begins the Monday after the last USTRC NFTR event and ends the last day of the next USTRC NFTR event.

Ropers must enter at least one Shootout division in the USTRC NFTR to be eligible. The award will be announced at the end of the USTRC National Finals of Team Roping event.


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