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Who from the Mountain States Circuit have advanced to the semifinals in Cheyenne?
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Teagan Bentley and Hunter Karlson make a 9.7-second run to advance to the semifinals at the 2023 Cheyenne Frontier Days. | Tanya Hamner Photo

They don’t call Cheyenne Frontier Days the Daddy of ’em All for nothing. With a long score and big money to be won, Cheyenne is one of the most prestigious rodeos, and the implications of success there are great, including for the Mountain States Circuit’s cowboys.

Full Cheyenne Frontier Days Team Roping Results 2023

For Mountain States Circuit contestants, showing out in Cheyenne can potentially set their entire year up. Here are the Mountain States teams that have advanced from the progressive rounds into the semifinals Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, 2023.


Todd Drummond and Jason DeVore

Drummond of Greeley, Colorado, and DeVore from Fort Lupton were 9.4 in the first performance to win their set worth $2,000 a man and advance on. Drummond currently sits No. 17 in the circuit heading standings, and DeVore sits No. 16 on the heeling side, so their week in Cheyenne could give them a boost toward that top 12.

Edgar Antonio Aguilar and Edgar Villegas

With a 10.1 in the first set, Aguilar and Villegas finished second to win $1,500 each. Aguilar is from Greeley and Villegas is from Denver. Aguilar sits No. 11 in the heading standings in the circuit, and Villegas is No. 9 on the heeling side, meaning success in Cheyenne could give them a bigger cushion in the top 12.

Garrett Tonozzi

Tonozzi may be a Texan now, but he claims the Mountain States Circuit and currently sits No. 10 on the heading side of the standings. He was a 10.1 in set No. 1 to finish third with partner Jace Davis and win $1,000 a man.

Wheaton Williams and Bryan Lemmon

Sheridan, Wyoming’s Williams and Torrington’s Lemmon are currently unranked in the Mountain States Circuit. They were 10.9 in the first performance to advance on to the semifinals and win $500 a man. If they can continue to push through to the short round, Williams and Lemmon have a great chance to put their names in the circuit standings.

Teagan Cade Bentley and Hunter Karlson

Teagan Cade Bentley of Casper, Wyoming, is just 19, and his biggest win up to this point was the #15.5 at the Ariat World Series of Team Roping’s Title Fights in 2022 with Brandon Bates to the tune of $24,460. But he has 27-year-old Hunter Karlson at The Daddy of ’em All, and their 9.7 in the second performance gets them another shot on Saturday in the semifinals. Neither are in the standings for the Mountain States at the moment, so a hit at Cheyenne could mean big things for their season.

Clayton Van Aken and Cullen Teller

Clayton Van Aken of Yoder, Wyoming, and Cullen Teller of Ault, Colorado, are Mountain-States stalwarts who’ve represented the MSC at the NFR Open/RNCFR multiple times. Both 31, VanAken and Teller were 9.7 in the third performance to split last hole and advance to Saturday’s semifinals. Van Aken was ninth in the circuit before Cheyenne with $4,353.14, while Teller was eighth with the same figure. Both could jump substantially with a big hit at the Daddy.

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