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South Dakota ropers, Dees / Lord, cash in for Round 1 Victory

It didn’t take long for team ropers Jr. Dees/Levi Lord to cash in at the 2022 Wrangler NFR.

The duo recorded a 4.3-second run to capture the Round 1 win.

“It was awesome. I was a little nervous back there,” Dees said. “When you first do it, you don’t really believe it’s happening until it actually comes to you. I wanted to start off this year just trying to turn the steers and not be too aggressive with too much rope out. I aim to give Levi a good shot at it every time.

J.R. Dees enters his second NFR fourth in the standings. The Aurora, SD cowboy split $28,914 with his partner, Levi Lord in Round 1. Jackie Jensen Photography

“I’m pumped about it. I’m just going to keep doing the same thing for ten days. I’m going to show up, on time and be ready.”

Lord also took a moment to talk about his NFR mindset.

Levi Lord, Sturgis, SD, entered his second NFR at fifth in the standings. Jackie Jensen Photography

“That’s what I said earlier. Everybody just wants to win a check and to win the first-place check is just that much sweeter,” Lord said. “It gets everything on track for the rounds ahead. You come out here with such high hopes and to win X-amount of dollars. To knock out a go-round win like this and to get started like that, can’t beat it.”

NFR Team Roping – Round 1 – Unofficial Results

1J.R. Dees / Levi Lord4.3$28,914
2Clay Tryan / Jade Corkill4.5$22,851
3Kaleb Driggers / Junior Nogueira4.7$17,255
4Andrew Ward / Buddy Hawkins5.2$12,125
5Cody Snow / Wesley Thorp5.3$7,426
6Coleman Proctor / Logan Medlin5.6$4,664
7Tanner Tomlinson / Patrick Smith9.4
8Riley Minor / Brady Minor9.5
9Lightning Aguilera / Johnathan Torres14.4
Jake Orman / Brye CritesNT
Chad Masters / Joseph HarrisonNT
Tyler Wade / Trey YatesNT
Rhen Richard / Jeremy BuhlerNT
Dustin Egusquiza / Travis GravesNT
Clay Smith / Jake LongNT

Courtesy of the PRCA

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