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BIG SKY — Columbia Falls bull rider Matt Triplett was crowned the champion at the Big Sky Professional Bull Riders Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event Saturday night at Sage Brush Field.

The No. 7 ranked bull rider in the world entered the night tied for third place after covering The Kraken for 86.5 points in the first round on Friday. Triplett opened Saturday night by riding Just Juan for 85 points in Round 2 before being bucked off by Speed Demon in the championship round.

The bulls pitched a shutout in the championship round, though, meaning Triplett’s 2-for-3 performance was enough to win the event.

Triplett left his home state with 80 points toward the world standings and a check for $11.793.92.

Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) finished in second place after turning in his second 85.5-point of the weekend Saturday when he covered Parachute in the second round. He was later bucked off by Wicked Stick in the championship round.

Teel, the No. 13 rider in the world standings, picked up 50 world points and $8,031.54 for the effort.

Jess Lockwood  of Volborg finished the weekend third overall. The 19-year-old rode Dirty Deeds for 85.5 points in the second round before being tossed by Catfish John in the championship round.

Lockwood gained ground on good friend, and No. 3 ranked rider, Derek Kolbaba after netting 30 world points and $4,806.64 for the performance. The Montana native now trails Kolbaba by 130 points in the world standings.

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