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Ronan man competes in college national finals rodeo

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Once again, the Mission Valley produced an incredible rodeo hand in Levi Guenzler.

The 63rd annual College National Finals Rodeo took place in Casper, Wyo., this past week. Guenzler brought home fifth place in steer wrestling out of more than 40 competitors.

“It’s pretty cool,” Guenzler said. “I mean, everyone wants the chance to get down there.”

Guenzler is a senior at Montana State University studying animal science. His rodeo coach, Mike True, said Guenzler has a ton of ability and is one of the strongest hands he’s ever seen.

“For a guy who doesn’t rodeo much, he’s got an unreal ability to win,” True said. “Most of the time that comes with a lot of experience, he’s had a pretty good career here.”

Guenzler’s parents said this achievement proves that if you work hard and try hard, you can accomplish anything.

“His mom and I are real proud. If you have the desire, you can get it accomplished, and that’s what he did,” Paul Guenzler said.

Paul Guenzler’s statement seems to be a family creed of sorts. Levi’s sister, Sarah, went to Nationals for goat tying while attending MSU.

“The Guenzlers have done a great job here. Great kids, great family,” True said.

Each year, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association hosts the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper. The NIRA boasts 3,500 student members annually representing 137 schools in 11 districts through 100 college rodeos.

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