ARLINGTON, Texas — For the second time in his career, Ty Erickson is a $100,000 winner.
The 28-year-old Helena cowboy won the steer wrestling at The American rodeo at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.
Erickson won the final four shootout round with a time of 4.2 seconds. Hunter Cure of Texas was second in 4.3 seconds.
Erickson also won the steer wrestling at The American in 2016. He also won the round of eight with a time of 4.33 seconds.
This year, the high-paying rodeo is sanctioned by the PRCA with the money won counting in the world standings.
Erickson, a five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2014-18) opened his 2019 by winning the steer wrestling at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver.
He was seventh in the final 2018 PRCA world standings, surpassing $1 million in career earnings.
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Other event winners were: Orin Larsen, bareback; Ryder Wright, saddle bronc; Joao Ricardo Vieira, bull riding; Caleb Smidt, tie-down roping; Coleman Proctor and Ryan Motes, team roping; Hailey Kinsel, barrel racing; Madison Outhier, breakaway roping.
Vieira, Proctor and Motes came through the qualifying rounds to split a $1 million dollar bonus, each earning $333,333. Kinsel, who spent some of her summer in Montana last year, also won The American barrel racing title in 2017. She is the reigning WPRA world champion. She is from Cotulla, Texas.
Larsen is the first The American winner from Canada.
Based on their final PRCA world standings for 2018, Parker Breding of Edgar (bull riding), Deer Lodge's Chase Brooks (saddle bronc) and Bridger Chambers of Butte (steer wrestling) also competed on Sunday. None advanced to the final four.
Three-time world champion Clay Tryan of Billings and partner McCoy Profili of Anderson, Texas, went through the qualifying rounds to reach Sunday's team roping but did not advance.
Haven Meged of Miles City also advanced through the semifinals in tie-down roping but took a no time on Sunday. Meged recently placed third at San Antonio.