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PBR Unleash the Beast wraps up with Meloncon second for Rookie of the Year


We have reported a lot on a local man who is one of America’s top bull rider’s and, as a rookie, is in the running for the prestigious honor of “Rookie of the year”. The PBR, or Professional Bull Riders organization, has just wrapped up the PBR World Finals in Arlington at A T & T stadium and Cole Meloncon of Daisetta finished 4th overall, earning just over $94,000 for his super effort. The money won is very important because entrance into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is based on each contestants earnings in 2020. But there is more to this story. Starting Sunday’s competition in first place for rookie of the year, Cole ultimately came in second in that category. He was nudged out of the top spot by the eventual all around winner. Competing at his first-ever PBR World Finals, Meloncon’s fellow Texan, Boudreaux Campbell of Crockett, delivered a near perfect 4-for-5 performance at AT&T Stadium, to win, what’s called, the 2020 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast, event title for Rookie of the Year. That clinched the 2020 PBR Rookie of the Year honor for Boudreaux Campbell and moving him to No. 3 in the world. Beginning the PBR finals he was No. 33 in the world, Campbell began his surge up the standings when he rode the bull: Heartbreak Kid for an 88 point score in Round 1 Thursday night. The Texas native then scored high on a bull called Bullseye in Round 2 of the event, once again reaching the required 8 second ride, this time for a score of 89.25 points. Then Campbell recorded the second 90-point ride of his Unleash The Beast career, and his first-at the PBR World Finals, on a beast called: Safety Meeting, for another commanding 90 points in Round 4. Including the $300,000 World Finals event winner bonus, Campbell netted a check, last weekend, for $368,500 as well as 710 world points. Talk about being red hot, Campbell surged 30 positions in the world standings to conclude his first season with the PBR to No. 3 in the world, 722.34 points behind the PBR World Champion, Jose Vitor Leme( le-me). In blazing a path to the “Rookie of the Year” honor, Boudreaux Campbell overtook fellow Texan, and Liberty County native, Cole Melancon, for the title. Melancon finished the PBR season amongst first-year professionals in second place still not bad with a weekend payday of $94,000



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