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Dean Gorsuch

Events: Steer Wrestling
Born: 8/31/1979 Mullen, Neb.
Joined PRCA: 2002
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,349,048.00
World Titles Won: 2 (2006, 2010)
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 8 (2005-06, 2008-13)
Current Residence: Gering, Neb.

2017 world standings place: 307th
2017 earnings: $1,560
Wrangler NFR average titles: 2 (2006, 2010)
Tour Finale titles: 2
   Championship: 2006, 2008 
Tour Finale qualifications: 9 
   Winter: 2005-06 
   Championship: 2005-06, 2008, 2010-13 
RNCFR qualification: 2 (2005, 2010)
Education: Eastern Wyoming College (Torrington), degree in pipeline welding

Career Highlights
• 2016: Finished 20th in the world standings with $53,407. Won the Crazy Horse (S.D.) Stampede Rodeo, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.), the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo and the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo (Hill City, Kan.) 
• 2015: Won the Magic Valley Stampede (Filer, Idaho), the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo (Hill City, Kan.). Finished 41st in the world standings with $23,524
• 2014: Won the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver, Colo.) and the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.). Finished 43rd in the world standings with $27,996
• 2013: Won Round 4 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 3.1 seconds and Round 6 in 3.2; placed in four other rounds. Won the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); the Flint Hills Rodeo (Strong City, Kan.) and the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.). Finished seventh in the world standings with $135,189
• 2012: Placed in four rounds of the Wrangler NFR on his way to finishing sixth in the average standings and fifth in the world with total earnings of $139,036. Won the Black Hills Round-Up (Belle Fourche, S.D.); Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg, Kan.); the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup; the Mandan (N.D.) Rodeo Days; the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede Rodeo
• 2011: Placed in five rounds of the Wrangler NFR. Won the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.); the Will Rogers Stampede (Claremore, Okla.); the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo and the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.). Co-champion at the Bennington (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo. Finished fifth in the world standings with $141,857
• 2010: Placed in six of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR, including a tie with Curtis Cassidy for the win in Round 9. Shared the average title with Billy Bugenig, each posting a time of 45.7 seconds on 10 head; it was the first tie for the average in NFR steer wrestling history. It was his second average title and second gold buckle, finishing with $186,477. Won the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.); the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo; the Wainwright (Alberta) Stampede; the Flint Hills Rodeo (Strong City, Kan.) and the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo; co-champion of the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo
• 2009: Earned checks in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR, including a tie for first place in Round 10 with a time of 3.4 seconds. Won the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo; the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.); the Flint Hills Rodeo (Strong City, Kan.); the Kaw Valley Rodeo (Manhattan, Kan.); the Freedom (Okla.) Rodeo & Old Cowhands Reunion; co-champion at the Elk City (Okla.) Rodeo of Champions and the Strawberry Days Rodeo (Pleasant Grove, Utah). Finished seventh in the world standings with earnings of $109,114
• 2008: Won Round 3 of the Wrangler NFR with a time of 3.5 seconds, Round 4 in 3.7 seconds and shared the win in Round 9 in 3.4, using his strong performance in Las Vegas to rise from fourth place to second in the final PRCA World Standings with $171,130. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship (Dallas); the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo; the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo; the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Kennewick, Wash.); the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup
• 2007: Won the average title at the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; finished 50th in the world standings with $20,059
• 2006: Finished the year as the regular-season earnings leader with $111,059 and became the world champion at the Wrangler NFR, placing in five of 10 rounds and winning the average title with a time of 47.8 seconds on 10 head. He won the fifth round after stopping the clock in 3.9 seconds. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship (Dallas); RodeoHouston, the Livingston (Mont.) Round-Up and the Oakley (Utah) Independence Day Rodeo; co-champion at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup and the Coors ProRodeo (Gillette, Wyo.)
• 2005: Qualified for the Tour Championships after Lee Graves pulled out to compete in the Canadian Finals Rodeo; won the Magic Valley Stampede (Filer, Idaho), the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo (Coeur D’Alene), the XIT Rodeo and Reunion (Dalhart, Texas) and the Sheridan WYO Rodeo; won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at RodeoHouston and placed in five of 10 rounds at his first Wrangler NFR. Finished sixth in the world with $118,944
• 2004: Won the Home of Champions (Red Lodge, Mont.) and the Ram Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo (Denver)

6-2, 240 … Wife, Bekah, is manager of a Hampton Inn; sons, Taydon, Trell, and Teagan … Enjoys playing all sports and spending time with his family … Worked as a pipeline welder for Kinder-Morgan, a gas company, for five years until his breakthrough effort at the 2005 RodeoHouston. He then became a full-time steer wrestler … Got involved in rodeo through his dad, Marvin, who works for Burlington Northern Railroad. His mother is Connie Pottenbarger. He has two sisters and a brother … He is a third-generation steer wrestler … Graduated from high school in Alliance, Neb … Favorite rodeo is Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, favorite meal is Mexican food and he listens to all types of music. Enjoys playing cards while on the road … Rodeo idol is Troy Pruitt … Helped build and promote a Habitat for Humanity home at the Puyallup (Wash.) Fair while competing in the Justin Boots Playoffs … His great horse Pump Jack died Jan. 5, 2012 after suffering a shattered pastern bone during a practice session in Gering, Neb.; primary competition horse now is Skip (11 years old)
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