Ariat Texas Rattlers Fall by One Ride Score to Oklahoma Freedom in Opening Night of PBR Team Series Competition in Anaheim, California

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Ariat Texas Rattlers: 86
Oklahoma Freedom: 174.75

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Sandwiching the five outs with qualified rides from a veteran and a newcomer, the Oklahoma Freedom won their second game of the 2022 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series season on Friday night by upsetting the Ariat Texas Rattlers, 174.75-86.

The Freedom’s rides in the first and fifth frames were recorded by second-round draft pick Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) and teammate Casey Roberts (Munford, Alabama). After a game-opening buck off by the Rattlers’ Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona), Kolbaba matched up with Navajo Joe (M Rafter E Bucking Bills/T-Ray Bulls) for an 87.75-point, game-high score.

With the scoreboard remaining unchanged throughout the second, third and fourth frames, the Rattlers’ Brady Oleson (Blackfoot, Idaho) and Freedom’s Roberts were locked into potentially game-defining outs. First to leave the chutes was Oleson, making his debut for the Rattlers following an injury, matched up Wild Goose (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls). In a must-ride situation, the 26-year-old rider kept his team from a no-score night, showing incredible effort in hanging onto the powerful animal athlete for 86 points.

However, the gutsy ride fell 1.75 points short of tying the game. Matched up with Not Today (Nancy Haverty/ Clay Stuve/ Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger) by Head Coach Cord McCoy, 20-year-old Roberts delivered an 87-point score to add to the Freedom’s margin of victory against the Rattlers, cementing a 174.75-86 final. The Oklahoma Freedom (2-4) will look to continue their momentum Saturday when they take on the Nashville Stampede (2-4), while the Ariat Texas Rattlers (1-5) will look to make up lost ground, when they face the Arizona Ridge Riders (4-2). The PBR Team Series event in Anaheim, California, concludes Saturday, August 13 at 6:45 p.m. PT. Footage provided by @PBR


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