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OJC Press Release ID: 2796

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mardesich Wins Back-to-back Regional Titles


The Otero Junior College Rodeo Team competed in their 10th and final rodeo of the year in Laramie, Wyo. on April 27-29. At the completion of the rodeo, Mason Mardesich, Gridley, Calif., was named Central Rocky Mountain Region Saddle Bronc Champion for the second year in a row. Head Rodeo Coach Linsay Rosser-Sumpter was named CRMR Coach of the Year.

Mardesich finished the year with 950 points in the saddle bronc riding competition, which was 210 points ahead of the second place contender. He placed in nine out of 10 regional rodeos, winning first at the Sheridan College Rodeo.

“Mason rode great all year,” Rosser-Sumpter said. “There were four rodeos in the fall, and he did well at every single one, which gave him a pretty good lead from the start. We were all really nervous after he hurt his shoulder in a snowboarding accident over Christmas break, but he came back ready to ride and held his lead through the entire spring semester as well. We are extremely proud of all his accomplishments and will miss Mason next year.”

His regional title also secures his trip to the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo June 8-16 in Casper, Wyo. Mardesich graduated from OJC on May 5, 2018, with an Ag Business Certificate in web Productivity and Utilization. He plans to return to California to work for Mardesich Farms.

OJC Coach Rosser-Sumpter won the title of Coach of the Year for the CRMR for the first time in her 9- year career as a head coach for the Rattlers. She is the first woman to receive the honor from the CRMR. This puts Rosser-Sumpter in the running for national coach of the year for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Also ranked in the regional standings for the men’s team, Kody Aldrich, Westcliffe, Colo., finished sixth in the bull riding. Also finishing sixth in the regional standings was Austin Crist, Rocky Ford, in the team roping. Tyler Beebe, Bayfield, Colo., finished 11 in the saddle bronc riding and Dillion Micheel of Nebraska finished in the top 20 of the bull riding.

Leading the women’s team was second year Mariah Dermody, Eagle, Colo., placing in two events. She was in the top 35 regionally in the breakaway roping and top 20 in the goat tying.

The Rattler Rodeo program will be back to action in the fall starting in September. For more information about the OJC Rodeo team, contact Head Rodeo Coach Linsay Roser-Sumpter at


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Pictured (l-r) Mason Mardesich, Gridley, Calif.; OJC Head Rodeo Coach Linsay Roser-Sumpter. Mardesich was named Central Rocky Mountain Region Saddle Bronc Champion at the teams 10th and final rodeo of the year in Laramie, Wyo.