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College’s Ty McCall lands on a steer during the steer wresting event during the WWCC Riding Against Child Abuse College Rodeo on March 11 in Walla Walla.

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Warriors ready to wrangle at college rodeo nationals

This year’s trip to the College National Finals is the seventh in the past eight years for WWCC men’s team.

In his seven previous seasons as rodeo coach at Walla Walla Community College, Buster Barton's men's team has wrangled six trips to the College National Finals and finished in the top 10 nationally each and every time. The high-water mark, of course, was in 2008 when the Walla Wallans won the national championship. That team was led by bareback rider Steven Peebles, who has since qualified twice for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals and is currently ranked 26th in the PRCA bareback standings with 2012 earnings just south of $10,000.

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