Capping Bulldog career in style

Submitted photoNew Waverly cowboy Luke Yargo grabs a hold of his steer's horns and tries to wrestle the animal to the ground during the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyo., last month. Yargo had the third-best time and finished second in the steer wrestling average as he helped Texas win the national high school rodeo championship.

Whether it was playing football or wrestling, Luke Yargo left an indelible mark on the New Waverly Bulldogs’ athletic program.

Turns out, those wrestling skills paid off in the rodeo arena as well

Yargo, who was a top-eight finisher in the UIL Wrestling State Tournament earlier this year, turned in arguably his finest performance last month at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming, posting in the third-best steer wrestling go-round time and finishing second in the average in the event at CAM-PLEX Event Facility.

“The high school rodeo went very well,” Yargo said. “It was pretty neat to be there.”

Yargo had the second-best steer wrestling average of 12.81 through all three rounds, plus his time of 4.41 seconds in the championship go-round netted him a third-place finish at the event that was held July 17-23.

“I was really proud of that. It was the best runs I’ve ever made in my life,” Yargo said. 

“I had high expectations. I knew I could do it, but putting all of the pieces together really made it special. I couldn’t have done it without all the people that have helped me along the way.”

Yargo’s performances also helped the Texas team win the boys team title, as well as the all-around championship.

Yargo, who is just in his third year of steer wrestling, was also one of four New Waverly High School students awarded with a $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship by the National FFA Organization earlier this summer. 

Also winning scholarships from New Waverly were Kathryn Giese, Haily Hooks and Tacy Webb.

Now, Yargo will be attending Texas A&M and major in animal science.

Gene Schallenberg is the Sports Editor for The Huntsville Item.