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Tyler Waguespack receives honor from local community

by Tracy Renck | Jan 31, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tyler Waguespack won his second PRCA steer wrestling world championship Dec. 15 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

A prestigious honor that didn’t go unnoticed by his local community.

Waguespack graduated from East Ascension (La.) High School, and Ascension Parish president Kenny Matassa proclaimed Jan. 28, 2019, as “Tyler Waguespack Day” in Ascension Parish and has named him as an Ascension Parish Ambassador.

“It was cool,” Waguespack said. “I wasn’t really expecting it and I didn’t know at all they were going to have “Tyler Waguespack Day. That was cool.”

According to the proclamation, Waguespack is a native of Ascension Parish. He was born Dec. 19, 1990, in Gonzales, La., to Michael and Vicki Waguespack, who taught him the art of rodeo and steer wrestling.

“Back where I live in Louisiana, rodeo isn’t very big like it is as you get further out West,” Waguespack said. “I thought it was great to get the word out about rodeo in my area because other than me and my wife (Sarah, a barrel racer) there’s really no one else who rodeos on the professional level.”

Gonzales, La., is 20 miles south of Baton Rouge and 30 miles north of New Orleans.

Waguespack won his 2018 world championship by earning $260,013, pocketing $180,429 of that at the Wrangler NFR, the most of any steer wrestler.

Waguespack won the average and the world championship, just like he did in 2016.

“Absolutely,” said Waguespack about whether his second world championship and Wrangler NFR title sunk in. “Christmas was great at home.”

Now, Waguespack is chasing a third world crown.

“We never really stop,” he said. “It would be outstanding (to win a third world championship), but we compete against all the best guys in the world and it could easily be their year. We’re going to try and do the best we can on whatever we draw and hope for the best in the end. We’re going to have fun while we are doing it.”

Waguespack was third in the Jan. 28 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $13,027.

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