World Champion Wade Sundell

Wade Sundell competing in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December. - PRCA ProRodeo photo by James Phifer

“It’s hard to explain the excitement,” said Wade’s father Doug Sundell after it was announced his son had won the world championship. “He’s been reserve champion a couple times and placed third once. It came down to the tenth round and he was just about the last horse coming out. We knew it was close.”

Boxholm native Wade Sundell won round five and tied for first in round 7, placing in 8 out of the 10 rounds last month in Las Vegas. Although he did not finish in first place at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Dec. 6-15 he scored well enough.

His accumulated earnings of $280,636.28 for the year put him at the top in the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) world standings. This was Wade’s eighth year competing in the NFR. His initial appearance was in 2009. After taking the past two years off, he made the most of his return to Las Vegas in 2018.

Sundell, who makes his home on a ranch in Coleman, Oklahoma with his girlfriend Shelby and their one-year-old son Rankan, not only brought home the cash but would add another belt buckle and saddle to his collection of winnings, which are mounting up. In 2016 the saddle bronc rider amassed over $1.1 million after winning the Triple Crown at The American Rodeo in Arlington, Texas.

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