CASPER, Wyo. — Otero Junior College's Mason Mardesich finished in 16th place in saddle bronc riding at the College National Finals Rodeo which ended this past Saturday at the Casper Events Center.

Mardesich had two successful rides out of three attempts and he accumulated 137 1/2 points. He was three points short of 12th place, which would have qualified him for Saturday's short go.

He was thrown from his first ride of the rodeo in last Sunday's matinee. Both of his successful rides were on Tuesday. He had a 62-point performance in the slack, which was 15th in the second go. In the Tuesday evening performance, he had a 75 1/2-point ride, which was good for fifth place in the third go.

The Otero Junior College rodeo team will begin the 2017-18 season in September.