Rutkowski makes it a three-peat
Champ battles through rugged Las Vegas Championship to win again
LAS VEGAS – As his voice cracked a little, the emotions showed as Weston Rutkowski closed out his third straight Bullfighters Only world championship.
“This title means a lot because it was an actual race,” said Rutkowski, who matched moves with Rockin’ B & Magnifica’s Unicorn for 85.5 points to win the Hooey Championship Round and the Bullfighters Only Las Vegas Championship at the Tropicana Las Vegas. “In years past, guys haven’t really had a shot, but this year, there were five guys that had a legitimate shot heading into today.
“When we got to the short round, any guy that won would win the world.”
It wasn’t without controversy. Rutkowski advanced to the final round after he outscored another BFO pioneer, Ross Hill 85 - 84.5.
Judge Andy Lott had Hill winning the round, scoring both Hill and the bull 21.5 points for 43 points. Lott scored Rutkowski 21.5 and his bull 21, which provided Hill with a half-point advantage.
The other judge, Rowdy Barry, scored Hill’s fight 21.5 on a 21-point bull; he marked Rutkowski’s fight 22 on a 21.5 bull. That was enough to allow the champ to advance. READ MORE...
Schueth closes out stellar year
Nebraskan wins two major titles, finishes as BFO’s reserve champion
LAS VEGAS – Beau Schueth has had a fantastic year as a freestyle bullfighter.
It all culminated in a whirlwind finish for him during the Bullfighters Only Las Vegas Championship at the Tropicana Las Vegas. A week and a half ago, he took the Roughy Cup and the Wrangler Bullfight Tour titles en route to his personal best finals.
“This is probably the most consistent I’ve been all year, and I was able to put on five really good bullfights,” said Schueth of O’Neill, Neb. “I just stumbled and got the crap beat out of me on the last one. It’s the best I’ve fought in a long time.”
He finished the season as the reserve world champion, finishing second on the final day of the season behind three-time titleist Weston Rutkowski of Haskell, Texas. Schueth earned $39,960 in the BFO this season.
Even though there were great fights, there were some viewers who thought the judges may have made a few bad decisions. Schueth never saw it that way.
“I thought they did a great job,” he said. “Judged sports are so tough, and I thought they handled it good and did a great job.
“It’s just like anything: People are going to go after the refs. I know I did when I played basketball, because they called fouls on me all the time.” READ MORE...