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Taylor Nahrgang, a 2010 Montana Western graduate, said goodbye to his collegiate rodeo career in fashion capturing the national steer wrestling title at the 62nd College National Finals Rodeo. By Wally Feldt [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="187" caption="Taylor Nahrgang"]Taylor Nahrgang[/caption] Montana Western 2010 graduate Taylor Nahrgang said goodbye to his collegiate rodeo career in grand fashion. Nahrgang captured the steer wrestling national championship at the 62nd College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyo. It was a fitting end to a collegiate rodeo career that included a term as student director of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Big Sky Region and a recently concluded term as NIRA’s student president. At last year’s CNFR, Nahrgang hazed for teammate and eventual national champion Wyatt Smith. This year, the Buckeye, Ariz.-native won his own national championship. Nahrgang took his first toward the championship when he captured the best time in the first go. Nahrgang had only the sixth best time on Saturday night, but his 5.2 seconds gave him a total four-head time of 18.1 seconds to clinch the national championship. The Montana Western men’s team finished 29th while the Bulldog women’s team finished 24th. Also competing for Montana Western, Bailie Thompson had the best individual finish in barrel racing with 10th. Reef Mills placed 11th and Smith 13th in steer wrestling. Brent McInerney and Sid Sporer finished 11th in team roping. Smith placed 13th and Ace Mills 18th in saddle bronc riding. Hannah Sharon finished 18th in barrel racing. McInerney placed 17th and Brett Heggie 18th in tie down roping. Kelsie McInerney placed 25th and Megan Crist 39th in breakaway roping. Thompson finished 45th in goat tying and the team of Heggie and Chad Goings placed 4oth in team roping.