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Saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy, of Corona, N.M., holds on during his ride Thursday night at LO Ranch Arena, during the second night of the 76th annual Lawton Rangers Rodeo. Action continues tonight, when fans are urged to wear pink to support the fight on cancer. For each ticket sold, $1 will go toward the Leah Fitch Cancer Center at Comanche Memorial Hospital.Steer wrestler Kyle Irwin, a former Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo athlete, looks for a good score Thursday night at LO Ranch Arena during the second night of Lawton Rangers Rodeo.Tie-down roper Cody Ohl, of Hico, Texas, nears the end of his run Thursday night at LO Ranch Arena. Ohl, who spent part of the summer nursing injuries and caught a flight to Lawton early this morning, posted a 7.8 time.

Getting things done in nick of time

Ohl shines after summer injuries, dash to Lawton

Cody Ohl may be a five-time tie-down roping world champion but like so many rodeo cowboys, these days in addition to competing, he's raising bucking bulls.

But, it wasn't a bucking bull that caused him problems earlier this summer, it was an angry cow protecting a calf who hooked him in a tight corner of a corral, broke a couple of bones and knocked him out of the saddle.

Last night, however, he sure didn't show any signs of the injury as he jumped into command in the roping with a time of 7.8 as the action really picked up in the 76th Annual Lawton Rangers Professional Rodeo at the LO Ranch Arena.

The third performance will begin tonight at 7:30 and it will be Pink Night where $1 from every ticket will go to cancer research.

For Ohl, the summer injury is part of being a cowboy.

"It was just one of those things, an old cow hooked me, and it wasn't fun," the veteran cowboy said before the rodeo. "Those things seem to happen in this business."

Ohl actually woke up in the Pacific Time Zone at Hermiston, Ore., but he hopped on a private plane and zoomed to Lawton where his famous roping horse Pearl had been positioned by one of his drivers.

He mounted that great horse and made a near-perfect run.

"I've heard the calves were good, so I gambled and flew down," Ohl said. "This rodeo has been good to me over the years."

And while Ohl has set a high standard for the rest of the ropers to match, there are some great ones still to go, including the greatest all-around cowboy of modern times, Trevor Brazile, the 11-time all-around world champion. Since he took over command of the all-around race, he's missed the title once  in 2005 when Comanche's Ryan Jarrett claimed the title. 

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