Iowa Sends Four to Wrangler National Final Rodeo

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AMES, Iowa -- Four Iowa natives have made it to the finals of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It's the equivalent of making it to the  World Series or the NBA Finals for rodeo.

The four include Cole Edge from Humboldt in steer wrestling, Kolin Van Ahn from Sac City in team roping, Wade Sundell of Boxholm in saddle bronc, and Tim O'Connell of Zwingle in bareback riding.

Cole Edge's Mom, Melanie Edge, says she's very proud of her son and all four young men who have made it to the big show of rodeo.  The Wranlger NFR will be telecast each night on the CBS Sports network from Las Vegas starting December 4 and running through the 13.

"His father started him real young at roping, so that's what he started with," said Melanie Edge. He went to Southeastern Oklahoma, where he learned to steer wrestle, which is what he competes at now. "We're very proud of all four of them," said Melanie.

The Edge family operates the Western Edge store in Ames.  The Edges take cowboy boots to the NFR and sell during the day, and attend the rodeo competition at night.

"We'll work during the day, and play in the night and keep my fingers crossed that my son does well," said Melanie.

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