Missouri Thunder Select 2020 PRCA Rookie of the Year Colten Fritzlan with First Pick
The Missouri Thunder went with youth for their first pick of the PBR Team Series Draft. The Thunder had the fifth overall pick and selected 2020 PRCA Rookie of the Year Colten Fritzlan. General Manager Randy Bernard told PBR.com he was thrilled with the way their draft shook out.
“The past three days they teamed up to review potential picks, make notes and present to me. Today went almost exactly as we anticipated. We were able to draft everyone we wanted and also landed Cody Teel, who we didn’t think would be available. Bass Pro’s Missouri Thunder is in a really good place heading into the season.”
Here is a look at the Missouri Thunder Roster.
1. Colten Fritzlan
Fritzlan burst onto the scene in 2020, winning the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year award and finishing the season third in the World Standings. Fritzlan shifted his focus to the PBR in 2021 and the young gun showed he belonged. He would finish 29th in the world with five Top 10 finishes that year. In 2022 Fritzlan finished 49th in the world.
2. Clayton Sellars
Sellars is another young star who found footing in the PRCA. He has qualified for the NFR three times, including a career-best 6th-place finish in 2021. Sellars was impressive in the PBR this season with eight Top 10 finishes. In the PRCA, Sellars averaged 82 points per ride in 2021 and rode 50 percent of his bulls.
3. Cody Teel
GM Randy Bernard admitted he was surprised they got Teel, who finished the season 28th in the PBR World Standings. Teel has been a mainstay at the top of the standings over the last handful of years. He has finished inside the Top 20 five times since 2017 with a career-best third place finish in 2018. Teel didn’t get to the top of the leaderboard at any PBR event this year but did finish with four Top 10 results and one 90-point ride.
4. Andrew Alvidrez
Alvidrez is nothing if not consistent. He has finished 26th in the world for three consecutive seasons. This year he rode just 21 percent of his bulls, but when he did ride he was earning money. While he didn’t get any wins on the season he had a 90-point ride and four Top 10 finishes.
5. Jesse Petri
Petri had a career year in 2021 after finishing 17th in the world. However, 2022 was not as kind to the 24-year-old cowboy. Petri finished 63rd in the world after riding just 20 percent of his bulls on the year.