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Daylon Swearingen Sails to Top of World Standings with Win at PBR Pluto TV Invitational in Los Angeles

Following brutal injury in Oklahoma City on Feb. 11, Swearingen wins two premier series events in four days

Daylon Swearingen

LOS ANGELES – By taking the event buckle at the one-night PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast (UTB) midweek stop in Los Angeles tonight, Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) has won two premier series events in the past four days, rocketing to the world No. 1 position.

And if that’s not enough of a rare distinction in America’s original extreme sport, Swearingen won these events after a bull smashed in his helmet and he was knocked out cold and backboarded from the arena in Oklahoma City on Friday, Feb. 11.

Swearingen began the rare Tuesday night PBR event as the No. 2 cowboy in the world standings and delivered a perfect 2-for-2 performance in Los Angeles, winning the PBR Pluto Invitational on Tuesday night and launching to the top of the PBR’s world standings.

Just one week after collecting his first event win of the 2022 UTB season in St. Louis, the 22-year-old New Yorker was still on fire as he blasted from the chutes in Round 1 aboard Lights Out (Diamond Bar Cattle/ Premier Ag) for 89.25 points.

After securing his spot in the championship round, Swearingen selected Nasty Wishes (Culp Bucking Bulls/ Diamond J) as his matchup in the final round.

As the second-to-last rider of the night, Swearingen had the crowd inside of Arena at full volume as he was in complete control.

His 91.25-point score, the highest of the event, unleashed a deafening roar from fans and his fellow opponents alike as he clinched the win. 
While only one other rider, Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington), went 2-for-2 on Tuesday night, Swearingen reigned supreme with an aggregate score of 180.5 points. He collected 137 world points and a check for $53,616.50.

Swearingen’s new hold on the No. 1 spot in the world standings pushed veteran Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) 75.66 points behind him to the No. 2 spot. Vieira’s night in California did not go as planned after Slice of Heaven (Paradigm Bull Co/Rockin T Ranch) bucked him off after just 4.83 seconds in Round 1.

For video highlights of Round 1 and the championship round, including Swearingen’s winning ride, courtesy PBR, click here.

Kolbaba also made his mark in Los Angeles as the only other man riding both his bulls for a second-place finish. The runner-up spot earned him $23,462.50 and 76.5 world points, vaulting Kolbaba to the No. 17 spot in the world standings after coming into California at No. 36.

Early on Tuesday evening, Kolbaba was paired with Ranch Water (Paradigm Bull Co/ D’Anna & Lance Waller) for Round 1. His 85.75-point score paved his way to the championship round.
Kolbaba then chose Marquis Metal Works Coriolis Effect (Paradigm Bull Co/ Marquis Metal Works) in the championship round, riding him for a solid 88.5 points.
Stetson Lawrence (Williston, North Dakota) captured third place despite a major setback when his bull rope broke just before the championship round.

Earlier in the night, the North Dakota man was paired with @PBR on TikTok (Paradigm Bull Co/ Lansman Land & Cattle) in Round 1, collecting an 88.25-point score and greenlighting his ticket into the championship round.

The 33-year-old then chose Marquis Metal Works Red Clark (Paradigm Bull Co/ Wentz) for the final round. What started as a crowd-pleasing ride as the chutes opened came to an end quite quickly as he hit the ground hard after 2.11 seconds.

Lawrence collected 54 world points and $13,346 for his 1-for-2 performance, maintaining his hold on the No. 4 spot in the world standings.

Paired with Cali’s Dream (Diamond Bar Cattle/Premier Ag) in Round 1, Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) launched from the chutes with dirt flying for an 87.75-point score.

The talented young Brazilian then selected Blackfoot Nation (Paradigm Bull Co/ Flying High Rodeo Co.) for the championship round knowing he needed to catapult himself up the leaderboard. Despite being bucked off after just 4.07 seconds, Aparecido still collected a fourth-place finish.

He now holds the No. 30 spot in the world standings, climbing from No. 45 after collecting 38 world points and a check for $7,615 for his 1-for-2 weekend.

Young gun Clayton Sellars (Fruitland Park, Florida) rounded out the Top 5 of the night also with a 1-for2 performance.

Sellars was paired with Longmire (Wentz Bucking Bulls) in Round 1, recording 87.5 points. In the championship round, his selection of Jasper (Paradigm Bull Co) had the crowd cheering, but the out ended after just 3.77 seconds.

Despite Sellars’s lackluster Tuesday night conclusion, he earned 33 world points to move from No. 35 in the world standings to No. 26.

Reigning PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil), who now sits at No. 9 in the world standings, split a sixth-place finish with Texan Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas). Both riders conquered their bulls in the opening round but, despite a lot of love and try, neither successfully rode in the championship round.  Mitchell is now No. 38 in the world standings.

In the bullpen, Young Man’s Blues (Paradigm/ Parker McCollum/Lockwood) was anointed the YETI “Built for The Wild” Bull of the Event. The magnificent animal athlete was marked an event-best 45.5 points in the championship round when he tossed Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) in 3.3 seconds.

PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer re-airs and on-demand replays of every PBR Unleash The Beast event. PBR RidePass is available on desktops, laptops and mobile devices via Tune to channel 720 for the latest programming schedule.

The PBR Unleash The Beast next travels to Little Rock, Arkansas, and Simmons Bank Arena for the PBR Bad Boy Mowers Mowdown, on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7:45 p.m. CST and Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6:45 p.m. CST.

PBR Unleash The Beast – PBR Pluto Invitational -Los Angeles, California  
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Daylon Swearingen, 89.25-91.25-180.50-137 Points.
2. Derek Kolbaba, 85.75-88.5-174.25-76.5 Points.
3. Stetson Lawrence, 88.25-0-88.25-54 Points.
4. Eduardo Aparecido, 87.75-0-87.75-38 Points.
5. Clayton Sellars, 87.5-0-87.50-33 Points.
6. Jose Vitor Leme, 86.75-0-86.75-23.5 Points.
(tie). Ezekiel Mitchell, 86.75-0-86.75-23.5 Points.
8. Eli Vastbinder, 86.25-0-86.25-17 Points.
(tie). Bob Mitchell, 86.25-0-86.25-17 Points.
10. Austin Richardson, 86-0-86.00-12 Points.
(tie). Mason Taylor, 86-0-86.00-12 Points.
12. Marcelo Procopio Pereira, 85.75-0-85.75-8.5 Points.
13. Dalton Kasel, 85-0-85.00-8 Points.
(tie). Jesse Petri, 85-0-85.00-8 Points.
15. Dakota Louis, 84.75-0-84.75-8 Points.
16. Dener Barbosa, 84.5-0-84.50-8 Points.
17. Kaique Pacheco, 83.75-0-83.75-8 Points.
18. Claudio Montanha Jr., 82.75-0-82.75-8 Points.
19. Francisco Morales, 82-0-82.00-8 Points.
João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0.00
Kyler Oliver, 0-0-0.00
Mauricio Gulla Moreira, 0-0-0.00
Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0.00
Cody Teel, 0-0-0.00
Marco Eguchi, 0-0-0.00
Chase Dougherty, 0-0-0.00
Rafael Henrique dos Santos, 0-0-0.00
Andrew Alvidrez, 0-0-0.00
Ramon de Lima, 0-0-0.00
Brady Oleson, 0-0-0.00
Marcos Gloria, 0-0-0.00
João Henrique Lucas, 0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0.00
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0-0.00
Cladson Rodolfo, 0-0-0.00