LAS VEGAS — Volborg bull rider Jess Lockwood was a man on a mission Saturday night as he picked up the opening-night, round-one victory at the Professional Bull Riders Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals at South Point Arena here.

Amidst one of the tightest world championship races in PBR history, Lockwood secured the round victory with a 91-point ride aboard Night Sweats. The 20-year-old Lockwood — who won the 98-pound State B-C wrestling championship in 2013 while competing for Broadus — earned 80 points toward the PBR world standings with the victory and is currently ranked fifth in the world, only 615 points out of the top spot. 

“Lockwood bobbled at first, stayed calm and didn't lose focus,” said Colby Yates when analyzing the ride on the PBR.com.  

Lockwood started the year by winning the elite series Built Ford Tough season-opening major at Madison Square Garden, and with Saturday night’s round win is off to a very strong start in trying to bookend a championship season. 

PBR world No. 1 bull rider Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) tied for second place with the 2017 National High School Finals Rodeo champion Trey Holston (Ft. Scott, Kansas) with 87.5 points. Kolbaba continued his quest to remain at the top by reaching 8 seconds aboard Ellis 1413, while Holston dominated aboard Coal Face. The pair each earned 40 world standings points.

 The second night of the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals is Sunday at the South Point Arena before riders head into the final day on Monday.

The PBR BFTS World Finals begin Nov. 1 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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