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TACOMA, Wash. — Columbia Falls bull rider Matt Triplett is starting to heat up.

Triplett claimed third place at the Professional Bull Riders Unleash The Beast Tour Tacoma Invitational on Sunday. 

Just one week after returning to the arena from a wrist injury, the 27-year-old scored a second-place finish in round one on Saturday with an 87.75 point ride on Swayze. 

Paired with Pennywise, the Montana cowboy followed with a 87.5-point effort in round two. He led the event entering the championship round, but was bucked off Spotted Demon. 

By placing third, Triplett received a check for $13,150 and 290 world standings points. Over the weekend, Triplett worked his way up the standings from No. 26 in the world to No. 21.

Triplett's performance followed a fifth-place finish at the PBR elite series event in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 24. He was propelled to the fifth-place finish in Kansas City by a first-place ride in the first round.

Cody Teel was the winner in Tacoma. The Texas bull rider earned his first Unleash the Beast Tour event win of the season. He was the only rider to record a 3-for-3 performance.

At the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Casper Classic on Saturday at the Casper Events Center in Wyoming, Keyshawn Whitehorse scored 86 points in the championship round and won his first Velocity Tour event of the year. He won $7,750 to improve to 37th in the world standings.

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