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Jul 29, 2012 12:44 AM by Casey Conlon - Q2 Sports

2-time NFR team roping qualifier found dead at 25

CHEYENNE, WY - The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is deeply saddened to confirm the sudden passing of one of its bright, young stars, two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo team roper Broc Cresta. Cresta, 25, was found dead this morning of unknown causes in his living quarters trailer at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo.

Cresta, the 2007 PRCA/Resistol Rookie Heeler of the Year, roped at the last two NFRs. He and reigning World Champion Header Turtle Powell placed in five of 10 rounds at the 2010 NFR. Cresta heeled for boyhood buddy Spencer Mitchell at last December's NFR, and after placing in three rounds the lifelong team saved their best for last by sharing the 3.6-second round-10 win with Chad Masters and Jade Corkill.

Cresta, who called Petaluma, Calif., home, is currently ranked 12th in the world team roping heeling standings. Among his many career highlights was the win at the Daddy of 'em All in Cheyenne with Logan Olson in 2008.

"The whole rodeo world is in shock," said PRCA Director of Communications Kendra Santos. "My phone's been ringing off the wall all day with calls from Hall of Famers on down to little kids. Broc's a fourth-generation cowboy in California, and everybody loves him. It's hard enough to lose a good cowboy when he's 90, but losing such a talented and genuinely good person at 25 is just about impossible. Our hearts are with Broc's family and friends. The entire rodeo family hurts right now."

More on the untimely passing of Broc Cresta will be posted on ProRodeo.com as additional information becomes available.

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