Texas Tech’s wool judging team wins second consecutive title

Davis College has another national championship trophy to add to its case.
Davis College has another national championship trophy to add to its case.(Texas Tech University)
Published: Mar. 18, 2022 at 1:07 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) - Texas Tech University’s Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources has another trophy to add to its case, with the Wool Judging Team claiming its second straight national championship this week in Houston.

Texas Tech sent two teams to the competition in Houston, the Red team and the Black team.

Texas Tech’s Black team finished first overall at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with 2078 total points, beating out rivals Texas A&M White (2054), Texas A&M Maroon (2033) and Angelo State (2015) to claim the title. The 2022 national title is the fifth overall for Texas Tech’s Wool Judging Team. The team also claimed national titles in 1986, 2013 and 2018 before winning back-to-back titles the last two years.

“This team rounded out a dominant spring performance with a decisive victory in Houston,” said Chance Brooks, interim department chair for Davis College’s Department of Animal & Food Sciences. “Winning a national championship is a momentous accomplishment, and the fact that Texas Tech has now claimed back-to-back titles in this arena of competition speaks to the strength of the program and the students in Davis College.”

The Black team finished at the top of the placing/reasons category and third in grading. Texas Tech’s dominance in the placing/reasons category was evident, with all four members of the Black team finishing in the top-10.

Leading the way for Texas Tech was Cole Levien from Junction. Levien finished first in the individual ranking with 707 points and earned the highest score in the placing/reasons category with 404 points.

Another Red Raider, Anna Wyle from Boerne, finished fifth in the individual rankings. Wyle earned 690 overall points while finishing ninth in both the grading and placing/reasons categories.

Kyle Vahlenkamp from Miles finished seventh in placing/reasons and 14th overall with 681 points, while Shelton Luedke from Hondo placed fifth in the placing/reasons category and 15th overall with 680 total points.

Texas Tech also had a standout showing from Nikki Keeton from Wolfforth, who earned a seventh-place individual finish competing for the Red team.

The team is coached by agricultural education graduate student Emily Reiley and animal science undergraduate student Kade Miller.

Other members of the Wool Judging Team are:

  • Reese Richardson from Calallen
  • Erin Catching from Howe
  • Hayden Glass from Tatum, New Mexico

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