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UT Martin Mourns Passing of Rodeo Student-Athlete Wyatt Cole


By Ryne Rickman

The University of Tennessee at Martin athletics department is saddened to announce that Wyatt Cole, a rodeo student-athlete, passed away on Sunday evening February 10, 2019. He was 20 years old.

Cole was majoring in agricultural business during his sophomore season as a UT Martin cowboy. Before attending UT Martin, he graduated from Owen County High School in his hometown of Owenton, Ky.

 “Wyatt was a super good kid with a great attitude,” UT Martin head rodeo coach John Luthi said. “He had a hard work ethic and came from a great family. Our prayers go out to his family – he will be missed.”

Cole advanced to the finals of three collegiate rodeos during the 2018-19 season, representing UT Martin in team roping at Missouri Valley College (Sept. 20-22) and in steer wrestling at both Three Rivers College (Oct. 11-13) and at Murray State (Nov. 15-17). He accumulated team points in each of his steer wrestling performances, including a career-best third-place finish in average (13.6 seconds) at Murray State.

Cole died as the result of a fatal car crash on Sunday evening. The accident occurred around 9 p.m. on Mt. Pelia Road outside of Martin.

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