DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — The College National Finals Rodeo competition starts next month in Casper, Wyoming.

"We are most ready to win," said Southeast Oklahoma State University Rodeo Team coach Christi Braudrick. "I can't wait to see what they do there."

Gus Franzen is one of seven SOSU students to qualify for the Nationals. He's been swinging rope for as long as he can remember. 

"I'm a first generation rodeo cowboy," Franzen said. "I grew up with a ranch background. My family has a small ranch in Nebraska, and I started competing in rodeos in junior high."

His competitive nature is what drove him to rodeo. 

"I was trying to further my rodeo career. I knew that if I want to take this serious, I had to move close to the competition," Franzen said.

He has qualified for Nationals all four years he's been at Southeastern.

"It's an adrenaline rush. It is a fast-paced event," the steer-wrestler said. "Usually long three-second, short four-second run to win... so, it happens fast."

The SOSU Rodeo team heads to Nationals hoping to bring home home their first team title since 1996.

"We have gotten close," Braudrick said. "We would love to win a national championship with them. We think they have the potential to do that."

Franzen and his squad believe this is the year they bring home the shiny buckle. 

"We don't practice for second place," he said.

The College National Finals Rodeo starts on June 11 and continues through June 19.

"This crew likes to practice, and it shows," Braudrick said. "When you have to run them out of the practice facility, you expect great things to come from them."