Linemen and Apprentices Showcase Skills at SCE’s Lineman’s Rodeo

The top winners will head to the International Lineman’s Rodeo competition in Kansas, Oct. 10-13.

2018 SCE Lineman's Rodeo Journeyman Team Results
2018 SCE Lineman's Rodeo Apprentice Results
2018 SCE Lineman's Rodeo Groundman Results

Since the 1980s, the top utility linemen and apprentices from around the world have headed to Kansas each year to compete in the International Lineman’s Rodeo.

But to get there, linemen and apprentices must first compete in local lineman rodeos and place high enough to qualify for the international competition in October.

Southern California Edison’s elite competitors and several from other utilities took part in various drills on June 2 at the company’s Lineman’s Rodeo and picnic to test their individual and team skills. The top winners will now head to Overland, Kansas Oct. 10-13 to compete for the top prizes.

Below is a list of winners from SCE’s Lineman’s Rodeo in various categories.

For more information on lineman jobs at SCE: edison.com/careers

SCE Lineman's Rodeo

Photo: Carollyn Nguyen

Full List of SCE Lineman’s Rodeo Winners (All teams SCE unless otherwise identified)

Journeyman Overall Winners

  • First Place: Richard Lopez, Bryan Casas and Marcos Hernandez         
  • Second Place: Chris Podergois, Cody Cessna and Jason Jones
  • Third Place: Ryan Araujo, Eric Brusseau and George Murillo

Journeyman Mystery Event: 4KV Fuseholder Change-Out

  • First Place: Wil Robinson, Jacob Lybbert and Ramon Garcia
  • Second Place: Chris Podergois, Cody Cessna and Jason Jones
  • Third Place: Ryan Araujo, Eric Brusseau and George Murillo

Journeyman Top (Hot) Tie

  • First Place: Richard Lopez, Bryan Casas and Marcos Hernandez
  • Second Place: Enoc Verdin, Jake Difiore and Daniel Jameson (Sturgeon)
  • Third Place: Chris Podergois, Cody Cessna and Jason Jones

Journeyman Pole Climb:

  • First Place: Richard Lopez, Bryan Casas and Marcos Hernandez
  • Second Place: Wil Robinson, Jacob Lybbert and Ramon Garcia
  • Third Place: Henry Calero-Garay, Edgar Castillo and Eric Giandalia

Journeyman Hurtman Rescue:

  • First Place: Ryan Araujo, Eric Brusseau and George Murillo
  • Second Place: Alex Plascencia, Phil Sonoqui Jr. and Ray Delgado
  • Third Place: Chris Podergois, Cody Cessna and Jason Jones

Senior Team Overall Winner:  Steve Lekvold, Bryan Lee and Oscar Perez

SCE Lineman's Rodeo

Photo: Carollyn Nguyen

Apprentice Overall Winners

  • First Place: Michael Gossett
  • Second Place: Christopher Espinoza
  • Third Place: Eric Danna

Apprentice Mystery Event: Lightning Arrestor Change-Out

  • First Place: Dustin Swank (H&M)
  • Second Place: Jarred Little
  • Third Place: Carlos Lopez (LADWP)

Apprentice Pole Climb

  • First Place: David Angove (LADWP)
  • Second Place: Carlos Lopez (LADWP)
  • Third Place: Alex Cortez

Apprentice Hurtman Rescue

  • First Place: Alex Cortez
  • Second Place: Brandon Branch (PG&E)
  • Third Place: David Angove (LADWP)

Apprentice Dead End Shoe Change-Out

  • First Place: Alvaro Jimenez-Guzman
  • Second Place: Jesus Navarrete
  • Third Place: Tyler Crowell

Apprentice Written Test

  • First Place: Michael Gossett
  • Second Place: Peter Vilander
  • Third Place: Christopher Espinoza

 

 

Groundman Overall Winners

  • First Place: Aaron Crosby
  • Second Place: Anthony Gossett
  • Third Place: Eduardo Ceja

Groundman Mystery Event: Rope Toss

  • First Place: Kevin Reyes
  • Second Place: Julius Carthan (LA Trade Tech)
  • Third Place: Rodolfo Torres

Groundman BURD Transformer Installation Prep

  • First Place: Aaron Crosby
  • Second Place: Jacob Gilmer
  • Third Place: Eduardo Ceja

Groundman Written Test

  • First Place: Anthony Gossett
  • Second Place: Aaron Crosby
  • Third Place: Jonathan Gutierrez

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