UTM Rodeo Student-Athlete Killed in Sunday Night Crash

Wyatt Cole, a rodeo student-athlete at the University of Tennessee at Martin, died as the result of a fatal car crash on Sunday evening. 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.

The accident occurred around 9 p.m. on Mt. Pelia Road outside of Martin. More details will be available in the Feb. 12 edition of the Weakley County Press.

29 Comments

  1. Tracey toney on February 11, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Prayers for all his family and friends

  2. Jim Pugh on February 11, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Prayers for the family and his rodeo family which I am sure is large RODEO is that a large family

  3. Leslie on February 11, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I am so sorry to hear of this young man’s passing. When reading this, it was an immediate thought that it must have been on Mt. Pelia. How many students have been injured on that road in Martin over the years? I wonder if there is anything the county can do to make this road safer? My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    • Teresa Knapp on February 11, 2019 at 5:47 pm

      I don’t know. When the college kids hit our house we had begged and begged them to come out and shoot radar. People went so fast out there. I don’t have a clue if this young man was speeding or not. There are so many hills and curves.

    • Robin Thies on February 11, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      I’m sooo sorry for hearing the passing of this AWESOME young rodeo man!!! 😪 My heart goes out to ALL of his family, classmates and friends 💕

    • Karen on February 11, 2019 at 11:55 pm

      So sorry to hear this, so young🙏😢

  4. Faye Waters on February 11, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Prayers for the family and rodeo team!

  5. Betty Mora on February 11, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Sorry for your loss.. Prayers🙏🏽

  6. Gina Ledsinger on February 11, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Praying for his family and friends.

  7. Laurie & Roger Coon on February 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Prayers for his family, friends, and the UT Rodeo Team!!

  8. Wendi on February 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Prayers for this young man’s family, friends, his rodeo teammates and coaches, and his co-workers with the UT Ag Department!

  9. Anita Jackson, Christopher's mom on February 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Sincerest sympathies and prayers for all who loved Wyatt!

  10. Michelle Johnson on February 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Praying for the family and friends of this young man

    • Mary balentine on February 11, 2019 at 5:22 pm

      Prayers for all. Rip Cowboy

  11. Natasha Ellison on February 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    So sad, prayers for the family another life gone to soon

  12. Tina on February 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    So sorry to hear this. My grandson is in college there, and I’m sure he knew him well. Praying for the family, and all of his friends he had on the cowboy trail.

  13. Jerry and Sharon Combs on February 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Praying for the family so sorry for your loss.

    • Kathy Holt Wainscott on February 12, 2019 at 6:23 am

      Praying for all his friends & family. Especially Greg & Isabelle & Quinn! Hugs

  14. Scotty on February 11, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Prayers for the entire UT Martin family.

  15. Lenna Dunagan on February 11, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Prayers to the family….sad that we lost another young cowboy

  16. Shelia Bell on February 11, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    So sorry for the loss of this young man. Prayers for his family, his teammates and coaches as they face the days ahead.

  17. Wendy chancellor on February 11, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    This is heart breaking..sending many prayers to family and friends

  18. Dan Easley on February 11, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Praying for the entire Cole family and friends.
    You all have my deepest sympathy.

  19. Darwin McGowan on February 11, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Way too sad,, to the family— hang tough,, I was in same situation 21 Yrs ago ,,, tough days and years.

  20. Dr. Catherine Prindle on February 11, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Prayers for all. What a horrific tragedy.

  21. Brenda Hanley on February 11, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    So sad! Prayers for the family.🙏

  22. Ann and Wallace Bush on February 11, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Prayers for all the family

  23. Jim Swettenham on February 12, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    It is always sad to hear of the passing of a member of our rodeo family but to lose someone so young and with so much promise and a bright future is a huge tragedy…Deepest condolences to his family and rodeo team mates…PRAYERS…Jimbo in Winnipeg, MB

  24. STAN KELTON. Kelt49Pictures on February 13, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Shot pics at Sikeston last fall. So sorry this happened. Lost a 21 yr old granddaughter at SEMO 7 years ago. We know first hand the pain and anguish this family is going through and can only say stay close together and you’ll get thru it. …..😞

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