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College Debate Team dominates at Bowling Green University tournament

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College Debate Team dominates at Bowling Green University tournament


​The Grove City College Debate Team successfully concluded the fall semester’s competitions by winning the Overall Debate Sweepstakes Award at two tournaments held November 16 and 17 in Bowling Green, Ohio.

On Saturday, the squad competed at the “Falcon Classic” of Bowling Green State University on its 70th Anniversary, making it one of the longest ongoing tournaments in the nation. Here, seniors Dan Pugh and Kyle Marchini teamed together and went undefeated to capture the individual crown. Senior Allen Scheie and junior Benjamin Crelin captured second place while junior Sam Williams and sophomore Ryan Brown tied for third. In the novice division, freshmen Isaac Kim and Zach Voell won second place while Josiah Vehrs and Kyle Jorstad tied for third.

On Sunday GCC participated in the “Birds of a Feather” tournament, also at Bowling Green, hosted by BGSU Firelands College. Here again, Grove City College took home the overall debate sweepstakes trophy. Pugh and Marchini remained undefeated for the entire weekend, taking first place again while Scheie and Crelin again took second. The team of junior Mark Mariani and sophomore Drew Brackbill tied for third. In novice, all three of Grove City’s teams “broke” (made the playoff rounds) with Vehrs and Jorstad winning it all while sophomore Ben Che and freshman Amanda Clagett took second. The team of Kim and Voell tied for third.

In addition to the host schools, the GCC squad faced off against a variety of institutions including Hillsdale College, Wheaton University, Southwestern Baptist University and Notre Dame. Over the weekend, the team debated primarily over pressing policy issues including the use of drones, the operation of the United Nations, services for the mentally ill, partisan media coverage and the viability of a Chris Christie presidential candidacy. For the weekend, the overall record of GCC’s top two squads in both varsity and novice amounted to a 26 wins to six losses in the preliminary rounds.

The GCC Debate Team is coached by Professor of History Dr. Jason R. Edwards and was assisted in these tournaments by Professor of Political Science Dr. Michael Coulter and Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Mike Jackson. The team is captained by senior Daniel Pugh.