Rutgers-University Debate Team Defeats First Seed at The Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University November 13th – 16th


The Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team traveled three teams to Wake Forest University to compete at the Franklin R. Shirley Classic tournament on November 13 to 16, 2015: the teams of Kevon Haughton (senior) and Christian Quiroz (freshman); Hannah Stafford (junior) and Luis Carrera (ECC); and Adegoke Fakorede (freshman) and Chaz Wyche (ECC).

Kevon and Christian, as well as Hannah and Luis, finished with a 5-3 record, with Luis and Hannah missing elimination rounds on points alone. Chaz and Adegoke managed to go 4-4 at their first national tournament. Christian and Kevon made up the only team representing Rutgers University-Newark’s Scarlet Knights in the elimination round, making it as the 32nd seed and meaning RU-N would be matched against the first seed from UC Berkeley in double octofinal. RU-N defeated Berkeley to claim the first seed in an extremely close 3-2 judge’s decision – one of the biggest upsets that debate has seen in a while. However, RU-N lost an important octofinals debate to Emory University.

The Shirley is the most competitive tournament of the semester where all the best policy debate programs in the country finally gather to solidify their competitive success based on the Fall 2015 semester of national, competitive travel. Programs represented out of the 143 teams at the Shirley included Harvard, University of Michigan, University of California Berkeley, Oklahoma University, University of Texas, University of Kentucky, and many others out of 143 teams represented at the Shirley.

This performance at the Shirley speaks volumes to the current drive and success that the Rutgers University-Newark Debate Team has and will achieve as it heads into the Cal Swings hosted at UC Berkeley. The swings are called such because it involves two tournaments that happen one right after another, usually in relatively close locations, making it easier for programs to arrange and prepare for both tournaments.

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