NorCal Teams Close out the Wolfpack Invitational
BY NANCY JUNG
Two NorCal teams closed out Claremont High School’s Wolfpack Invitational. #3 ranked team Basil Abushama & Nadia Cochinwala defeated Los Altos Spencer Dembner & Lilly Hackworth on the resolution, “The U.S.should substantially increase its military response to ISIS.” The champions will receive a total of 26 points, moving them just ahead of Dembner & partner Steven Herman in the rankings.
The field size dropped down to 48 teams instead of the anticipated 50 teams, and broke to octafinals. With only five preliminary rounds, the tournament ended up with 12 teams with 3-2 records, but only four of those teams could break to the outrounds. As a result, every speaker point mattered. The tournament broke to octafinals, and thus broke the top 33% of its field.
iLEAD North Hollywood’s Kate Farwell won the first place speaker award with a total of 87.5 points, Nadia Cochinwala took home the second place speaker award with 87.3 speaker points, and teammate Poojan Shukla won the third place speaker award with 87.2 speaker points.
Redlands Adam Pepper & Kaiden Ricksecker def. East Marek Zielinski & Poojan Shukla
East Anirudh Anirudh Mani & Janav Sharma def. Los Osos Derek Lui & Ryan Nam
Los Altos Spencer Dembner & Lilly Hackworth def. Carlsbad Tara Yazdan Panah & Elise Unger
iLEAD North Hollywood Kate Farwell & Eric Culhane def. Gabrielino Deandra Du & Tim Chung
East Basil Abushama & Nadia Cochinwala def. Alhambra Andy Chan & Taylor Thomas
San Marino Joseph Kiang & Brian Xu def. Citrus Valley Daniel Gutierrez & Silviu Andronescu
Oxford Nathan Hwangbo & Ahsan Usmani def. Los Altos Alex Wong & William Zeng
Northwood Denny Lee & Amrit Rau def. Carlsbad Alex DeTaboada & Chris Hamner
Redlands Pepper & Ricksecker def. East Mani & Sharma
Los Altos Dembner & Hackworth def. iLEAD North Hollywood Farwell & Culhane
East Abushama & Cochinwala def. San Marino Kiang & Xu
Northwood Lee & Rau def. Oxford Hwangbo & Usmani
Los Altos DH def. Redlands PR
East AC def. Oxford HU
East AC def. Los Altos Los Altos DH