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. 

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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.


Octafinals

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

Quarterfinals

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

Semifinals

Los Altos DH def. Redlands PR

East AC def. Oxford HU

Finals

East AC def. Los Altos Los Altos DH


Results can be found here.

Resolutions can be found here.