BY KARL MOEGLEIN

After a hectic two days of competition, the Robert D. Clark Invitational at the University of Oregon crowned a champion after Ashland’s Elliott Mellon & Karl Moeglein defeated Sam Barlow’s Hunter Boelow & Robbie Cantrell on a 3-0 decision.

The tournament began with a fire alarm in the first speech round, and became so off schedule day one that the initial plan to have five preliminary rounds before a break to quarterfinals shifted to a hidden quarterfinal during round five.

While prelims had judges with a range of experiences, break rounds were filled with parliamentary debaters from the University of Oregon itself.

In the final round, Mellon & Moeglein successfully negated the resolution “The United States should remove federal authority over Indian country in one or more of the following areas: environmental regulation, law enforcement, education, social welfare.” Boelow & Cantrell ran a plan to remove federal restrictions over whaling for the Makah tribe. The affirmative case was met with a capitalism kritik. With the win, Moeglein & Mellon earned 22 POI points and qualified for the Tournament of Champions.

Moeglein claimed top speaker, with Mellon second. Ashland’s Conlan Ellis was third, followed by Kate LeBlanc and Ruby Belle Booth of Lincoln.


Quarterfinals

Sam Barlow Hunter Boelow & Robbie Cantrell def. Ashland Brayden Preskenis & Percy Holtzman

Ashland Elliott Mellon & Karl Moeglein def. Jesuit Nicholas Liberty & Leanardo Graeff

Ashland Conlan Ellis & Julian Ross def. Cleveland Theo Karlsen & Eli Godleske

Cleveland Nicky Stump & Jozef Galaski-Standow def. Summit Josh Reed & Reese Ringo

Semifinals

Ashland Elliott Mellon & Karl Moeglein def. Cleveland Nicky Stump & Jozef Galaski-Standow

Sam Barlow Hunter Boelow & Robbie Cantrell def. Ashland Conlan Ellis & Julian Ross

Finals

Ashland Elliott Mellon & Karl Moeglein def. Sam Barlow Hunter Boelow & Robbie Cantrell