UTSA debaters win seven of eight rounds at Idaho State national tournament

Caleb and Brandon

Freshmen Mid-America Novice Champions from UTSA: Caleb Coggeshall (left) and Brandon Daniels

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(April 22, 2013) – The UTSA debaters finished the season on a high note. Jordan Nerison and partner Michael Stroud competed among 166 other teams in the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Championship Tournament hosted by Idaho State University in Pocatello.

Nerison and Stroud won seven of eight of their preliminary rounds. They defeated Kansas State, Oklahoma University (the defending champions), Missouri State and Harvard, four of the top teams in the country. UTSA lost the eighth round to another Harvard team, falling short of a perfect record and a tournament top seed. After two more elimination rounds, Nerison and Stroud lost to the University of Kansas in the octafinal round, finishing fifth in the tournament.

UTSA also collected several individual honors at the CEDA tournament. Jordan Nerison was named to the Academic All American Debate Team and Michael Stroud was named to the All-American Competitive Team. Chris Crowe, one of UTSA's assistant coaches, was chosen as the CEDA South Central Critic of the Year, and he served on the CEDA Final Round judging panel.

Over the 2012-2013 season, several other UTSA debaters achieved high honors. The junior varsity team, Darius Rosebrough and Alexis Morales, won a tournament and advanced to numerous elimination brackets in both the junior varsity and open Championship divisions. Rosebrough scored well in individual speaker points, often finishing in the top 15 debaters. Brandon Daniels and Caleb Coggeshall, UTSA's novice-level debaters, won several tournaments and became the Mid-America Novice Champions. Daniels won the top speaker award in the MAC tournament, followed closely by partner Coggeshall in second place.

Nationally, UTSA finished the season in the top 30 programs (final rankings have not yet been released) and they are looking forward to a fresh, rebuilding start next season. Several new debaters have indicated UTSA as their top choices, and four current team members will be returning.