This year's state championship tournament saw a changing of the guard in Wisconsin quiz bowl, as Wausau West High School won their first title in grand style, dressed for their senior prom while downing Wayland Academy 300-35 in the championship match. Meanwhile, the third place game featured some newcomers to medal territory, as Oshkosh West won a 210-135 victory over LaCrosse Logan. All four top teams won slots at the NAQT National Championship June 3-5 in Chicago. One team to watch in the future is probably circuit newcomer Wilmot Union, which finished back in the pack but played a major spoiler role for last year's top two - in the morning they performed a wolflike takedown of a Rufus King that otherwise rode proudly through the bracket, upsetting them to force a tie-breaker and then winning the tie-breaker to prevent King from making the play-off division. Later, they scored one of their only victories in the play-off division against defending champions Conserve School, who were undefeated before that match but who seemed to spend the rest of the afternoon oddly off balance and in the lower half of the pack.
A special thanks to all teams who participated, and to the many people who helped out, including Kurt Walters, Kara Pezzi, David Dixon, Steve Lange, Luke Klessig, Mark Zimmer, Joel Velasco, Collin, Michael the Philosopher, Sean Kinney, Martin Bykowsky, Vince Angermeier, Ben Auer, and Nolan Salzmann.
UPDATE: I made a mistake above - Oshkosh West also won third place last year.