Missouri State’s Holt V. Spicer Debate Forum saw two of their students pick up wins at the National Forensics Association Lincoln Douglas Debate Grand Prix.
The event, held online via Zoom but hosted by Missouri State, was the first virtual tournament held for the NFA-LD. The tournament was originally scheduled for March 14th and 15th, but was pushed online because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Senior Gabe Morrison went undefeated through the preliminary rounds of the tournament to earn the top seed for the double elimination portion of the tournament. (The Grand Prix is the only tournament that uses a double elimination system.)
Morrison defeated third-seeded Nicholas Wallenburg from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln) in the championship round in a unanimous decision.
Morrison was one of 21 MSU students who had qualified for the NFA National Tournament that was canceled due to COVID-19. Missouri State reached the semifinals of the nationals in 2018 and 2019, and the finals in 2014, 2018, and 2019, and Morrison was one of the students expected to take MSU back to the finals.
“It is great that Gabe was able to top off a strong college debater career by winning his final tournament,” MSU Director of Forensics Dr. Eric Morris told OI.
The tournament also created two “breakout” elimination rounds for debaters classified as junior varsity or novice debaters. Missouri State freshman Brenden Lucas picked up a win in the Junior Varsity round.
Missouri State’s program will begin their competitions for next season in September.