Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Thundering Word does well against nationally ranked teams

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Thundering Word speech and debate team finished third in a two-day combined team sweepstakes event at West Chester University near Philadelphia the weekend of Oct. 13-14.


Several nationally ranked teams competed, including George Mason University and Lafayette College. Other teams competing were Bowling Green State University, West Chester University, St. Joseph’s University, Cedar Crest College, James Madison University, Northern Virginia Community College, Nassau Community College, Suffolk Community College and Lincoln University.


On Saturday, during the alumni portion of the swing tournament, Marshall was sixth in the team sweepstakes competition. Individual finalists included:

During the Honors portion of the swing tournament on Sunday, Marshall finished in third place in the team competition. Individual standouts included:

The week before the West Chester event, Marshall sophomore Matt Osteen, competing for the Thundering Word, was the champion of both tournaments in a two-day debate tournament at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Osteen, a bio-chemistry/pre-med major from Jefferson, W.Va., was Marshall’s lone debater. In addition to his two championships, he was awarded the third-best speaker award at both tournaments, helping Marshall place third in the two-day competition.


Marshall Coach Danny Ray said the tournament is considered one of the most competitive in the nation.

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