UWS mockers excel at Superior Durst Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on Dec 2, 2018
Over 150 mockers from around the Upper Midwest region gathered to compete in Swenson Hall for the honors

UW-Superior students Desiray Matthews and Scott Holmes were both named Outstanding Witnesses at the Superior Durst Mock Trial Invitational hosted at UWS on November 30-December 2.

Over 150 mockers from around the Upper Midwest region gathered to compete in Swenson Hall for the honors. Team 1215 representing UW-Superior finished with a 4-4- record after losing three ballots by 1-2 point margins. Matthews and Holmes were both recognized as part of the best performers as witnesses – Homes on the Plaintiff side of the case and Matthews on the Defense side of the case.
Scott Holmes and Desiray Matthews were both named Outstanding Witnesses at the Superior Durst Mock Trial Invitational
Team 1215 consisted of Desiray Matthews, Scott Holmes, Autumn Bass, Alex DeBlaey, Julian Williams, Jeb Leone, Bella Gigliotti, and Kenneth Benz. The team is coached by Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, Eric and Cassy Burr and Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf. Fruehauf coordinated the Tabulation Room for this invitational.

All members of the team were recognized for individual outstanding performances across the weekend.

The invitational was dedicated to former mock trial coach Mike Durst, a well-known regional attorney. The Outstanding Witness award was newly named for Alex Pfannebecker, a former mocker and national champion witness. The Outstanding Attorney award honored Tony Gigliotti, a former mocker.  A new Outstanding Coaching award was created to honor Andrew J. Hanson.  

“Hosting the annual invitational is an effort to contribute to the national American Mock Trial Association community, provide a quality tournament to help regional teams pre-winter break and to fundraise for our program, “said Maria Cuzzo, head academic coach. “It’s always an honor to see over a hundred mockers and their coaches travel in the winter weather to UW-Superior to compete.”

The team next competes the last weekend in January at the Hatting Invitational hosted by St. Thomas University of Law in the Twin Cities. That will be followed the last weekend in February with the AMTA regionals to quality for advanced competition.

News Contact: Maria Cuzzo | 715-394-8482 | mcuzzo{atuws}
UWS mockers excel at Superior Durst Mock Trial Invitational
Posted on Dec 2, 2018
Over 150 mockers from around the Upper Midwest region gathered to compete in Swenson Hall for the honors
Team 1215 representing UW-Superior finished with a 4-4- record after losing three ballots by 1-2 point margins.

Team 1215 representing UW-Superior finished with a 4-4- record after losing three ballots by 1-2 point margins.