TRASHionals

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TRASHionals was a tournament organized by TRASH to declare their national champion. It was a tournament for open teams, for which one had to qualify at TRASH Regionals, and was held from 1998 to 2010. Interest declined over the years as the social group which formed the trash circuit in the mid-1990s gradually lost interest in quizbowl, and the quality of questions, logistics, and the atmosphere at the tournament continued to turn off new teams. After the 2010 edition, in which only 14 teams were interested in attending a "national championship tournament" held at a rural high school 80 miles from the nearest airport that was announced less than two months before it took place, the event and the TRASH organization both folded.

Top Finishers of TRASHionals

The listed school is the school or alma mater of the predominant number of team members or, if the members were split 2-2 or 1-1-1-1-1 among different schools, of the highest scorer. Note that TRASHionals results are rarely if ever counted among a team's history due to open/alum participation.

TRASH recordkeeping was often haphazard. Complete stats do not exist for most years, and oftentimes the stats that were posted do not clearly label which teams actually finished in the top four spots in the tournament. The use of pseudonyms making it unclear who was on certain teams is a constant issue. The below is the best that can be reconstructed from the information available. Like other Wiki pages, you are encouraged to add to it if you have knowledge of something that is missing.

Year Champion Second Place Third Place Fourth Place Host/Location Stats
1998 Michigan
Mike Burger, Greg Seroka, Joe Janes, Anne Mitchell
Cornell
Dwight Kidder
Penn
Josh Levy and others
Maryland
Dave Hamilton, Dave Goodman, Michelle Cantave, Mark Swisdak
College Park, MD Stats
1999 Case Western
Kenny Peskin, Anthony de Jesus, Ryan Siebel, Toby Betts
Michigan
Haggai Elitzur, Tim Neuburger, Jon Rosenthal, Mike Shapiro, Brent ?
Georgetown Unclear State College, PA Stats
2000 Michigan
Mike Burger, Craig Barker, Anne Mitchell, Steve Traicoff
George Mason
Rick Grimes, Shawn Pickrell, others
Unclear Unclear Cleveland, OH Stats
2001 Berkeley
Nick Meyer, Matt Levine, Jon Pennington, Steve Kaplan
Oklahoma
Ben Lea, others
Georgetown
Phil Castagna, Tim Young, others
Lee Evanston, IL Stats
2002 Oklahoma
Brian Hight, Adam Mitchell, David Murphy, Jeremy White
Michigan
Craig Barker, Mike Burger, Haggai Elitzur, Anne Mitchell
Arizona State
Jason Zuffranieri, Miguel Ruiz, Trevor Schultz, Nathan Crane
Maryland
Arthur Fleming, John Nam, Jason Dettelbach, Ezequiel Berdichevsky
Ann Arbor, MI Stats
2003 Michigan
Craig Barker, others
Oklahoma
Brian Hight, others
Georgetown
Phil Castagna, Tim Young, others
UTC
Charlie Steinhice, Keith Hudson, others
Boston, MA Stats
2004 UTC
Charlie Steinhice, Keith Hudson, Robert Trent, John Kilby
Yale
Ben Gross, Andrew Hutchings, Kenny Peskin, Samer Ismail
Oklahoma
David Murphy, Brian Hight, Jeremy White, Adam Mitchell
Michigan
Craig Barker, Mike Burger, Anne Mitchell, Alex Hovan
Chattanooga, TN Stats
2005 Oklahoma
David Murphy, Brian Hight, Jeremy White, Mark Hendry
George Washington
Phil Castagna, Tim Young, Rick Terpstra, Josh Levy
Yale
Ben Gross, Andrew Hutchings, Kenny Peskin, Samer Ismail
Arizona State
Jason Zuffranieri, Miguel Ruiz, Trevor Schultz, Nathan Crane
Pittsburgh, PA Stats More stats
2006 George Washington
Phil Castagna, Tim Young, Rick Terpstra, Josh Levy
Michigan
Craig Barker, Mike Burger, Anne Mitchell, Julie Stahlhut
Arizona State
Jason Zuffranieri, Miguel Ruiz, Trevor Schultz, Nathan Crane
Oklahoma
Jeremy White, Mark Richey, Keith Hudson, Jason Schwengler
Austin, TX Stats
2007 Michigan
Craig Barker, Mike Burger, Anne Mitchell, Joe Wright
UTC
Dren Rollins, Michael Kearney, Al Przygocki, Chris Hendry
George Washington
Phil Castagna, Tim Young, Rick Terpstra, Josh Levy
Oklahoma
Jeremy White, Mark Richey, Brian Hight, James Quintong
College Park, MD Stats
2008 UTC
Meghan Clancy, Chris Hendry, Michael Kearney, Al Przygocki, Dren Rollins
Michigan
Craig Barker, Mike Burger, Anne Mitchell, Geoff Zmyslowski
Oklahoma Arizona State
Jason Zuffranieri, Miguel Ruiz, Trevor Schultz, Nathan Crane
Chattanooga, TN No surviving stats.
2009 Oklahoma
Jeremy White, Mark Richey, David Murphy, James Quintong
Arizona State
Jason Zuffranieri, Miguel Ruiz, Trevor Schultz, Nathan Crane
Chicago
Michael Arnold, David Seal, Nolan Esser, Adam Perkins
Illinois
Mike Sorice, Andrew Ullsperger, Micah Hodosh, Chris Vicich
Philadelphia, PA Seven rounds of stats
2010 Oklahoma
Jeremy White, Mark Richey, David Murphy, James Quintong
Berkeley
Matt Levine, Carlos Fisher, Hanson Ho, Phillip Huang
UTC
Meghan Clancy, Chris Hendry, Michael Kearney, Al Przygocki
Arizona State
Jason Zuffranieri, Miguel Ruiz, Trevor Schultz, Nathan Crane
Athens, GA Stats

Notes

  • 1998, 2003, and 2005 results appear to be wrong on the old Maize Pages list (flipping the order of various adjacent non-first places). The order of finish listed in contemporary communication linked above is used here.
  • The following players were on a TRASHionals championship team and an ACF Nationals championship team: Robert Trent and Charlie Steinhice (played together on both 1991 ACF Nationals & 2004 TRASHionals champions), and Jon Pennington (2001 TRASHionals & 2003 ACF Nationals)
  • Due to a paucity of stats, it is unclear which if any TRASHionals winners went undefeated.