2019 Wisconsin State Championships

The Wisconsin State Championship consisted of eight of the best Guts teams from Wisco, Michigan and Illinois. This tournament featured the first ever "power" round robin in which two pools of four teams all played games and then the top four teams based on those results were put into an upper pool and the four remaining teams fell to the lower pool. Three more games in each pool were played and the #1 seed headed into the tournament was Buck's Brigade as they finished the double round robin at 5-1. 

Sunday morning was played in a pretty heavy rainfall, which made catching the wet disc a challenge. The Appleton Assassins made quick work of Buck's Brigade to advance to the winner's bracket final. The bottom half of the bracket featured Shottle Bop beating Blame the Dog and Chafing the Dream to advance to the winner's bracket finals. In the loser's bracket Chafing the Dream ousted Buck's Brigade while Blame the Dog knocked out Hi Karl. Chafing the Dream, featuring a lineup with waaaaayy too many Beckmans took it to the Dogs and won convincingly 21-16. Meanwhile in the winner's bracket Appleton chugged right along and beat Bop in two quick games to advance to the finals. Bop dropped down to play Chafing the Dream and looked like they were not quite up to the task when they trailed 19-16 late. Chafing the Dream was led by tournament MVP Tanner Beckman as he was there to clean up every up and scored at will on the way back with his super accurate two-finger. But Bop dug deep and put up a wall thanks to some timely bags and scores by Al Nettell. His late game heroics secured a 22-20 victory and set up a rematch with the Assassins in the finals. With the sun out and a great crowd on hand Appleton showed us all why they are the best in the game. Josh's heavy backhand sliced through the defense repeatedly while Bop had a hard time getting shots through the line. Appleton jumped out to an early 7-4 lead in game one and never looking back, cruising to a 21-13 victory. In game two Bop looked a little less shell shocked but in the end just did not have enough gas left in the tank to beat the defending champions. A full Appleton squad hasn't been beaten in a few years and last weekend they extended their dominant streak. Appleton won game two 21-16 to repeat as Wisco champs.

Appleton Assassins (left to right):

Adam Swansonager, Brian Tews, Jon Luedke, Josh Tews, Alex Tews, Jericho Luedke and trophy presenter Bruce Richardson



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Date: June 8th & 9th
Appleton, Wisconsin

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Calumet, Michigan

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July 23rd thru 27th
Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China

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August 3rd & 4th
Marquette, Michigan

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August 31 & September 1
Livonia, Michigan

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September 28th & 29th
Milwaukee, WI

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October 19th & 20th
Albuquerque, New Mexico