Wisco 2018

THE RETURN OF THE ASSASSINS

The 2018 Wisconsin Guts Frisbee Championships featured ten teams from all over the Midwest. Round robin play began on a very windy Saturday morning as teams competed for bracket positioning. Six round robin games were played by every team and the Appleton Assassins earned the #1 seed followed by Heroes of Tomorrow, Busch Hawks, Blame the Dog, and the defending champions Shottlebop. The upset of the day occurred late when Derek Stone of Marquette put his team on his back as the Busch Hawks upset Shottlebop in a thriller to steal the #3 seed for the tournament. In all of my years of covering guts, Derek Stone's effort in that game ranks up there as one of the best single-game performances that I've seen.

Day two opened with Dad? (yes, that was their team name) giving Busch Hawks a taste of their own medicine when they beat them in a thrilling best-of-3 match to advance. Dad? was led by the amazing defensive play of Zachary Gierada as he defended multiple match points to secure the victory. Besides that, each of the other top seeds advanced in the first round. The second round saw the Heroes topple Dad? rather easily and Appleton send the defending champs Shottlebop to the loser's bracket. 

The winner's bracket finals saw the Heroes dispatch the Assassins in three games after nearly giving away a three point lead late in game three. With a 20-18 lead late the Assassins fought back only to fall short in a classic 30-28 victory which saw the rare fifth switch between teams at 28-27. This match featured stellar play by everyone on the field as points were tough to come by, leaving no team the ability to go on an extended run.

In the loser's bracket it was Bop over Blood & Guts and Dad? sending Blame The Dog home, setting up a one-game elimination between Bop and Dad. With their tournament on the line, Dad grounded Bop for most of the game while racing out to a 19-17 lead. The teenagers though rebelled against Dad and sent the game to extra frames before finally outlasting the old men in a 26-24 thriller. That left Bop vs. the Assassins in a win-or-go-home match featuring the current powerhouse of guts (Appleton) versus the team (Bop) most capable of dethroning them. The dethroning will have to wait though, as the old wiley vets in their early 20s knocked off the young Boppers 21-16.

The finals, as it so often does, featured a rematch of the winner's bracket finals as the Appleton Assassins, who had not fielded a team here in a few years, up against the Heroes of Tomorrow featuring players from Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Although the Heroes had already beaten the Assassins earlier in the day, when the lights shone the brightest the best team showed the world why they're the best. The Appleton Assassins proved to be the Heroes kryptonite as they played two near flawless games to bring home their 4th Wisconsin State Championship. 

Appleton Assissins from left to right: Jericho Luedke, Brian Tews, Josh Tews, Adam Swannigan, and Jonathan Luedke.

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