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Rough-and-tumble robots clash as popular event returns


Student Wildcats of Robotic Design recently hosted its Fall Fights 2019, attracting 51 combat robots – fashioned from a variety of materials, both by students and the general public – for daylong competition in the Field House.

The top three finishers for each weight class and the names of their robots:

Antweight
First − Nate Franklin, “Slim Pickens”
Second − Eric Shao, “Overkill”
Third − Engineering design technology student Wesley S. McCray, “Jerry”

Beetleweight
First − Don Doerfler, “Circuit Breaker”
Second − Welding and fabrication engineering technology major Ryan J. Bohenek, “Scrappy”
Third − Joe Doerfler, “Disco”

– Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer;
others provided by SWORD

An overhead view of the action
An overhead view of the action

Antweight winners (from left): Joe Doerfler, Ryan J. Bohenek and Don Doerfler
Antweight winners (from left): Joe Doerfler, Ryan J. Bohenek and Don Doerfler

McCray accepts his third-place trophy from SWORD's Stanley L. Bohenek, also enrolled in the engineering design technology major,
McCray accepts his third-place trophy from SWORD’s Stanley L. Bohenek, also enrolled in the engineering design technology major,

"Fragile," maybe ... but fearless, certainly
“Fragile,” maybe … but fearless, certainly

Attractive honors await the winners.
Attractive honors await the winners.

Ringside fans revel in the tournament's unpredictability.
Ringside fans revel in the tournament’s unpredictability.

Maintaining the field of play
Maintaining the field of play

The bracket keeps track of the double-elimination lineup.
The bracket keeps track of the double-elimination lineup.

Sparks fly as the competition ramps up.
Sparks fly as the competition ramps up.

Sportsmanship reigns.
Sportsmanship reigns.

There's as much style as substance in this competition!
There’s as much style as substance in this competition!

The club logo adorns a T-shirt.
The club logo adorns a T-shirt.

 

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