2013 Rutgers Invitational Champions Michael Barton and Robert Colonel pose with their signed picture of Henry Phipps, their tentative gag award while for first place team while awaiting delivery of the top team's crystal cup.  Robert Colonel joins Robbie Pratt, Chris Ford, and Omar Qureshi as a two-time champion of the Rutgers Invitational.  This year was the twelfth annual Invitational.
2013 Rutgers Invitational Champions Michael Barton and Robert Colonel pose with their signed picture of Henry Phipps, their tentative gag award while for first place team while awaiting delivery of the top team’s crystal cup. Robert Colonel joins Robbie Pratt, Chris Ford, and Omar Qureshi as a two-time champion of the Rutgers Invitational. This year was the twelfth annual Invitational.

The twelfth annual Rutgers Invitational was held last weekend at the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Forty-five teams attended the tournament after a snowstorm prevented seven additional teams from reaching New Brunswick to compete. The tournament featured breaks to varsity quarterfinals and novice semifinals. Twenty colleges and universities were represented from as far away as Boston and Washington DC, while a university from Chicago had to cancel due to snow.

Here are the tournament’s official results:

The full array of awards offered by the Rutgers Invitational, including the signature top speaker knight's helmet.  Not pictured:  the crystal cup for first place team, which was delivered late and will be awarded to Yale shortly.
The full array of awards offered by the Rutgers Invitational, including the signature top speaker knight’s helmet. Not pictured: the crystal cup for first place team, which was delivered late and will be awarded to Yale shortly.

TOP TEAMS
1. Yale (Robert Colonel & Mike Barton) 4-1, 261.5/19
2. NYU and Harvard (Shomik Ghosh & Josh Zoffer) 5-0, 262/16
3. Yale (Eric Brooks & Sam Ward-Packard) 4-1, 263/17
4. Swarthmore (Griffin Olmstead & Jodie Goodman) 4-1, 259/24
5. Syracuse and Brandeis (David Kopel & Keith Barry) 5-0, 267/16
6. George Washington and William & Mary (Dan Cobos & Aaron Murphy) 4-1, 262.5/21
7. Princeton (Claire Branch & Jeff Leibenhaut) 4-1, 260/21
8. Smith (Molly Lonigan & Sammy Floyd) 4-1, 259.5/22
9. Yale (Ben Kornfeld & Michelle Kim) 4-1, 256.5/25
10. Johns Hopkins (Sam Chirtel & David Israel) 3-2, 260.5/24

Tournament Director Deepta Janardhan (right) places the knight's helmet over the head of the 2013 RU Invitational top speaker, Syracuse's David Kopel.  A different person has won top speaker at all twelve Invitationals, with Maryland speakers winning thrice.  Kopel is the first winner from Syracuse.
Tournament Director Deepta Janardhan (right) places the knight’s helmet over the head of the 2013 RU Invitational top speaker, Syracuse’s David Kopel. A different person has won top speaker at all twelve Invitationals, with Maryland speakers winning thrice. Kopel is the first winner from Syracuse.

TOP SPEAKERS
1. David Kopel (Syracuse) 134/6
2. Keith Barry (Brandeis) 133/10
3. Eric Brooks (Yale) 132.5/7
4. Ben Kornfeld (Yale) 131.5/5
5. Claire Branch (Princeton) 131.5/6
6. Dan Cobos (George Washington) 131.5/7 [Tie broken on adjusted ranks] 7. Shomik Ghosh (NYU) 131.5/7 [Tie broken on adjusted ranks] 8. Robert Colonel (Yale) 131/9
9. Aaron Murphy (William & Mary) 131/14
10. Diana Li (Yale) 130.5/6

NOVICE TEAMS
1. Columbia (Chris Meyer & Kunal Mehta) 3-2, 257/23
2. Pittsburgh (Lizz Crivaro & Andrew Besner) 3-2, 257.5/21
3. Princeton (Brian Moore & Brian Litchfield) 3-2, 256/21
4. NYU (Raymond Wright & Isabelle Klinghoffer) 3-2, 253/27
5. Northeastern (Peter Falk & Danny Rego) 2-3, 256/26

NOVICE SPEAKERS
1. Lizz Crivaro (Pittsburgh) 129/9
2. Chris Meyer (Columbia) 129/11
3. Brian Moore (Princeton) 128.5/9
4. Daniel Takash (Johns Hopkins) 128.5/11
5. Peter Falk (Northeastern) 128.5/12 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 6. Andrew Besner (Pittsburgh) 128.5/12 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 7. Jodie Goodman (Swarthmore) 128.5/15 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 8. Jeff Leibenhaut (Princeton) 128.5/15 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 9. Kunal Mehta (Columbia) 128/12
10. Maya Hardimon (Maryland) 127.5/10 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks] 11. Nicholas Ferezin (American) 127.5/10 [Tie broken on adjusted speaks]

Yale took the final round over the NYU and Harvard hybrid team on an 11-4 decision. The latter team ran a case about whether a painter in 1907 who opposed both boxing and paternalism should paint underground boxers in New York City as in a pristine condition or bloodied and bruised. Yale chose the latter option.