Here is the account by George Dell, West Point debater:
William Scott Nobles
and Gerald Sanders of the Southeastern State College of Oklahoma won
the first annual West Point National Intercollegiate Debate tournament,
held on May 2-4 at the United States Military Academy, losing only one
decision in nine debates. George Grover and Potter Kerfoot of the University
of Southern California in the final round by a 3-2 decision.
and universities, previously selected as the most outstanding teams
in the country by regional coaches' boards, participated in the first
nonorganizational nation-wide tournament, in which the competition was
so severe that no team remained undefeated. Army, Navy, and Vermont,
which won all five preliminary rounds, were eliminated in the eighth,
seventh, and sixth rounds, respectively.
The U.S. Military
Academy (George Dell-John Lowry) and Notre Dame University (Frank Finn-Tim
Kelley) were the eliminated semi-finalists, being defeated by Southeastern
and U. S. C., respectively. Army won seven out of eight; Notre Dame,
six out of eight.
The highest 16
teams out of the 29 entered were selected after five preliminary rounds,
which permitted two teams that had sustained three defeats and seven
that had lost two to enter the elimination rounds.