Two seniors -- Brett Bricker of Wichita and Nate Johnson of Manhattan -- beat defending champion Wake Forest early Tuesday in
the National Debate Tournament in Austin, Texas. Bricker and Johnson scored a 4-1 decision in the final round of the competition.
Johnson's father Ron Johnson tells the Lawrence Journal-World that Kansas advanced to the finals on Monday night after defeating California-Berkeley. In the other semifinal, Wake Forest University
upset Northwestern University.
It was the first-ever tournament win for 18-year veteran coach Scott Harris. He led the Jayhawks debaters to third-place finishes in 1994 and 1999.
Kansas also won the national title in 1954, 1970, 1976 and 1983.