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UNLV debate team gearing up for finals

Posted at 9:55 AM, Feb 13, 2018

The UNLV debate team is doing better than ever.

The policy debate squad at UNLV is top five in the country. Some rankings put one pair, Matthew Gomez, and Jeffrey Horn, as third in the nation.

"It feels more than a full-time job to me," said Horn.

They're getting ready for the national championship in March. All year, side by side, Horn and Gomez argued one topic: national health insurance.

"I have one tournament left in my entire debate career. I've been doing this since I was in tenth grade in high school and I never thought I would come this far," said Gomez who is a senior.

It's not something you can just jump into without preparation. Participants speak rapidly. They research their arguments thoroughly.

"It's a specialized event. It's not exactly a spectator sport," said Gomez.

This is the last year Gomez and Horn will work together and they know how to push each other's buttons.

"He can also be you know really hard headed sometimes. He really thinks he's right about what arguments we should make sometimes and I'm the same way," said Horn.

Even if they don't take home top honors. their coach is already proud.

"My goal since I got here was to create a dynasty capable of winning multiple national championships," said Jacob Thompson, the director of debate at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

The last competition of the season starts March 22.