And, that was the deciding factor….Wisconsin’s balanced team approach earned them 40 bonus points to New York’s 10. In the final round, Wisconsin’s Chris Rassier correctly answered toss-up question #19 with “manure”, earning 15 points, which gave Wisconsin a bonus, which the team answered correctly. Those 35 points, pushed them past New York to win 275-265. Wisconsin went undefeated through five rounds of competition. New York’s was seeking its tenth national championship, but fell just short, loosing its only two matches to Wisconsin to take second. Third place went to Minnesota, followed by Maryland, Iowa, and Illinois earned honorable mention.
Polk juniors have been actively participating in dairy bowl since 2004. Thirty-two different Polk county youth have participated in this dairy knowledge competition over the past eight years. The team didn’t win a single match the first two years they competed, but their dedication to improve and learn more about Wisconsin’s dairy industry persisted.
The Polk county team members have 22 years of cumulative dairy bowl experience. And each member has four state final round appearances between 4-H and Junior Holstein contests. “They needed all of the lessons from every one of their practices and contests to manage the high-pressure situations today,” remarked their coach of eight years, Patti Hurtgen. “They all know what it feels like to walk away without the final win. I wanted them to finally know the exhilaration of winning that has previously eluded them.” They worked extremely hard for this victory, and they aren’t soon to forget it!
Brett Getschel, a graduate of Osceola High School attends University of Wisconsin – River Falls. In addition to his dairy bowl experience, Brett is an accomplished dairy cattle judge. At the national 4-H contest in 2010, he was named an “All-American” and was the high individual in the Jersey breed. In May, he helped his Osceola FFA Dairy Judging Team earn 2nd place overall in the Wisconsin FFA contest while earning the highest score overall competitors on the written test. On the national level, he placed in the top 6 in the National Dairy Jeopardy contest in 2010. Brett lives on a 60-cow dairy with his parents and three siblings. He not only works with the cows, but is heavily involved with the crop production on the farm. His knowledge of soils, crops, and fertilizer was a huge asset to the team.