blow. Duke Robotics' Trash used its
vertical oversized beater to take the
horizontal disc off Invertigo in the
first round. In the semi-finals, Pissed
Off Unicorn easily took out both of
Invertigo's wheels, advancing to the
finals to fight an undefeated Thrash.
Pissed Off Unicorn used its eight
inch spinning weapon to defeat
Thrash twice for the Fleaweight title.
ANTWEIGHT CLASS: Thirteen
robots battled it out in the
Antweight division. Early in the
bracket, Poco Tambor sent Klazo
high in the air hit after hit, almost
getting Klazo stuck between the
arena barrier and the wall as it
bounced off the arena. Caleb
Boothe from Duke Robotics
competed with his first robot, a
nicely machined full-body spinner
Shaka Zulu, and received a tough
first match-up against Jamison Go's
well known DDT.
Both robots took big hits, until
FIGURE 7. Berzerker
vs. Dirty Sanchez.
Shaka Zulu flipped upside down and
danced circles around DDT while it
tried to self-right. DDT's luck was
running short, however, as he lost
his next match against Poco Tambor
and then lost to Algos. Saifu, built
by Pete Smith of Kitbots, did well in
the first round with its reversible
direct drive brushless drum weapon.
After winning its match against
Algos, Saifu was sent to the loser's
bracket by Capricant and was then
eliminated by Klazo, which is based
off the same kit as Saifu.
Last year's winner, Gilbert from
Team MH Robotics, returned to
reclaim his title at Clash of the Bots
3. After beating Ting Tang and Blue
Devil, Gilbert lost its match against
Poco Tambor and fought its way
through the loser's bracket.
Defeating WhipperSnapper and
Calamity Kid secured Gilbert a spot
in the finals.
FIGURE 8. DDT vs.
Capricant stayed in the winner's
bracket throughout the event,
sending Poco Tambor to the loser's
bracket late in the competition to
battle Gilbert in the semi-finals. In
the final match, Poco Tambor sent
Capricant spinning in the air until
Capricant lost power. Poco Tambor
ended the Antweight matches with
a gyro victory dance for the crowd.
BEETLEWEIGHT CLASS: Twelve
3 lb competitors put on a great
show for the crowd. The first match
paired Grande Tambor vs.
OpenRobotix's TomZax — both with
powerful vertical weapons. Eight
year old Thomas Parrish behind the
controls of TomZax tried to use his
saw blade wheels to outdrive
Grande Tambor, but Grand Tambor
won the match after several big hits.
Two Florida teams took
the stage next, as Voodoo
Magic's titanium vertical disc cut
FIGURE 9. Thomas competes in the
Beetleweight class with his dad.
FIGURE 13. DDT vs. Algos.
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