The Ohio Robotics Club (ORC) in association with the Robot
Fighting League and Northern Ohio
Radio Control Auto Races
(NORCAR) hosted the House of
Robotic Destruction 2013 (HORD)
at The Gate — North East Ohio’s
premier indoor R/C car race track —
this past May in Burnswick, OH.
Eleven teams brought a total of five
150 gram Fleaweights, 11 one
pound Antweights, and six three
pound Beetleweights to compete in
three brutal double elimination
The father-son duo of Glenn
and Warren Puvin dominated the
Flea and Ant brackets with their
three hard hitting robots. Their
Fleaweight Demise used its front
mounted spinning disc to cut a
path straight through the winner’s
bracket to first place.
Meanwhile, the gruesome
twosome of Low Blow and Vile Ant
scored win after win with their
under cutter bars of spinning
death. Low Blow took first place
with no losses, and Vile Ant
finished second — his only defeat
being a forfeit to Low Blow.
Next, the pair took on all
comers in a massive Antweight
rumble. The mighty spinners could
just not hold out against the six
pushy bots arrayed against them.
Both fell to the pits and at the end
of the rumble only Don Jenkin’s
Bully was left standing.
In other action, Richard Kelley’s
Fleaweight dust pan/clamp bot
CLAW arm wrestled Chris Olin’s
servo-powered lifter Left twice —
first losing to Left by being flipped
on his side and then in the loser’s
bracket driving Lefty into the pit.
CLAW went on to face and defeat
Zach Witeof’s Chairman Meow
before losing to Demise in the final.
HORD veteran Witeof was
joined this year by his fiancée,
Alyssa Dole, who drove a new bot
Wedge TASTIC!, featuring 20%
more wedge-ness than the leading
competitor. Her first and only
victory was against Bully in the
loser’s bracket. Alyssa shared the
Rookie of the Year award with
fellow newcomer and friend of
Zach, Steve Nagar whose Boxy
Brawler also went 1-2.
Zach recently earned a
Master’s Degree in Electrical
Engineering from Ohio State and
plans to continue his studies in
Florida. All ORC members and
competitors offer Zach and Alyssa
their best wishes.
Meanwhile, the Beetle brackets
presented a full on pushing war
featuring five fast and furious
wedge/brick bots and a lone lifter
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● by Chris Olin
Robot HORDs Return to The Gate
Builders: (1) Don Jenkins; ( 2) Chris Olin; ( 3) Zach Witeof; ( 4) Steve Nagar;
( 5) Ron Baron; ( 6) Warren Puvin; ( 7) Richard Kelley; ( 8) David Graham; ( 9) Chad Savage;
( 10) Alyssa Dole; and ( 11) Glenn Puvin.