UW-Platteville’s Mudfest Weekend TraditionBy Katy Albrecht • April 5, 2012 • Category: Features, News
As a UW-Platteville student, I’m sure you know about the Annual Mudfest weekend that ultimately brings together the majority of campus to the pitch for the Rugby tournaments. For many students, Mudfest weekend is having a bonfire, playing bag toss, and throwing some beers back before heading down to the pitch.
Richard Heyer, senior Biology major said his perception of Mudfest is just like tailgating at a Brewer game – playing bags, grilling out, going to the pitch to watch the tournaments and drinking with his friends.
However, what some of you may not know is that Mudfest is Wisconsin’s longest running rugby tournament and has been going on for 17 years. It is aimed to promote the rugby club and recruit new players and possibly raise money for the club.
With Mudfest having the reputation for being an event that emphasizes a party atmosphere and rugby players with wild haircuts, Jon Binsfeld, senior rugby player and criminal justice major said there is more to it than that. Binsfeld explained that Mudfest in the spring rugby season is made up of tournaments, unlike the fall rugby season. Therefore in the springtime, the rugby team travels throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa playing teams across the tri-state area.
“Mudfest is not only a college tournament, which is what makes it unique from other tournaments,” said Jon Binsfeld. “At most tournaments there will be a men’s bracket and college bracket, but at Mudfest everyone is thrown in together. This year, two men’s league teams participated.” The men’s teams who played this year hailed from Fon du Lac and Oshkosh.
This year eight teams that played in Mudfest. These teams included University of Northern Iowa, Iowa University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Fon Du Lac and Oshkosh Men’s teams and two teams from UW-Platteville, “A” side and “B” side. Platteville “A” side won its first game 55-0 against UW-Stevens Point and won its second game 17-0 against the Oshkosh Men’s team features graduated UW-Platteville players.
The semi-final games began with Iowa defeating Northern Iowa and Fon Du Lac beating Platteville’s “A“ side 13-5. Iowa ended up taking first, with runners-up Fon du Lac taking second, and Platteville “A” side finishing third.