Feb 9, 2012 9:57 PM by Nancy Chen

Cal Poly freshman loses in 'Final Jeopardy!'

It's safe to say Cal Poly freshman and Arroyo Grande High grad Weston Mangin did the Central Coast proud, sweeping the quarterfinals on the 'Jeopardy!' College Championship Tournament last week.

However, it was revealed on Wednesday's episode Mangin did not go home as the ultimate winner, despite beating 12,000 applicants to be one of the 15 contestants.

In the semifinals, Mangin competed against Columbia University junior Tyler Benedict and University of North Texas sophomore Monica Thieu.

From the beginning, Mangin and Benedict were quickly neck-and-neck for points, leaving Thieu far behind. Then with a score of $17,000, Mangin was the winner going into the last minutes of the show.

But it was 'Final Jeopardy' that proved to be fatal.

The category: comic books. The clue: An inspiration for this character introduced in 1929 was 15-year-old Palle Huld's 1928 44-day voyage around the world. The answer: Tin Tin.

Betting $6,000, Weston's answer was the Silver Surfer. Benedict missed as well, and out of nowhere, Thieu, who guessed the correct answer, was the winner.

"I'm not sad that I missed it on that 'Final Jeopardy,'" Mangin said backstage afterwards. "If it had been something that I should have, something I feel I should have known, I'd be regretful. But I've never read any Tin Tin comics, I've not seen a movie."

Still, Mangon goes home with $10,000, the title of quarterfinal champ, and no regrets. The College Championship tournament lasts through next Wednesday, if you want to catch the ultimate winner.



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