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Cal Poly student from Arroyo Grande finishes third in 'Jeopardy!' College Championship semifinal round

"Jeopardy!" contestant Weston Mangin of Arroyo Grande with host Alex Trebek.
"Jeopardy!" contestant Weston Mangin of Arroyo Grande with host Alex Trebek. Jeopardy Productions Inc.

Cal Poly freshman Weston Mangin lost his bid to compete further in the 2012 “Jeopardy!” College Championship during a semifinals contest that aired Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old Arroyo Grande native qualified for the semifinals during an episode of the game show that aired Feb. 1.

Wednesday night, Mangin was neck and neck with Columbia University student Tyler Benedict for first place through most of the contest. Mangin edged ahead of Benedict during the last question of the Double Jeopardy round.

The game changed during Final Jeopardy when the contestants had to name the comic inspired by 15-year-old Palle Huld’s journey around the world in 44 days.

Only contestant Monica Thieu of the University of North Texas, who had been trailing in third through the game, was able to correctly respond with “Who is Tintin?” Her wager put her in first place at $24,200 and secured her a spot in the final round.

Mangin — who incorrectly answered, “Who is the Silver Surfer?” — lost his $6,000 wager and ended in third with $11,000.

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