Wildcat Wins Monster Mascot Challenge at 2005 Final Four

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)----In front of a jubilant, standing room-only crowd at Center Court in NCAA Hoop City, the University of Kentucky Wildcat edged the Syracuse University Orange to claim victory yesterday in the Monster Mascot Challenge at the 2005 NCAA Men's Final Four in St. Louis, Missouri.

Seven mascots from various NCAA men's basketball programs, along with Monster's signature mascot, Trumpasaurus, battled for this coveted honor. Hosted by CBS Sports' Bill Raftery, the competition featured a challenging obstacle course complete with balance beam, vault, dribbling and skateboard tracks that tested each mascot's agility, style and poise. Each participating school received a $1,000 donation to its general scholarship fund.

The following NCAA schools were represented:

-- University of North Carolina Tarheels
-- Michigan State University Spartans
-- Syracuse University Orangemen
-- University of Kentucky Wildcats
-- Duke University Blue Devils
-- University of Kansas Jayhawks
-- University of Missouri Tigers

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