Mac making marks in national rankings


Hard-fought wins over top competitors earned the Marauder men’s basketball and volleyball teams a nudge forward in the newest Canadian Interuniversity Sport top ten polls on Tuesday (Jan. 14). Meanwhile, McMaster’s male grapplers found themselves in the mix as wrestling made its top-ten debut.

(Photo: McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Tied with Trinity Western for the top spot a week ago, the Marauders men’s volleyball team regained possession of the No. 1 ranking after defeating the Western Mustangs and Windsor Lancers during Marauder Weekend to remain unbeaten in Ontario University Athletics. McMaster is now six points clear of the field in the OUA standings, with four teams tied for second place at 18 points. The Marauders will look to add two more wins to their tally this weekend when they travel to Toronto for matches against the Toronto Varsity Blues and Ryerson Rams on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
(regular season record) / previous rankings

1. McMaster (12-0) / T1
2. Trinity Western (13-1) / T1
3. Alberta (10-4) / T3
4. Thompson Rivers (10-4) / 7
5. UBC (9-5) / 156 / 3
6. Laval (9-2) / 6
7. Brandon (7-7) / 5
8. Saskatchewan (5-9) / 8
9. Manitoba (6-8) / 9
10. Waterloo (9-3) / NR

The Marauder men’s basketball team climbed two spots from its eighth-placed perch of a week ago, after solidifying first place in the OUA West standings this past week. A demolition of the Brock Badgers in midweek set the table for Saturday’s slugfest with the Windsor Lancers, as McMaster emerged with an emotional 70-68 win over their fierce divisional rivals.

The Marauders travel to Waterloo to take on the Warriors on Wednesday (Jan. 15) before returning to the twin cities on Saturday for a matinee against the Laurier Golden Hawks.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
(regular season record) / previous rankings

1. Carleton (11-0) / 1
2. Ottawa (10-1) / 2
3. Alberta (11-1) / 3
4. Ryerson (11-1) / 4
5. Victoria (10-2) / 5
6. McMaster (9-3) / 8
7. McGill (5-1) / 6
8. Saskatchewan (9-3) / 7
9. Acadia (7-2) / NR
10. Windsor (7-5) / 10

In the pool, McMaster retained its No. 6 ranking for another week, after competing against the top-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues in a dual meet on Sunday. The Marauders travel to Ottawa for a meet against the Gee-Gees on Friday (Jan. 17).

MEN’S SWIMMING
(points) / (previous rankings)

1. Toronto / 1
2. UBC / 2
3. Calgary / 3
4. Alberta / 4
5. Western / 5
6. McMaster / 6
7. Montreal / 7
8. Dalhousie / 8
9. McGill / 9
10. Victoria / 10

McMaster debuted among the top ten on the mat, after the Marauder men’s wrestlers claimed four medals in a tough field at the Brock Open on Saturday. Jason Buckle won gold in the 61kg weight class after dominating all four of his opponents, and was named the meet’s Outstanding Male Wrestler as a result.

Eric Steffler (silver), Ahmed Shimaya (bronze) and Kevin Barret (bronze) also finished on the podium. The Marauders will look to build on their recent success when they travel to the Guelph Invitational on Saturday.

MEN’S WRESTLING
(first ranking of season)

1. Alberta
2. Brock
3. Western
4. Concordia
5. Saskatchewan
6. McMaster
7. UNB
8. Regina
9. Winnipeg
10. Guelph