Mac wrestlers improve three spots in national ranking


The McMaster’s men’s team climbed three places in the final Canadian Interuniversity Athletics wrestling rankings this season. At the same time, the Marauder men’s basketball team edged ahead after a successful weekend to close its Ontario University Athletics regular season.

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

The top-ranked Marauder program continued to be the men’s swimming team, which remained at No. 4 after a week away from competition spent preparing for this weekend’s CIS championships in Toronto. That event gets underway on Thursday (Feb. 20) and continues until Saturday.

MEN’S SWIMMING

(previous rankings)

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

McMaster inched ahead to No. 5 in the newest men’s basketball rankings, after winning games against the Laurier Golden Hawks and Waterloo Warriors to end the OUA regular season. Meanwhile, the Windsor Lancers were upset by Waterloo in midweek, causing the Lancers to fall two places below the Marauders to No. 7. McMaster awaits the results of the quarter-final stage, and will host an OUA West semi-final on Saturday (Feb. 22)at the Burridge Gym.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) (previous rankings)

1. Carleton (22-0) (1)
2. Ottawa (20-2) (2)
3. Alberta (20-2) (3)
4. Victoria (19-3) (4)
5. McMaster (18-4) (6)
6. McGill (12-2) (7)
7. Windsor (16-6) (5)
8. Ryerson (16-6) (8)
9. Acadia (14-4) (9)
10. Fraser Valley (17-5) (NR)

McMaster’s wrestlers were rewarded for a bronze-medal at the OUA Championships this past weekend, where Jason Buckle led the Marauders with a gold in the 61kg division. Four others climbed the podium for the Marauder men on Saturday, with Ahmed Shimaya and Chris Garneau winning silver while Kevin Barret and Drew Sinclair took home bronze.

The Marauders will have a week away from competition before travelling to New Brunswick to take part in the CIS Wrestling Championships on March 1.

MEN’S WRESTLING

(previous rankings)

1. Brock / (1)
2. UNB / (5)
3. Guelph / (4)
4. Alberta / (2)
5. McMaster / (8)
6. Western / (3)
7. Concordia / (6)
8. Regina / (NR)
9. Calgary / (7)
10. Saskatchewan / (10)