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TOP 10 TUESDAY: Alberta opens at No.1 in wrestling

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The Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas are the top-ranked U SPORTS wrestling programs to begin the 2018-19 season.

The Golden Bears won the team bronze medal last season, while the Pandas captured silver.

Meanwhile, there are a pair of changes at the top as the defending national champion Manitoba Bisons return to No.1 in women’s hockey while the McMaster Marauders become the team to beat in men’s volleyball. The Bisons (6-2-0) were on a bye this past week and will host Lethbridge this coming weekend for a pair of games, while the Marauder (2-0) kicked off their season with back-to-back sweeps of Toronto and then-No.5 Windsor on the road. McMaster welcomes Queen’s and RMC this weekend.

In other U SPORTS rankings, UNB (men’s hockey), Carleton (men’s basketball) Laval (women’s basketball and men’s volleyball) and Calgary (women’s volleyball) remain national leaders for another week.

New this season, U SPORTS is implementing the ELO Rating System for the calculation of its weekly national rankings. Powered by RankR, ELO’s unique algorithm blends a statistical calculation with customized variables that is adaptable across a range of sports. For football and men’s hockey, it will be combined with the results of the media panel balloting (each weighted 50%) to produce the final top 10. For more information, click here.

Men's basketball

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Carleton 3-0 468 (45) 1
2 Ryerson 3-0 409 (1) 2
3 Calgary 4-0 388 (1) 3
4 Dalhousie 2-0 319 5
5 Alberta 2-2 242 4
6 UBC 3-1 241 6
7 Saint Mary’s 2-0 211 7
8 Saskatchewan 3-1 143 9
9 Ottawa 1-2 46 8
10 McGill 0-0 45 NR
Other teams receiving votes: Wilfrid Laurier (18), Western (18)

Women's basketball

Rank School Season Points  Previous
1 Laval 0-0 557 (42) 1
2 Ryerson 3-0 522 (5) 2
3 McMaster 3-0 464 3
4 Concordia 0-0 408 4
5 Saskatchewan 3-1 368 5
6 Carleton 3-0 324 8
7 Ottawa 2-1 240 9
8 UBC 2-2 216 7
9 Calgary 2-2 152 10
10 Regina 2-2 146 6
Other teams receiving votes: UNBC (110), UPEI (58)

Men's Hockey

Rank School Season Media  ELO   Total Previous
1 UNB 8-0-2 144 (9) 150 294 1
2 Saskatchewan 7-1-0 138 (5) 105 243 2
3 Alberta 5-3-0 93 135 228 3
4 Ottawa 7-0-1 88 (1) 120 208 5
5 Saint Mary’s 7-2-1 97 75 172 4
6 StFX 7-2-2 68 90 158 9
7 Ryerson 7-1-1 67 60 127 10
8 Calgary 5-2-1 61 45 106 7
9 UQTR 6-3-0 7 30 37 NR
10 Lakehead 7-2-0 22 0 22 NR
Honourable mention: Queen’s (17), Brock (15), McGill (10), UBC (6), Carleton (5), Moncton (2),

Women's Hockey

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Manitoba 6-2-0 38 (2)* 2
2 Concordia 3-2-0 38 (2)* 3
3 Montreal 3-2-0 32 1
4 Alberta 6-2-0 28 5
5 StFX 6-1-1 24 4
6 McGill 4-0-0 20 8
7 Western 5-1-0 16 6
8 Saint Mary's 5-2-1 9 7
9 Saskatchewan 6-2-0 8 9
10 Queen's 5-2-0  7 10
Other teams receiving votes: None

Men's Volleyball

Rank School Season VRS Previous
1 McMaster 2-0 +2.63 3
2 Laval 3-0 +2.62 1
3 Brandon 4-0 +2.47 2
4 Alberta 5-1 +1.72 4
5 Trinity Western 3-1 +1.48 7
6 Winnipeg 2-0 +1.35 10
7 Mount Royal 2-2 +1.28 6
8 Windsor 3-1 +0.82 5
9 Saskatchewan 2-2 +0.69 NR
10 Thompson Rivers 3-1 +0.58 8
Honourable Mention: Montreal (+0.30), Calgary (+0.26), Manitoba (+0.22)

Women's volleyball

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Calgary 4-0 60 (4) 1
2 Ryerson 3-0 55 2
3 Trinity Western 6-0 53 3
4 Alberta 4-2 44 5
5 Dalhousie 3-0 43 7
6 Waterloo 3-0 37 8
7 Laval 4-1 36 10
8 McGill 5-1 34 6
9 Toronto 3-1 33 4
10 Montreal 4-1 24 9
Other teams receiving votes: Acadia (12), MacEwan (12), Queen’s (11), Western (9), UNB (5)

Men's Wrestling

Rank School Points Previous
1 Alberta 69 -
2 Saskatchewan 49 -
3 Fraser Valley 41 -
4 Lakehead 32 -
5 Brock 28* -
6 McMaster 28* -
7 Guelph 23 -
8 Concordia 16* -
9 Calgary 16* -
10 Western 11 -
Honourable Mention: Toronto (5)

*Brock and Concordia ranked higher due to a higher number of higher-ranked individual wrestlers

Women's wrestling

Rank School Points Previous
1 Alberta 36 -
2 Saskatchewan 32* -
3 Guelph 32* -
4 Brock 26* -
5 Concordia 26* -
6 Calgary 23 -
7 Fraser Valley 18 -
8 Lakehead 13 -
9 McMaster 10 -
10 Western 6 -
Honourable Mention: Queen’s (5), York (5)

*Saskatchewan and Brock ranked higher due to higher number of higher-ranked individual wrestlers

Top 10 Formats

  • Men’s and women’s basketball, women’s hockey and women’s volleyball rankings determined by coaches’ vote.
  • Men’s volleyball Top 10 determined by the Volleyball Ranking System (VRS) – teams ranked according to their average sets won differential
  • Wrestling rankings calculated from individual weight class results by school. Individual rankings available on wrestling.ca

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(Credit: Jojo Yanjiao Qian / York Lions)