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EDMONTON - The host University of Alberta Golden Bears and Saskatchewan Huskie women took charge on Day 1 of the 2018 Canada West Championship, with each program going undefeated in their dual matches, Friday at the University of Alberta's Main Gym.
The Golden Bears opened the championship with wins over the Calgary Dinos (37-10) and the Saskatchewan Huskies (32-19), beginning their title defence with a 2-0 record. On the women's side, the Saskatchewan Huskies also began their quest for a second-straight conference title with a strong performance on Friday, opening with wins against Calgary (22-18), Regina (22-16), and Fraser Valley (25-8) to jump atop the women's standings with a 3-0 record.
Leading the Huskies was a pair of wrestlers who began their championships undefeated, as both Alex Schell (48 kg) and Taylor Follensbee (82 kg) were a perfect 3-0 on Friday. For the Golden Bears, six wrestlers earned 2-0 records, including Jordan Wong (54 kg), Melvin Arciaga (57 kg), Devan Larkin (65 kg), Aidan McKeage (76 kg), Nicholas Goleniec (82 jg), and Clayton Brinker (90 kg).
The Alberta Pandas also went undefeated on Friday, defeating UFV and Regina to slot in second in the women's standings behind Saskatchewan with a 2-0 record. On the men's side, both Saskatchewan and Regina went 1-1 in their two matches, and begin Saturday just one win behind Alberta for top's in the men's standings.
The Golden Bears begin Saturday's competition against Fraser Valley (0-1), before finishing the competition against the 1-1 Regina Cougars. The Huskies have just one match remaining on Saturday, as they battle the host Pandas.
Day two of the 2018 Canada West Wrestling Championship begins tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Edmonton, with the final matches scheduled for 2:30 p.m. MST. All day coverage of both mats will be available on Canada West TV.
Day 1 Dual Meet Results
UFV Cascades 7 vs Alberta Pandas 28 (women)
Calgary Dinos 18 vs Saskatchewan Huskies 22 (women)
Calgary Dinos 10 vs Alberta Golden Bears 37 (men)
Regina Cougars 19 vs Saskatchewan Huskies 29 (men)
Calgary Dinos 20 vs UFV Cascades 13 (women)
Regina Cougars 16 vs Saskatchewan Huskies 22 (women)
Regina Cougars 9 vs Alberta Pandas 27 (women)
Saskatchewan Huskies 25 vs UFV Cascades 8 (women)
Saskatchewan Huskies 19 vs Alberta Golden Bears 32 (men)
Regina Cougars 31 vs UFV Cascades 20 (men)
Day 1 Team Standings
Fraser Valley 0-3