• Bear wrestlers placed 5th at Melee at the Metros
  • Bear Hockey beat Bullis (2x) and then upset StA in first round of IAC
  • John Nichols BLTF returns with news of BearLaxTraxFax












 Winter Sports

·        Basketball  (8-15) according to WaPo Donnell Frayer led team with a 16.1 ppg ave., Justin Patterson pulled down 107 rebounds, Donnell and Antonio Cockrell led with 37 assists and Justin led with 22 blocks


With the wrestling season winding down, the Bears are starting to peak.  Landon placed 5th in a field of 18 teams in the competitive Melee on the Metro tournament this weekend: some of the teams included local powerhouse Good Counsel, the best private school in Virginia St. Christopher’s, the second best private school from New Jersey St. Benedicts, and top WCAC schools DeMatha, Bishop Ireton, St. Mary’s Ryken, and Gonzaga.


We had 8 place winners overall with 4 finalists.

  • At 106, we had our lone champion in Patrick Kielb.  He pinned his opponent from Good Counsel in the second period. The Good Counsel wrestler was seeded ahead of Patrick and was ranked higher than him in the state rankings.  This was definitely a quality win.
  • At 120, Lorenzo Lopez (currently ranked #8 in the state and #3 in privates) lost 5-0 to his opponent from St. Mary’s Ryken (ranked #3 in the State and #1 in privates).  Lorenzo now has an understanding of what he needs to do to win the state next week.
  • At 138, Brendon Gallagher (currently ranked #4 in the State and #1 in privates) lost 6-4 to his opponent from Gonzaga who is a National Prep returning place winner.  These two have now split against each other.
  • At 145, freshman Marc Schermer placed for the first time in a competitive high school tournament. He placed 6th after going 2-2 for the day.
  • At 170, Jelani Machen revenged a loss against a Good Counsel wrestler who beat him in the finals of the Mad Mats tournament early in December.  He won with an excellent takedown in the last 15 seconds of the third period.
  • At 195, Carter Johnson lost a tight match 8-7 against a DeMatha wrestler in the finals.  As a second year wrestler, Carter continues to improve each week and raises his expectations of himself.
  • At 220, first year wrestler Thomas Halm ended his season with a 6th place.  He had a great day and the team appreciates his contributions by helping out the team fill a spot we did not have a wrestler.
  • At 285, Terrance Bridgers wrestled well.  He beat his opponent from St. Benedict’s 4-2 to take 3rd place.  He also continues to grow as a second year wrestler.
  • On the JV level, the young Bears ended their season with “JV states” at St. James school in Hagerstown, MD.  We had three wrestlers place.  At 152 sophomore Ron Giscombe placed 4th, freshman James Waldron placed fourth, and junior Nick Haller placed 3rd.  Congratulations on a great season.














John Nichol’s BearLaxTraxFax—keeping up with Bears’ laxing

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Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 15

Navy (Tom Evans) 8

Due to conference scheduling imperatives, this game has been progressively pushed from the end of the season to the front.  This was the 90th time the two teams have faced off and the first time the game has been a season opener since 1909!

Navy jumped out to a 3-0 advantage, but the Jays came back and the game became a back-and-forth affair until midway through the third period.  Over the remaining period and a half, Hopkins outscored the Middies 8-1 to lock up the win.  Sam Lynch saw action in the game and was credited with one caused turnover.




Bucknell (Sean O’Brien, Jarett Witzal) 9

Bryant 8

The Bison picked up their second win of the new season and their first home win.  Once again, they had to overcome a late deficit to pull out a close win, getting their only lead of the day with just 11 seconds left in the game.  The two Bucknell Bears continued to make solid contributions to the team’s success.  Jarett is showing no signs of a sophomore slump at the X, winning 13 of 19 faceoffs and collecting 7 ground balls and Sean O’Brien scored two goals and got to 3 ground balls.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 8

Michigan 13

This is the inaugural season for the Cleveland State Vikings.  Unlike many new programs that start with transfers and upper classmen from club teams, the Vikings are setting sale with a roster compose of over 90% (34 of 37) freshman.  Cleveland State got the game off to a good start, scoring the game and program’s first goal.  However, Michigan scored the next 6 and controlled the game thereafter.


Cleveland State (Justin Conner) 7

Duke 22

Cleveland State hung with the Blue Devils through much of the first half, riding a good faceoff effort.  However, the depth and experience of Duke wore down their younger foe and the second half was less of a contest.  Justin picked up a caused turnover in his first shot a seeing some time on the field this year.


Colgate (Griffin Brown, Robby Dunnigan) 8

Marist 12

Marist jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one quarter and the Raiders could pull no closer than within 2 over the balance of the game.  Griffin saw action in his first D-I game, taking the first shot of his collegiate career late in the first quarter.


Hobart (Riley McTague, Koko Avedisian) 15

Penn State 21

Penn State’s consistent drum beat of 5 goals per quarter (with a 6th goal in the final quarter) proved too much for Hobart to overcome.  ‘Bart’s 8-1 rally that stretched from the third quarter into the fourth cut the deficit to 2, but the Nittany Lions cruised home from there.


Jacksonville (Andrew Miller, Zac Buller, Hunter Sells) 12

Lehigh 13

Andrew Miller started on defense for Jacksonville with the first caused turnover and second ground ball of his D-I career contributing to the Dolphin’s 8th goal.  JU’s four straight goals late in the game pulled them within 1 with 4 minutes left in the contest, but they could not break through in the war of attrition that followed.


Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch) 15


The Blue Jays picked up their second win of the season, easily downing the Retrievers.  Sam saw playing time in this rather one-sided match.


Navy (Tom Evans) 12

Maryland 15 

Yet another long-standing, late season Navy rivalry game has been pushed into the early weeks of the season due to the constraints of conference scheduling.  The game was an even match until the second half when Maryland strung together two four-goal runs.  A couple of late goals by Navy cut the deficit to three, but the Middies could get no closer.


Virginia (Jason Murphy, Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads) 16

Loyola 15

Virginia kicked off the Lars Tiffany era with a big road win this weekend.  Jason Murphy had his hands full with Loyola’s faceoff ace, but managed a virtual draw at the X, winning 13 of 24 faceoffs and scoring a goal.  Michael Rhoads also saw time on defense for UVA.


Thus far, of the four D-III teams we will be following this season—Salisbury (Brian Menendez), Ohio Wesleyan (Tyler McTague), Trinity (Spud Dunn), and Marymount (Asst. Coach Wes Lincoln)—only Salisbury and Marymount have played.

Pre-season consensus #1 and perennial D-III power Salisbury opened their season with a 21-2 thrashing of Methodist then won a tight 9-8 contest against Lynchburg. Marymount also opened their season with Methodist, falling 12-7 after Methodist scored 6 of the game’s final 7 goals.

Ohio Wesleyan, ranked #13 in the USLIA pre-season poll, starts their season this coming weekend and Trinity gets started in early March.  We have one Bears vs. Bears match this season in D-III as Salisbury and Ohio Wesleyan will face off on March 5 at Salisbury.  OWU will be in DC on March 14 to play Catholic U.


Winter Sports Bear Trax

There will be an update soon.

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