The Bears within the White Rocks are transitioning from Winter to Spring



  • 4 Bear wrestlers go to Nationals and Brendan Gallagher makes AA
  • medal-stand-edit








  • US Lacrosse recognizes Coach Bordley with its highest coaching award
  • Remnants of the Winter Seasons for Bear Trax














[in the old days, the green slips’ punishment was served by painting the white rocks; usually as the campus lost its coat of snow.]

 Winter Sports

·        Basketball  (8-15)


In all of Landon’s history of matmen, only 17 Bears have earned All American status (several of them repeated) with the highest ranking of 2nd =Mike Petrash 2001—

who played lax at the FO X for Bucknell [recurring theme; Jarett Witzal]












High School All American lists in many sports are at best a rough approximation of talent; how do you compare a baseball player from New York with someone from Hawai’i? In swimming, a time over a specific distance is an objective metric. Thanks to Lehigh 82nd National Prep Wrestling Tournament, as well as for decades in the past, actual work on the mats proves where these athletes should be ranked.


Dated 02/26

What an amazing way to end an excellent season!

We had four qualifiers travel to Lehigh University for the National Prep Wrestling Championships:

  • Patrick Kielb (106),
  • Brendon Gallagher (138),
  • Jelani Machen (160), and
  • Carter Johnson (195).

There was a possibility to get Terrance Bridgers in at 285 at the last minute, but it did not work out so we are giving him honorary status for attending.

In this tournament, every wrestler is tough and has placed in their respective State tournament. The team place 33rd out of the 108 schools represented across the country.

In the first round, Patrick pinned a wrestler from St. Thomas Catholic from Texas, Brendon earned a tech fall (17-1) over a wrestler from Trinity Christian Academy from Texas, and Carter Johnson was a decision (7-1) over a wrestler from Episcopal High School also from Texas. Jelani Machen lost a tough match to #8 seed from the Hill school in Pa.

In round two, Patrick lost to #3 seed from Malvern Prep (PA), Brendon beat #9 seed from Christian Brothers, Tennessee by major decision (9-0).  This wrestler wrestled back and ended up 4th which is a testament how close the top 8 wrestlers were in this weight. Carter Johnson lost to the #1 from Malvern Prep.  Jelani was eliminated from the tournament after losing to a wrestler from Belmont-Hill in Massachusetts.

In the ¼ finals, Brendon lost a tough match to the #1 seed and eventual champion from Blair Academy.

In the consolations, Carter lost to a wrestler from Lawrenceville, New Jersey and was eliminated.  Patrick won two more matches beating wrestlers from Green Farms Academy, CT and Paul VI in Virginia.  He eventually got eliminated in the round of 12 (1 from placing) by a wrestler from Benedictine in Richmond Virginia. Brendon went on to beat a wrestler from Haverford (PA) which put him in the top 8.  He then lost two close matches to a wrestler from Gonzaga and St. Benedicts (NJ).

Brendon ended in 8th place.  He is the first Prep All-American since 2011 and one of only of five wrestlers to place at Nationals since my 22 years of being coach at Landon.  Congratulations Brendon!



Dated 02/19

For most wrestlers, the season is over, but four Landon Bears have qualified for the National Prep tournament at Lehigh University, after placing in the top six at the Maryland Independent Wrestling tournament in Bel Air, Maryland this weekend. The team placed 12th out of 32 teams, even without four of our top wrestlers who were out for different reasons. This concludes the regular season which has been an amazing season.  While we did not reach our team goal of an IAC championship, we are ready to break even more records next year.

This year, we had two freshmen break the season high win mark which was 29 victories.  Both Patrick Kielb and Lorenzo Lopez have broken that mark.  Patrick currently sits with 32 victories and Lorenzo with 41 victories.

Brendon Gallagher sits with 112 victories.  The highest career mark in Landon wrestling history sits at 117.  Needless to say, if Brendon does not break that mark next week, he will set a high bar next year, as he is only a Junior.

The team tied the record for the most victories in a single season (15).  With five state place winners, the team was one short of breaking the record for the most place winners.  With Brett Gallagher and Lorenzo Lopez not being able to compete, we could have possibly broken that record as well.

This weekend, we had the following wrestlers place in the top eight of a very competitive tournament:

o   Terrance Bridgers (285) placed 8th ,

o   Patrick Kielb (106),

o   Jelani Machen (160),

o   Carter Johnson (195) placed 6th , and

o   Brendon Gallagher (138) placed second.  Brendon is one of only six Landon wrestlers to reach the finals of the state tournament.  We have yet to get a champion, but we have several wrestlers whose goal is to win a state title.  Next year should be another year of great things happening for Landon wrestling.

Patrick, Jelani, Carter and Brendon earned a spot at the National tournament next weekend at Lehigh.












Hopefully, we can bring home some hardware and continue setting the bar high for our program.


US Lacrosse names Coach Bordley as the 2016 Gerald J. Carroll, Jr. Exemplary Coaching Award recipient


US Lacrosse is the sport’s national governing body and in that role it has primary responsibility to lead and structure its players and coaches. One of those functions is to annually award the Carroll Award for Exemplary Coaching. Carroll’s career as a sideline mentor included U.S. Naval Academy, St. Mary’s College, U.S. Navy Prep School and St. Mary’s Ryken.


In the 22 years of recognition, award has gone to the preeminent names in this profession; for example, the list includes Mike Messere, West Genesee High School, Camillus, N.Y.; Cliff Gillespie, St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H.; Bob Hartranft, Farmingdale High School, Farmingdale, N.Y.; Wendell Thomas, Atholton High School, Columbia, Md.; and Bob Shriver, Boys’ Latin School, Baltimore, Md. According to Messere, Hartranft and Shriver (retired) are numbers 1, 3 and 14 on the list of winningest HS coaches. Coach Bordley is #5 at 622.


But the Carroll Award looks to an individual “whose success is best measured not in victories but in the support and guidance given to the balanced growth and development of young men who play the game.”  To many those words clearly describe the Coach’s career at Landon.


Recently, Rob reached a milestone in number of wins and that record was included in the below poster (apologies for the poor photography) and in compiling all of his, his coaches, his players and their parents collective accomplishments, the hallmark of Coach Bordley’ s career is that 53 of his boys (the 51 on the poster needs to be updated) were selected by their peers on their college teams to be Captain:













Mr. Bordley not only deserves this award, but his career epitomizes the criteria.


About the same time, Rob was interviewed in a podcast Podcast: Rivalry, Sportsmanship and Advice from Rob Bordley















Sam Anas (L11), Iowa Wild (26-22-5-2), AHL, played in 47 games, 8G 12A. he is now #7 in scoring for the Wild. Team is on a good streak 9-1-2-0





Patrick Giles (L18), US Men’s National Development team (16-21-1-2) 44 games 7G. 11A.


Christian Meike (L 14), Michigan Wolverines, (9-17-3), D, played in 4 games.

Connor Meike (L12), Williams College Ephmen, (14-8-3), 1 GP

Jack Barton (L14), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (10-12-4) played in 21 games, 3 goals, 2 assists

Chris Javens (L13), Skidmore Thoroughbreds (10-12-4), played in 22 games, 1 Goal, 3 Assist



Alex Norwinski (L15), College Station Spirit (5-31-2-1) NA3HL, Defenseman played in 39 games, 2 Goal, 8 assist, –Spirit beat the Drillers 6-1 in which Alex earned 1 goal and 3 assists.


Trevor Wolf (L15), College Station Spirit (5-31-2-1), Defenseman, 26 games played 3G 6A,


College Club

Orlando Arevalo (L13), MIT Engineers Club

Mike Anderson, (L12) Princeton Club

Jacob Ruttenberg (L’15), Tufts Club

Aditya Krishnan (L’16), University of Maryland club





Aaron Byrd (L15) Augusta Jaguars (23-6) scored 18 against Montevallo in league quarterfinal; he’s averaging 15.7 minutes, 5th in assists with 49


Christian Webster (L09) Va Tech Hokies (19-8),


Assistant Coach Joe McDonald (L12) GWU Colonials, (15-13) Director of Player Development.



Darion Atkins (L11) Hapoel Unet Holon (12-7); 19 GP 29.8 minutes,#1 in game efficiency, 15.1 pts [#9 in League], 9.5 reb [#1 in league], 0.6 stl, 0.8 assists



Danny Rubin (L10), Bnei Herzliya (5-3) 28 GP, 15.6 min.  4.8 pts, 1.9 reb., 0.9 assist, 0.8 steals



John Nichols’ BLTF, full of upsets (his beloved UVa and others), will be posted soon.





Published in: on February 26, 2017 at 10:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: