The regular season concluded with the Freshman Team going 6-0 and winning a 4th consecutive WCAL Championship, while Varsity and Junior Varsity each finished in 2nd Place with 5-1 and 4-2 records, respectively.
The WCAL Championship is a postseason tournament where the top four individual placers in each of the 14 weight classes at the Varsity Level qualify for the Central Coast Championship. The WCAL awards Team and Individual Championships at all three levels; however, the postseason for the Freshman and Junior Varsity levels conclude at the WCAL Championships.
From an historic perspective, the 2017-2018 season is the 40th year of the Riordan Wrestling Program. The first four years of the program (78-79 through 81-82) the program operated as an independent program with no league affiliation. The next 4 years (82-83 through 85-86) Riordan Wrestling was a part of the North Peninsula League after which they joined the WCAL for the 1986-1987 season. To this point, Riordan had never claimed a League Title and had never won the WCAL Varsity Tournament, placing 2nd 5 times, including the last two years.
The Riordan Wrestling Program came into the WCAL Championships with high expectations across all three levels, in particular at the Freshman level – where they were adamant on winning the outright championship and defending their undefeated dual meet record – and at the Varsity Level where an opportunity to make history awaited.
The Wrestling Program did not disappoint.
The Freshman and Varsity teams were crowned WCAL Tournament Champions while the Junior Varsity Team placed 4th. While the Varsity team lead the team standings for most of the day, the outcome was not decided until the Finals as Riordan advanced five individuals into the championship and Bellarmine advanced six. Both teams came away with three individual WCAL Champions and Riordan was able to clinch the team victory with 211.5 points to Bellarmine’s 199. Junipera Serra was 3rd with 177 points.
Riordan qualified 12 wrestlers to the Central Coast Championship that will be held at Independence High School on February 23rd and 24th. Riordan is currently ranked 8th in the Central Coast Section and will be looking to improve on that ranking and qualify individual for the State Tournament on March 2nd and 3rd.
108: Aidan Allwood, 4th Place
122: Donny Gruday, 4th Place
128: Michael Conefrey, 2nd Place
134: Ian DeVaynes, 2nd Place
140: Luke Tassio, 2nd Place
154: Ernesto Rojas-Martinez, 2nd Place
162: Alex Hsing, 3rd Place
172: Matthew Candler, League Champion
184: Felix Alfaro, League Champion
222: Isaiah Clark, League Champion
122: Erik Dashevsky: 2nd Place
128: Jason Tang, 5th Place
134: Israel Valle-Ortiz, 2nd Place
140: James Shannon, 3rd Place
147: Hunter Davis, 3rd Place
154: Sebastian Black, 2nd Place
222: Daniel Gerard, League Champion
108: Michael Bigler (10), League Champion
115: Alejandro Fillon (9), 6th Place
122: Michael Gray (10), 4th Place
128: Armando Munoz (11), 4th Place
134: Antonio Nathan-Miranda (9), 2nd Place
140: Randolph Aberouette (10), League Champion
147: Jules Mulwa (10), 3rd Place
154: Gene Aberouette (12), League Champion
162: Jake Angelo (12), 3rd Place
172: Jonathan Battad (11), 5th Place
184: Isaac Rogan (12), 2nd Place
197: Ray Russel (10), 3rd Place
222: Kabir Samra (12), 4th Place
287: Dontrell Harden (12), 4th Place
Jeff Isola can’t remember his score on the AP Government exam his senior year, but when he took the test he knew what he wanted to do — be an AP history teacher. For the past 15 years that’s just what he has done, teaching all levels of history at Riordan while also serving as department chair from 2008-2009 and 2012-2015.
“Mr. Isola teaches from both points of view, but also respectfully states his views on the issues,” said senior AP Government student Chang Liu. “I enjoy his class because he finds a way to connect with the students and makes us actually enjoy learning factual content.”
Isola’s passion for teaching and his desire for professional development opportunities led to his appointment to the AP US Government and Politics Development Committee, the body responsible for creating content for the test taken by more than 300,000 high school students each year. Students who take this and other rigorous AP courses can often earn college credit by successfully passing the exam.
The invitation to join the Development Committee was a rare one. Isola was one of eight educators selected, one of only four from a high school, and the only one from a private high school and from California. His team is charged with creating a new exam for the spring of 2019, and the committee will also modify the curriculum and framework for AP Government courses taught across the country.
This is not the first time Isola has worked with ETS (Educational Testing Service), the organization that administers AP exams. For the past 10 summers, he has traveled around the country to places such as Salt Lake City and Daytona Beach to serve as an AP reader where he has graded countless essays, and also led and trained other readers. Salt Lake City was chosen as it is the home of the Salt Palace, a former Olympic media center that is large enough to house all those reading and scoring the AP essays.
Isola’s success as a reader earned him a promotion to table leader. As such, he ensures that all the readers follow the same standards when grading essays, making for a fair evaluation of what can be a subjective measure.
This experience has translated to classroom innovations back at Riordan, where he has found new ways to prepare students to take the AP exam, including early morning sessions to practice free response essay questions and in-class time to review sample essays.
The work has paid off, as students honed their writing and sharpened their analytical skills which translates to a high pass rate. Perhaps more valuably, many students go on to pursue political science majors or work in government.
“My proudest moments are when former students have chosen a career in politics, either through civil service or directly working for state legislators and congressmen,” said Isola. “It’s truly a humbling moment to see students take the lessons they’ve learned in the classroom and apply them in order to affect positive change in our society.”
“Mr. Isola’s appointment to the AP committee is a testament to his hard work and passion for the subject,” said Miguel Guerrero ’12 who studied politics and economics at UC Davis and is now working for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. “His mentoring and teaching, in conjunction with the Marianist emphasis on education for service, justice, and peace, inspired me to pursue a career in public service. Jeff is truly one of Riordan’s greatest educators.”
Riordan’s Boarding Program invites families and friends to celebrate the Year of the Dog on Friday, February 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Cafeteria. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
The evening will include a delicious dinner and performance by the Kung Fu Club.
Friday, February 2 was one for the Riordan history books as students, parents, alumni and friends packed the Crusader Forum for the Riordan vs. Sacred Heart basketball game and to dedicate the new Kevin Restani Court. Mayor Mark Farrell read a proclamation from the City highlighting Kevin’s achievements, and also deemed February 2 “Kevin Restani Day.”
Kevin’s many friends, classmates, teammates from Riordan, USF and the Olympic Club, and supporters of the gym renovation project gathered at halftime for a special presentation and blessing of the court by Fr. Mike Quinn ’70. View dedication here
The Crusaders took home an 86-80 victory over the Irish in overtime.
Read this article in the San Francisco Chronicle by Sam Whiting about the tremendous efforts behind the Remembering Restani campaign.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Riordan vs. Sacred Heart Varsity Basketball Game
Tip Off: 7:30 pm
Tickets (available at the door): $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors and Non-Riordan Students, Kids 13 and Under get in free
Free for Riordan Students and Students at Sister Schools
Halftime Presentation and Dedication
Archbishop Riordan High School
175 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
Additional parking available in the City College lot.
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One of the most exciting things this school year has been the launch of Riordan’s House System. On January 8, the four houses competed in a school-wide Rochambeau tournament. Watch this video to see which House was victorious, and how the spirit of Brotherhood and friendly competition plays out at Riordan.