Last home meet for Nelson, Pudlowski, Patton, Roddy
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
The Brentwood High School wrestling team recently took the last two steps of its regular season. The Eagles took sixth place among 17 teams at the Lathrop Invitational last weekend, then raised its record in duals to 16-4 by beating Cleveland NJROTC and Lift for Life in the final varsity meet of the regular season on Thursday.
BHS wrestlers are now in the midst of a two-week preparation for the Class 1 District 1 championships at Whitfield on Feb. 13-14. Those who place in the top four at Whitfield will go to the state meet in Columbia on Feb. 19-21.
Brentwood’s most promising wrestlers heading into the postseason are Gary Silerio at 132 pounds, Kyle Pudlowski at 170 and Alex Patton at 285. Silerio, who is 35-7, and Pudlowski, 31-3, went to state last year. Patton, 30-3, just missed qualifying last year.
Jordan Roddy, 18-5, also hopes to return to state. Others who have close to 20 wins are: James Nelson, 195 pounds, 23-10; Justin Shipley, 160, 23-18; Narvell Jordan, 138, 21-9; Deshaun Johnson, 152, 20-22; Julen Stubblefield, 106, 19-13; and Chase Lynch, 113, 19-24. (All records are according to http://www.trackwrestling.com.
Taste of Kansas City
Loaded with teams from the Kansas City area, the Lathrop tournament provided a taste of much of the competition that will await state qualifiers from the St. Louis area. That bodes well for junior Silerio, who won four of five matches and took second place at 132 pounds, losing only to a wrestler from Class 4 Truman.
“Gary really stepped up his game,” said assistant coach Mic Boshans. “He took second and gave the other guy a serious run for his money, a good wrestler from a much bigger school.”
Silerio looks to be on par for reaching state for the third year in a row. If he survives the test at Whitfield, assistant coach Mic Boshans likes his chances in Columbia.
“I think he’d be one of the top contenders for a medal,” said Boshans. “It’d his third time going there and he doesn’t have the pressure of being a senior. I think he’s in a prime position to do something.”
Said Silerio, “I’m working on just keeping my body healthy.”
Roddy was also impressive, winning three of four, all of them pins, and taking third place.
No tears on senior night
The meet with Cleveland and Lift for Life was senior night for Nelson, Patton, Pudlowski and Roddy. It’s a sad affair for seniors in most sports, but not in wrestling where the most exciting part of the season is ahead.
“We did well in dual meets this season and that’s great,” said head coach Roy Hughes. “But I have a firm belief that all of the matches during the season don’t mean squat. It’s all just preparation for us to get ready for district.”
After his last match on Brentwood’s mat, Pudlowski was relaxed and smiling afterward.
“It was fun out there with my guys,” he said. “Wrestling is fun but it’s not really a passionate thing for me. But district is going to be tough like always. You have to outwork them and hopefully it will pay off.”
Said Roddy, “Tonight is a little bit of happiness and sadness. I’m happy to be a part of this team but I’m sad because I’ll miss the sport. I love wrestling. In football and other sports it’s a team thing. In wrestling you may be on a team but at the end of the day the win or the loss is you.”
Said Nelson, with a grin, “I can never be sad around Coach Hughes. He physically will not let me. I’m happy tonight. I know what I need to do to prepare for Whitfield.”
Fresh start before Whitfield
Not all high school teams take a two-week break from competition before the district meet. Brentwood does because Hughes believes in it. He learned it from his high school wrestling coach in Iowa.
“We can get people healthy, take a couple days when you don’t have to worry about making weight,” said Hughes. “It gets people’s heads back into it. Watch tape, hit the weights a couple days, change up the routine a little bit and be fresh. That’s a good thing because you have a different mental game preparing for districts. I like getting my guys healthy and ready to go. Some schools think you have to just keep banging and banging or you’ll get rusty. I don’t think you’ll get rusty in a week or so. We’ve been doing it that way for several years and, to be honest, when we get to districts our guys aren’t banged up. They’re ready to wrestle.”
Regular season record: 16-4 in duals
Dec. 2: 1-1 at tri meet, beating Priory 47-31, losing to Principia 48-33.
Dec. 4: 1-1 at tri meet, beating St. Mary’s 48-36, losing to Gateway 42-36.
Dec. 5-6: John Burroughs Tournament, second place among 10 teams, seven medalists.
Dec. 8: 2-0 at tri meet, beating Maplewood 42-39, St. Francis Borgia 47-36.
Dec. 11: 2-0 at tri meet, beating Christian O’Fallon 42-40, Hancock 54-18.
Dec. 13: Union tournament, seventh among 12 teams.
Dec. 20: Brentwood Invitational, first place among 10 teams.
Jan. 8: 2-0 at tri meet, beating John Burroughs 45-35, Chaminade 42-36.
Jan. 10: 2-1 at Park Hills Inv., beating Festus 42-39 and Potosi 55-24, losing to St. James 51-27.
Jan. 14: 2-1 at Ladue Quad, beating Clayton 66-15 and Normandy 54-23, losing to Ladue 51-30.
Jan. 16-17: St. Charles Invitational, 17th among 24 teams.
Jan. 22: 2-0 at tri-meet, beating Herculaneum 45-33 and Orchard Farm 72-4.
Jan. 24: Lathrop Invitational, sixth among 17 teams.
Jan. 29: 2-0 at tri meet, beating Cleveland NJROTC 33-26 and Lift for Life 11-6.
Lathrop Invitational team scores
1. Maysville 252.02
2. Lathrop 199.53
3. Polo 186.04
4. Truman 135.55
5. Mid-Buchanan 127.56
6. Brentwood 127.07
7. South Harrison 126.08
8. Stanberry 113.59
9. Father Tolton 112.01
10. Albany 97.01
11. West Platte 82.01
12. Wentworth Military Academy 47.013
13. Sherwood 37.51
14. Summit Christian 32.51
15. Tarkio 10.01
16. Kansas City Central 9.01
17. Southwest Livingston 0
Lathrop Invitational Results for Brentwood
Gary Silerio went 4-1, placed second at 132 pounds and scored 26.00 team points. He won an 11-9 decision over Kyler Popplewell (17-11), Maysville; pinned Landon Smith (10-9) of Polo in 1:35; pinned Aidan O’Hara (3-11) of Wentworth Military Academy in 0:46; pinned Teaguen Mudd (13-24) of Lathrop in 1:21; and was pinned in 5:55 by Kurt Kaiser (26-4), Truman.
Jordan Roddy went 3-1, placed third at 285 pounds and scored 21 team points. He pinned Elijah Bledsoe (9-15), Mid-Buchanan, in 1:10; pinned Zach Phillips (19-12) of Polo in 4:33; received a bye; was pinned in 4:37 by Elory Anderson (19-9), Stanberry; and won third place by pinning Lathrop’s Drake Higgins (25-10) in 1:34.
Julen Stubblefield went 2-3, placed fourth at 106 pounds and scored 15.00 team points. He was pinned in 1:14 by Joseph Johnson (9-6), Southwest Livingston; was pinned in 1:24 by Will Engel (25-15), Albany; pinned Clay Galloway (3-21) of Father Tolton in 0:56; pinned Dalton Bush (14-11) of Sherwood in 1:37; and was pinned in 0:29 by Cody Graven (30-7), Maysville.
Kyle Pudlowski went 3-2, placed fourth at 170 pounds and scored 17.00 team points. He pinned Mitch Moppin (20-15) of West Platte in 3:55; won a 12-6 decision over Chance Landsman (4-8), Sherwood; pinned Jacob Post (14-19) of Maysville in 4:30; lost to Brett Campbell of Summit Christian (20-2) by technical fall, 4:48, 15-0; and lost to Mason Rosier (24-3) of Stanberry by technical fall, 5:41, 17-0.
Narvell Jordan went 2-3, placed fourth at 138 pounds and scored 15.00 team points. He pinned Alex Currier (2-8) of Father Tolton in 0:37; pinned Justin Howard (7-23) of West Platte in 0:23; lost a 10-6 decision over Jonathan Gosserand (24-6), Truman; lost to Jacob Brock (32-2), Lathrop, by technical fall in 3:18, 15-0; and lost a 9-6 decision to Jonathan Gosserand (24-6), Truman.
Chase Lynch went 1-4, placed fifth at 113 pounds and scored 9.00 team points. He was pinned in 3:03 by Dalton Wade (28-10), Maysville; was pinned in 2:45 by James Shealy (2-3), Wentworth Military Academy; pinned Daniel Ripley (11-16) of Tarkio in 4:00; was pinned in 0:24 by Cody Kistner (17-2), Lathrop; and lost a 19-8 major decision to Devin Driskell, West Platte.
Caleb Murphy went 0-4, placed seventh at 120 pounds and scored 2.00 team points. He was pinned in 1:21 by Dylan Wade (25-15), Maysville; was pinned in 0:51 by Jake Williams (26-10), Mid-Buchanan; was pinned in 2:43 by Kris Riley (13-11), Tarkio; was pinned in 0:53 by Wesley Crawford (12-8), Polo; and received a bye.
Audrey Brown went 0-4, placed seventh at 145 pounds and scored 2.00 team points. She was pinned in 0:40 by Jake Leonard (23-13), Polo; was pinned in 0:24 by Tre Powers (7-6), Maysville; was pinned in 1:55 by Billy Quigley (13-25), Albany; was pinned in 2:59 by Kenny Summa (7-7), Stanberry; and received a bye.
Deshaun Johnson went 2-3, placed seventh at 152 pounds and scored 10.00 team points. He was pinned in 1:47 by Mason Doll (26-4), South Harrison; was pinned in 2:25 by Reid Steiner (32-9), Maysville; was pinned in 0:23 by Caleb Bolling (20-9), Polo; pinned Austin Brownlee (2-21) of Summit Christian in 0:33; and pinned Jameson Gentry (15-19) of Mid-Buchanan in 3:17.
James Nelson went 1-4, placed eighth at 182 pounds and scored 5.00 team points. He pinned Vince Carroll (8-13) of Stanberry in 1:03; was pinned in 1:32 by Troy Powers (22-13), Maysville; was pinned in 0:48 by Gunner Martin (29-5), Polo; lost a 4-2 decision to Harrison Matthews (15-20), Mid-Buchanan; and was pinned in 1:38 by Wyatt Starmer (17-17), South Harrison.
Joseph Dreyer (14-21) went 1-4, placed eighth at 195 pounds and scored five team points. He was pinned in 0:25 by Brandon Richardson (3-2), Polo; was pinned in 0:21 by Grant Berg (25-8), Lathrop; pinned Bryndan Vessar (6-21), Maysville, in 2:02; was pinned in 0:59 by Dylan Burgess (14-9), Summit Christian; and was pinned in 3:36 by Bryndan Vessar, Maysville.
Justin Shipley went 0-4, placed ninth at 160 pounds and scored no team points. He was pinned in 1:47 by John Anderson (29-1) of Mid-Buchanan; lost to Nick Evans (26-16), Maysville, by technical fall, 5:27, 19-2; lost to Manuel Pickens (7-9), Kansas City Central, in sudden victory, 14-12; was pinned in 3:31 by James Flores (7-5), Wentworth; and received a bye.
John Burroughs Tournament, 10 teams
First place: Alex Patton at 285 pounds.
Second place: Gary Silerio, 132; Narvell Jordan, 138.
Third place: Julen Stubblefield, 106; Chase Lynch, 113; Kyle Pudlowski, 170; Reid Nelson, 195.
Fourth place: Caleb Murphy, 120; Deshaun Johnson, 152; Richard McQuay, 220.
Fifth place: Justin Shipley, 160.
Sixth place: Tayveon Brown, 145; Sam Tilton, 182.