Six Wrestlers Are Headed for Columbia

Alex Patton pins Ryan Eisenauer of Principia on the way to taking third place at the Class 1 District 1 wrestling tournament on Saturday at Whitfield School. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Alex Patton pins Ryan Eisenauer of Principia on the way to taking third place at the Class 1 District 1 wrestling tournament on Saturday at Whitfield School. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Pudlowski, Silerio take 2nd at district meet

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Six wrestlers from Brentwood High School qualified for the state meet this week by placing in the top four of their weight classes at the Class 1 District meet at Whitfield on Saturday. The Eagles captured two individual second places, one third place and three fourth places.

Assistant coach Mic Boshans shouts advice to Chase Lynch during Lynch's match with Jordan Lee of Cleveland NJROTC.
Assistant coach Mic Boshans shouts advice to Chase Lynch during Lynch’s match with Jordan Lee of Cleveland NJROTC.

The team was led by senior 170-pounder Kyle Pudlowski and junior Gary Silerio, 132 pounds, who each placed second in his weight class. Senior Alex Patton took third at 220 pounds. Placing fourth were juniors Deshaun Johnson at 152 pounds and Joe Dreyer at 182, and freshman Chase Lynch at 113.

Brentwood scored 96 points to take fifth place in the team standings, slightly behind last year’s 104 points for fourth place. That’s not bad considering the team’s youth: three freshmen starters this season vs. one last year.

“Heck, we’re young,” said head coach Roy Hughes. “We got six through so it’s a good day. I’m happy about everybody coming out and wrestling their best, sticking together and supporting each other.”

The Class 1 state meet starts Thursday morning at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Silerio and Pudlowski have been there twice before and Patton once. It’s the first time for Johnson, Dreyer and Lynch.

Six other Brentwood wrestlers went home on Saturday just one win away from qualifying for state: senior Jordan Roddy at 285 pounds, junior Audrey Brown at 145, sophomores Narvell Jordan at 138 and Justin Shipley at 160, and freshmen Julen Stubblefield at 106 and Caleb Murphy at 120. None came closer than Shipley, who lost a 13-6 decision in his final match.

Brentwood wrestlers (from left) Deshaun Johnson, Justin Shipley and Kyle Pudlowski watch a match on Saturday at Whitfield.
Brentwood wrestlers (from left) Deshaun Johnson, Justin Shipley and Kyle Pudlowski watch a match on Saturday at Whitfield.

Narrow losses for Pudlowski, Silerio

Pudlowski and Silerio were the only Eagles who entered the finals with a chance to be a district champion. Both lost, but not by much.

In the match for first place, Pudlowski trailed Terrez Taylor of Central New Madrid 9-6 in the final period before losing 14-7. He pinned two opponents to reach the title match.

“You just have to go in there confident and believe in your abilities,” he said after one of the pins.

Kyle Pudlowski controls Greg Lovegren of Principia before pinning him in to reach the championship match at 170 pounds.
Kyle Pudlowski controls Greg Lovegren of Principia before pinning him in to reach the championship match at 170 pounds.

In the finals, Silerio nearly pinned Treyvon Williams of Maplewood-Richmond Heights before suddenly being pinned himself, after the score was 10-10.

“The past two years I took fourth here,” Silerio said. “I’ve been thinking that something’s gotta change.”

Gary Silerio pulls Noah Ostler of Principia off his feet.
Gary Silerio pulls Noah Ostler of Principia off his feet.

Patton, a senior, will return to state after going as a sophomore but not qualifying as a junior.

“It feels great; I just wish I wasn’t sick, it’d be better,” Patton said. “This week I’m going to work on a lot of shots and shot defense. There’s a difference between wrestling people from the western side of the state.”

Johnson ‘exudes character’

Cheers and hugs greeted Johnson after he pinned Kory Carter of Lutheran St. Charles to guarantee himself a first trip to state.

“He works hard, he’s respectful and he represents the team well at school on and off the mat,” said Hughes. “He exudes character in everything he does.”

Explained Patton, “Deshaun has been worried about it for three years and he really loves the sport. When he qualified I was just exhilarated.”

Deshaun Johnson gets a hug from teammate Kyle Pudlowski after winning a match to qualify for the state meet this weekend in Columbia. It's Johnson's first time to qualify.
Deshaun Johnson gets a hug from teammate Kyle Pudlowski after winning a match to qualify for the state meet this weekend in Columbia. It’s Johnson’s first time to qualify.

Patton was also happy to see Lynch qualify. The freshman nearly took third place. He trailed Principia’s Hunter Hummell by only three points with 40 seconds left before losing a 10-5 decision.

“Chase Lynch came in and did it all,” Patton said with a smile. “He did great today and yesterday. He surpassed expectations.”

Chase Lynch on the way to beating Jordan Lee of Cleveland NJROTC 8-5.
Chase Lynch on the way to beating Jordan Lee of Cleveland NJROTC 8-5.

State qualifiers

Kyle Pudlowski, senior, record 39-5, second place, 170 pounds:
Bye; pinned Tubias Johnson, Lift for Life, 3:20; pinned Greg Lovegren, Principia, 4:38; lost 14-7 decision to Terrez Taylor, Central New Madrid.

Kyle Pudlowski (right) shakes hands with Terrez Taylor of Central New Madrid during a ceremony before the finals. Pudlowski lost the match to take second place.
Kyle Pudlowski (right) shakes hands with Terrez Taylor of Central New Madrid during a ceremony before the finals. Pudlowski lost the match to take second place.

Gary Silerio, junior, record 42-10, second place, 132 pounds:
Bye; bye; pinned Noah Ostler, Principia, 2:16; pinned in 4:59 by Treyvon Williams, MRH.

Gary Silerio pins Noah Ostler of Principia in 2:16 to reach the chamionship match of the 132-pound weight class.
Gary Silerio pins Noah Ostler of Principia in 2:16 to reach the championship match of the 132-pound weight class.

Alex Patton, senior, record 35-6, third place, 220 pounds:
Bye; pinned Kalvin Williams, Lift for Life, 1:19; lost 6-2 decision to Quintez Binder, Cleveland; pinned Ryan Eisenauer, Principia, 3:56; pinned Zach Frankel, Whitfield, 2:02.

Alex Patton pauses for a few moments after pinning Principia's Ryan Eisenauer to qualify for state. The senior qualified two years ago but narrowly missed it last year.
Alex Patton pauses for a few moments after pinning Principia’s Ryan Eisenauer to qualify for state. The senior qualified two years ago but narrowly missed it last year.

Deshaun Johnson, junior, record 24-27, fourth place, 152 pounds:
Bye; pinned Mickelah Herndon, Cleveland, 0:48; pinned in 1:05 by Sky Darrah, Whitfield; pinned Kory Carter, Lutheran St. Charles, 1:12; pinned in 2:26 by Cole White, Herculaneum.

Deshaun Johnson gets behind Kory Carter of Lutheran St. Charles.
Deshaun Johnson gets behind Kory Carter of Lutheran St. Charles.
Deshaun Johnson pins Kory Carter of Lutheran St. Charles to reach the third-place match at 152 pounds.
Deshaun Johnson pins Kory Carter of Lutheran St. Charles to reach the third-place match at 152 pounds.

Joe Dreyer, junior, record 17-24, fourth place, 182 pounds:
Bye; won 8-2 decision over Chance Gaston, Cleveland; pinned in 0:54 by Taylor Boyce, Whitfield; bye; pinned in 3:37 by Brian Mickle, Central New Madrid.

Joseph Dreyer gets above Brian Mickle of Central New Madrid. Mickle won the match for third place, but Dreyer's fourth-place finish sends him to state for the first time.
Joseph Dreyer gets above Brian Mickle of Central New Madrid. Mickle won the match for third place, but Dreyer’s fourth-place finish sends him to state for the first time.
Joseph Dreyer tries to throw Brian Mickle of Central New Madrid.
Joseph Dreyer tries to throw Brian Mickle of Central New Madrid.

Chase Lynch, freshman, record 25-29, fourth place, 113 pounds:
Bye; pinned Thomas Akins, Central New Madrid, 3:30; pinned in 0:26 by J.R. Ditter, Whitfield; won 8-5 decision over Jordan Lee, Cleveland; lost 10-5 decision to Hunter Hummell, Principia.

Chase Lynch is in control of Jordan Lee of Cleveland NJROTC.
Chase Lynch is in control of Jordan Lee of Cleveland NJROTC.

Nonqualifiers

Julen Stubblefield, freshman, final record 24-19, 106 pounds:
Bye; pinned in 1:03 by Brian Thornton, Lutheran St. Charles; bye; bye; pinned in 2:15 by Caleb Kelly, Principia.

Julen Stubblefield plots his next move against Principia's Caleb Kelly.
Julen Stubblefield plots his next move against Principia’s Caleb Kelly.
Brentwood head coach Roy Hughes consoles Julen Stubblefield after the freshman was eliminated from the district tournament.
Brentwood head coach Roy Hughes consoles Julen Stubblefield after the freshman was eliminated from the district tournament.

Caleb Murphy, freshman, final record 15-31, 120 pounds:
Bye; pinned in 0:13 by Richard Jordan, Whitfield; bye; bye; pinned in 0:51 by Joshua Garner, Cleveland.

Caleb Murphy (right) wrestles Joshua Garner of Cleveland NJROTC.
Caleb Murphy (right) wrestles Joshua Garner of Cleveland NJROTC.

Narvell Jordan, sophomore, final record 27-14, 138 pounds:
Bye; pinned Antonio Norman, Cleveland, 1:02; lost 7-5 decision to Alex Kamau, Principia; pinned in 2:23 by Dillon Liefer, Lutheran St. Charles.

Narvell Jordan is almost upside down against Alex Kamau of Principia.
Narvell Jordan is almost upside down against Alex Kamau of Principia.
Narvell Jordan clashes with Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles.
Narvell Jordan clashes with Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles.

Audrey Brown, junior, final record 13-23, 145 pounds:
Bye; pinned in 0:46 by Barrett Pierce, Principia; bye; bye; pinned in 0:54 by Dashawn Swedlund, MRH.

Audrey Brown was in pain and holding her ribs after losing to Dashawn Swedlund of MRH. Her season ended with a 13-23 record.
Audrey Brown was in pain and holding her ribs after losing to Dashawn Swedlund of MRH. Her season ended with a 13-23 record.

Justin Shipley, sophomore, final record 28-25, 160 pounds:
Bye; won 14-2 major decision over Zack Siebert, MRH; bye; won 10-4 decision over Joshua Hipenbecker, Lutheran North; lost 13-6 decision to Carson Alford, Principia.

Referee Ronald Carr, a BHS graduate, starts the match between Justin Shipley (right) and Lutheran North's Joshua Hipenbecker.
Referee Ronald Carr, a BHS graduate, starts the match between Justin Shipley (right) and Lutheran North’s Joshua Hipenbecker.
Justin Shipley isn't happy about losing to Carson Alford of Principia in a 13-6 decision, narrowly missing qualifying for state.
Justin Shipley isn’t happy about losing to Carson Alford of Principia in a 13-6 decision, narrowly missing qualifying for state.

James Nelson, senior, final record 26-17, 195 pounds:
Bye; pinned in 2:35 by Jacob Bieser, Valle Catholic; bye; pinned in 2:57 by Jacob Johnson, Lutheran North.

James Nelson grapples with Jacob Johnson of Lutheran North.
James Nelson grapples with Jacob Johnson of Lutheran North.
James Nelson plans his next move against Lutheran North's Jacob Johnson, who eventually won.
James Nelson plans his next move against Lutheran North’s Jacob Johnson, who eventually won.

Jordan Roddy, senior, final record 22-10, 285 pounds:
Bye; bye; lost 15-0 technical fall to Keenan Carnes, Cleveland; pinned in 4:00 by Stephen Clark, Central New Madrid.

Jordan Roddy has his hands full against undefeated Keenan Carnes of Cleveland NJROTC. Roddy lost.
Jordan Roddy has his hands full against undefeated Keenan Carnes of Cleveland NJROTC. Roddy lost.
Jordan Roddy faces the final opponent of his high school wrestling career. He lost to Stephen Clark of Central Madrid to be aliminated from the districdt tournament.
Jordan Roddy (left) faces Central New Madrid’s Stephen Clark. Clark pinned Roddy to eliminate the senior from the district tournament and end his high school wrestling career.

Final team scores
1. Whitfield, 233 points
2. Principia, 140
3. Maplewood-Richmond Heights, 118
4. Central New Madrid, 111
5. Brentwood, 96
6. Herculaneum, 72
7. Cleveland NJROTC, 62.5
8. Lutheran St. Charles, 53
9. Lutheran North, 31
10. Lift for Life, 24
11. Hancock, 17
12. Orchard Farm, 15
13. Valle Catholic 10
14. Missouri School for the Blind, 0
15. Transportation and Law, 0

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