Wrestling Team 7-1 Despite Smaller Roster

Brentwood wrestlers laugh at a joke by Chase Lynch (fourth from left) while squatting with their backs against the wall in practice on Thursday. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Brentwood wrestlers laugh at a joke by Chase Lynch (fourth from left) while squatting with their backs against the wall in practice on Thursday. They are (from left) Gary Silerio, Justin Shipley, Deshaun Johnson, Chase Lynch, Joe Dreyer and Ricky McQuay. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Johnson, Silerio, Lynch combine for 47-11

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

Almost three weeks into its schedule, the Brentwood High School wrestling team is doing pretty well, considering.

As they prepare for Saturday’s Brentwood Invitational, the Eagles are 7-1 in dual and tri meets. Their only loss is to fellow Class 1 opponent Principia. They’ve beaten Class 3 Gateway Science and St. Mary’s; Class 2 Christian O’Fallon, John Burroughs, Priory and St. Francis Borgia; and Class 1 Lutheran North.

The Eagles have finished in the middle of the pack in two tournaments — fourth among eight teams at John Burroughs and 10th among 19 at Union.

That’s not bad, considering that, for the first time in years, coach Roy Hughes can’t fill all 14 weight classes. He hasn’t had anyone to compete at 103 pounds and 120 pounds.

“With some kids out because of grades and one or two who just quit, it’s the first year in a long time that I didn’t fill all the weight classes,” said Hughes. “It’s tough to fill 14 weight classes with 22 people.”

It’s no surprise that Brentwood is getting big points from three wrestlers who qualified for the state meet last year: Deshaun Johnson is 17-2, Gary Silerio 16-3 and Chase Lynch 14-6. What is a little surprising are the weight classes they’re in.

Silerio up 3 classes

Silerio is wrestling at 152 pounds, three classes above last year, when he took second at district and eighth at state at 132.

“I gained 20 pounds over the season,” he said. “I didn’t plan to, but I stepped on the scale first day of the season and I had gained 20. Coach Hughes said, ‘You gained 20 pounds!’ I said, ‘Oh my God, I did.’”

Silerio hasn’t exactly struggled at 152. He started out 10-1 and took second place at the John Burroughs Tournament. But he doesn’t plan to stay there long: “I’m trying to get to 145 as soon as possible.”

Team co-captain Gary Silerio meets St. Francis Borgia's captains in a dual meet last week.
Team co-captain Gary Silerio meets St. Francis Borgia’s captains in a dual meet last week.

State losses motivate Johnson

If Silerio descends to 145, Johnson plans to drop from 160 to 152, where last year he was fourth at district.

“As the summer went on I kind of just picked up some weight, it wasn’t really intentional,” said Johnson. “I guess when Gary drops down from 152 to 145 I’ll drop down too.”

Johnson is motivated by having gone 0-2 at state last season, both pins.

“Being at state showed me how much harder I need to work at practice,” he said. “So ever since the season started I’ve been pushing myself a lot more. This is the best start I’ve had.”

Deshaun Johnson rests for a few moments in practice.
Deshaun Johnson rests for a few moments in practice. He has Brentwood’s best record, 17-2.

Lynch’s busy offseason

Lynch also moved up two weight classes over the offseason, though not by accident. He was the Eagles’ best freshman last year, going 25-31 and making the state trip with fourth place at district at 113 pounds. From then until this season he has practiced once or twice a week at Purler Wrestling, which holds training camps in the St. Louis area.

“It helped me big time,” said Lynch. “My stance is better, my neutral game is way better. On top and on bottom I’m exponentially better. Especially technique-wise. Technique is how you can be a great wrestler. You can be strong as an ox but if you don’t know how to finish a single-leg [takedown] you won’t be able to go anywhere.”

Hughes likes Lynch’s dedication. He has seen it in other wrestlers during his 18 years as Brentwood’s head coach and it often yields success.

“Chase Lynch has improved a ton,” Hughes said. “He did a bunch of offseason work. Whenever you find an athlete who gets a passion about the sport that they’re in and they’re willing to put in the extra work, you don’t know where their ceiling is going to be.”

Chase Lynch beats Reid Posinski of St. Francis Borgia last week.
Chase Lynch beats Reid Posinski of St. Francis Borgia last week. The sophomore is 14-6.

Keeping ‘the big picture’

Brentwood is young, with about half the lineup filled by sophomores. The Class 1 Eagles also have a tougher schedule than last year. Hughes dropped the invitational at Class 2 Park Hills and added a more difficult tournament at Class 4 Vianney and a tri-meet with Parkway North and Webster Groves, both Class 3.

Hughes reminds his younger wrestlers to not get discouraged when they lose, and to “keep the big picture.”

“It’s just getting them to understand that it’s a learning experience and about growth now,” he said. “We wrestle teams that are one or two classes above us all the time in hopes that by districts we’re ready to roll. I’d rather have you get to district 5-25 against tough competition and knock yourself into state than to be 25-5 and end up fifth at district.”

Roy Hughes is in his 19th year with the BHS wrestling program, his 18th year as the head coach.
Roy Hughes is in his 19th year with the BHS wrestling program, his 18th year as the head coach.

Brentwood’s record: 7-1 in dual, tri, quad meets
Dec. 1: 1-1 at Principia tri meet, losing to Principia 55-18, beating Priory 39-21
Dec. 3: 2-0 at Brentwood tri meet, beating Gateway 47-24, St. Mary’s 42-27
Dec. 4-5: 4th among 8 at John Burroughs Tournament
Dec. 8: beat St. Francis Borgia 52-12
Dec. 10: 3-0 at quad, beating Hancock 48-24, Christian O’Fallon 57-18, Lutheran North 54-14
Dec. 12: 10th among 19 at Union Tournament
Remaining:
Dec. 19, 8 a.m., Brentwood Invitational
Jan. 7, 4:30 p.m., John Burroughs tri with Chaminade
Jan. 9, 9 a.m., Vianney Tournament
Jan. 13, 5 p.m., Brentwood tri with Clayton, Ladue
Jan. 15-16, St. Charles Invitational
Jan. 21, 5 p.m., tri with Herculaneum, Orchard Farm
Jan. 23, 8 a.m., Lathrop Tournament
Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m., Brentwood tri with Parkway North, Webster Groves
Jan. 28, 5 p.m., Brentwood tri with Cleveland, Lift for Life
Feb. 12-13, Class 1 District 1 championships, Whitfield
Feb. 18-20, Class 1 state championships, Columbia

Brett Sperber (top) tries to control Gary Silerio.
Brett Sperber (top) tries to control Gary Silerio.

BHS varsity lineup
106: Open
113: Neal Bhattacharya, soph, 8-5
120: Open
126: Chase Lynch, soph, 14-6
132: Chrishawn Houston, soph, 8-11
138: Narvell Jordan, jun, 7-7
145: Audrey Brown, sen, 2-9, soph Caleb Murphy or jun Brett Sperber
152: Gary Silerio, sen, 16-3
160 Deshaun Johnson, sen, 17-2 or Tayveon Brown, soph, 7-5
170: Joe Dreyer, sen, 4-6
182: Justin Shipley, jun, 10-3
195: Sam Tilton, sen, 3-3
220: Buddy Karsten, soph, or Donovan Obando , soph, 7-3
285: Ricky McQuay, soph, 13-6

Brentwood wrestlers get a leg workout.
Brentwood wrestlers get a leg workout.

Dec. 12: Union Tournament team finishes
1. Union, 247.5; 2. Branson, 211.5; 3. Blair Oaks, 178.5; 4. St. Clair, 178; 5. Holt, 139.5; 6. Logan-Rogersville, 137; 7. Fort Zumwalt East, 115.5; 8. Winfield, 93; 9. McCluer, 85; 10. Brentwood, 83; 11. Fatima, 76; 12. Christian, 46; 13. Lutheran South, 39; 14. Hancock, 37.5; 15. Union JV, 31; 16. Holt JV, 27.5; 17. Branson JV, 26; 18. Fort Zumwalt East JV, 18.5; 19. Fatima JV, 4.

Union Tournament, Brentwood individual results

126 — Chase Lynch (14-6) placed 7th and scored 6 team points. He pinned Hancock’s Daniel Brunts (1-8) in 3:21; lost a 15-4 major decision to Branson’s Nate Halliburton (5-7); lost 9-8 in tiebreaker to Holt JV’s Jordan James (13-1) in a quarterfinal; was pinned in 2:30 by Logan-Rogersville’s Isaiah Smythe (6-3) in consolation Round 1; and in the seventh-place match pinned Holt’s Drew Burns (3-6) in 2:33.

132 — Chrishawn Houston (8-11) placed 11th and scored 1 team point. He was pinned in 2:50 by McCluer’s Darrius Weatherspoon (1-6); was pinned in 1:09 by Branson’s Hunter Holderfield (9-3); was pinned in 2:41 by Hancock’s Trey Dittrich (9-5); was pinned in 0:36 by Winfield’s Sam Miller (6-5); and won an 18-8 major decision over Lutheran South’s Andrew Ladage (3-12).

138 — Narvell Jordan (7-7) placed 8th and scored 3 team points. He pinned Hancock’s Austin Ferndo (4-7) in 2:52; was pinned in 5:22 by Branson’s Jacob Ulrich (10-2); lost a technical fall, 15-0, to Winfield’s Kai Rogers (10-1) in a quarterfinal; lost a 9-0 major decision to Logan-Rogersville’s Jamieson Reaves (6-3); and in the seventh-place match was pinned in 4:44 by Blair Oaks’s Bo Thomas (5-4).

Narvell Jordan takes on a Lutheran St. Charles wrestler at last season's district tournament.
Narvell Jordan takes on a Lutheran St. Charles wrestler at last season’s district tournament.

145 — Audrey Brown (2-9) placed 12th and scored no team points. She was pinned in 1:00 by Hancock’s Andres Mancilla (5-4); was pinned in 0:49 by Union’s Tyler Pace (9-3); was pinned in 0:55 by Branson’s Collin Andrews (3-6); was pinned in 1:03 by Holt JV’s Luke Altmann (2-9); and was pinned in 1:22 by Logan-Rogersville’s Kyle Spencer (3-6).

Audrey Brown wins a forfeit against St. Francis Borgia.
Audrey Brown wins a forfeit against St. Francis Borgia.

152 — Gary Silerio (16-3) placed 5th and scored 13 team points. He lost a 10-9 decision to Union JV’s Beau Campbell (9-4); pinned McCluer’s Markell Hall (2-10) in 0:49; was pinned in 2:40 by Fatima’s Caleb Schroeder (12-1) in a quarterfinal; pinned Branson’s Jon Bui (1-4) in 1:03; and in the fifth-place match pinned Blair Oaks’s Clayton Roling (2-3) in 1:51.

160 — Deshaun Johnson (17-2) placed 3rd and scored 23 team points. He pinned St. Clair’s Spier Rowan (3-8) in 1:25; pinned Fatima JV’s Johnny Minder (2-3) in 0:17; pinned McCluer’s Albert Brown (1-9) in 0:53 in a quarterfinal; was pinned in 3:08 by Union’s Haiden Meyer (9-5) in a semifinal; and pinned Logan-Rogersville’s Devon Vickery (5-4) in 1:49 for third place.

Deshaun Johnson (right) receives a medal for third place at the Union Tournament.
Deshaun Johnson (right) receives a medal for third place at the Union Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Roy Hughes)

170 — Tayveon Brown (7-5) placed 9th and scored 4 team points. He was pinned in 3:20 by Union JV’s Tyler Rock (9-4); lost by technical fall, 19-4 at 5:11, to Fort Zumwalt East JV’s Keith Lawrence (4-1); was pinned in 2:41 by Logan-Rogersville’s Tim Hoffman (3-4); received a bye; and pinned Lutheran South’s Hunter Hickerson (7-10) in 1:48.

Tayveon Brown warms up before a meet by sparring with Gary Silerio.
Tayveon Brown warms up before a meet by sparring with Gary Silerio.

195 — Sam Tilton (3-3) placed 4th and scored 11 team points. He was pinned in 5:37 by St. Clair’s Josh Richards (10-3); was pinned in 1:18 by McCluer’s Mario Hubbard (5-4); pinned Lutheran South’s Seth Day (0-5) in 1:41; pinned Branson’s Jordan Hall (2-5) in 5:24; and was pinned in 1:44 by Union’s Dylan Ahern (14-1).

Sam Tilton in practice.
Sam Tilton in practice.

220 — Donovan Obando (7-3) placed 9th and scored 6 team points. He was pinned in 2:11 by St. Clair’s Josh Johnson (9-5); was pinned in 0:59 by Hancock’s James Heintzmann (8-4); won by injury default against Lutheran South’s August Hummert (3-9); and received two byes.

Donovan Obando (left) and Chrishawn Houston run in practice.
Donovan Obando (left) and Chrishawn Houston run in practice.

285 — Ricky McQuay (13-6) placed 4th and scored 16 team points. He received two byes; won a 7-4 decision over Lutheran South’s Jacob Sherrill (2-3) in a quarterfinal; was pinned in 0:37 by Branson’s David Stacey (7-4) in a semifinal; and in the third-place match was pinned in 1:05 by Holt’s Kaleb Bryant.

Ricky McQuay wins a forfeit against St. Francis Borgia.
Ricky McQuay wins a forfeit against St. Francis Borgia. The sophomore is 13-6 at 285 pounds.

Dec. 10: Tri meet
Brentwood went 3-0, beating Hancock 48-24, Christian O’Fallon 57-18 and Lutheran North 54-14.
BHS winners vs. Hancock:
113: Neal Bhattacharya by forfeit
126: Chase Lynch pinned Daniel Brunts, 4:31
152: Gary Silerio pinned Zach Sanders, 2:19
160: Deshaun Johnson pinned Hassan Biglari, 0:42
182: Justin Shipley by forfeit
195: Sam Tilton by forfeit
220: Donovan Obando by forfeit
285: Ricky McQuay by forfeit
BHS winners vs. Christian:
113: Neal Bhattacharya by forfeit
126: Chase Lynch by forfeit
138: Chrishawn Houston major decision, 9-1, over Connor Davey
152: Gary Silerio technical fall, 17-1 at 3:24, over Jacob Ottenlips
160: Tayveon Brown by forfeit
170: Deshaun Johnson pinned Clay Culwell, 0:27
182: Justin Shipley pinned Blake Ayers, 2:34
195: Sam Tilton by forfeit
220: Donovan Obando pinned Colin Kissell, 2:32
285: Ricky McQuay by forfeit
BHS winners vs. Lutheran North
113: Neal Bhattacharya by forfeit
126: Chase Lynch by forfeit
138: Chrishawn Houston pinned Jason Kirk, 1:12
145: Audrey Brown by forfeit
152: Gary Silerio by forfeit
160: Deshaun Johnson by forfeit
182: Justin Shipley by forfeit
220: Donovan Obando by forfeit

Joe Dreyer runs in practice. After qualifying for state last year has missed two tournaments because of an elbow injury.
Joe Dreyer runs in practice. After qualifying for state last year the senior has had a slow start, missing two tournaments because of an elbow injury.

Dec. 8: Brentwood beat Borgia 52-12
BHS winners:
132: Chase Lynch major decision, 12-1, over Reid Posinski
145: Audrey Brown by forfeit
152: Gary Silerio by forfeit
160: Tayveon Brown by forfeit
170: Deshaun Johnson pinned Brayden Frankenberg, 0:35
182: Justin Shipley pinned Bailey Kruse, 3:25
195: Sam Tilton by forfeit
220: Donovan Obando by forfeit
285: Ricky McQuay by forfeit

Justin Shipley beats Bailey Kruze of St. Francis Borgia.
Justin Shipley works toward pinning Bailey Kruse of St. Francis Borgia. Shipley is 10-3.

Dec. 4-5: John Burroughs Tournament
Brentwood placed fourth among eight teams. To see the Brentwood Spirit article, click here.

The Eagles jog laps around the wrestling room at BHS on Thursday.
Running laps around the wrestling room during practice Thursday are (from left) Caleb Murphy, Ricky McQuay, Alex Arndt and Sam Tilton.

Dec. 3: Brentwood tri meet
Brentwood went 2-0, beating Gateway Science 47-24 and St. Mary’s 42-27.
BHS winners vs. Gateway Science:
132: Chase Lynch technical fall, 18-1 at 5:32, over Niquel Powell
145: Narvell Jordan pinned Raymond Chambers, 0:50
152: Gary Silerio by forfeit
160: Deshaun Johnson by forfeit
170: Tayveon Brown by forfeit
182: Justin Shipley pinned Charles McClendon, 1:25
220: Buddy Karsten pinned Davante Paster, 3:36
285: Ricky McQuay by forfeit
BHS winners vs. St. Mary’s:
113: Neal Bhattacharya by forfeit
132: Chrishawn Houston pinned Noel Nothesis, 1:47
138: Narvell Jordan pinned Ben Schicker, 0:40
145: Caleb Murphy by forfeit
152: Gary Silerio pinned Brendan Wolf, 3:22
160: Deshaun Johnson pinned Will Menendez, 0:55
170: Joe Dreyer by forfeit

Neal Bhattacharya takes on Adam Hellebusch of St. Francis Borgia.
Neal Bhattacharya takes on Adam Hellebusch of St. Francis Borgia.

Dec. 1: Principia tri meet
Brentwood went 1-1, losing to Principia 55-18 and beating Priory 39-21.
BHS winners vs. Principia:
113: Neal Bhattacharya by forfeit
160: Tayveon Brown beat William Buchanan by DQ
285: Ricky McQuay pinned Camdin Teagardin, 1:36
BHS winners vs. Priory:
113: Bhattacharya 17-12 decision over Joe Pruitt
132: Chase Lynch pinned Matt McNieve, 1:45
138: Chrishawn Houston by forfeit
160: Deshaun Johnson pinned Nathan Abad, 1:56
170: Joe Dreyer pinned Zac Warr, 3:29
220: Buddy Karsten pinned Brett Wang, 5:05
285: Ricky McQuay by forfeit

Coach Roy Hughes speaks with Chrishawn Houston after practice on Thursday.
Coach Roy Hughes speaks with Chrishawn Houston after practice on Thursday.

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