Johnson’s 35 Pins Are BHS Season Record

Deshaun Johnson works toward pinning Mark Harris of Lift for Life on Jan. 28 at Brentwood High School.
Deshaun Johnson works toward pinning Mark Harris of Lift for Life on Jan. 28 at Brentwood High School. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Eagles end regular season 15-2; district is Feb. 12-13

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

Three years is a long time for a high school student. For Deshaun Johnson it’s a looooooong time.

Johnson is a senior on the Brentwood High School wrestling team. Recently he broke the school record for most pins in a season. On Jan. 23 at the Lathrop Tournament he recorded his 32nd fall, tying Joe Howard’s record from 2009-10. Then last week he added three more pins in the final two meets of the regular season.

Heading into the postseason district tournament on Feb. 12-13 he has the Eagles’ best record, 40-5, with 35 of the victories from pins.

Most senior wrestlers with 40 wins have been to several state meets. Not Johnson. He qualified for the first time last year. In fact, this is the first season he will complete with a winning record. He was 24-29 as a junior and 21-23 as a sophomore. Don’t bother asking him what his record was as a freshman. That was a loooooong time ago.

“I don’t remember my record my freshman year, because we don’t want to dwell in the past,” Johnson said. “I just remember getting really frustrated losing over and over again and seeing my freshman friends winning their matches.”

Deshaun Johnson as a freshman in 2012 at the Brentwood Invitational.
Deshaun Johnson as a freshman in 2012 at the Brentwood Invitational.

Turning point

Johnson’s turning point might have been last year at the district meet. He entered the event with a losing record and remembering his two-pins-and-out performance there the year before. But this time he was ready. He pinned his first opponent in 48 seconds, lost his second match and pinned Kory Carter of Lutheran St. Charles to guarantee himself a first trip to state.

He won no matches at state but came out for wrestling this season deeply motivated to improve.

“Ever since the season started, trying to improve on last year, I was just telling myself to expand on the opportunity when I get the chance,” said Johnson. “That’s how I’ve been pinning every guy I’ve been wrestling in the first period and second period. Before I knew it, the coach told me I was getting close to the record.”

His record-setting performance since then shows he wasn’t kidding. For instance, last year he lost twice to Cole White of Herculaneum, including a pin in the match for third place at district. This year Johnson has pinned White twice.

“It was a friendly rivalry until I beat him this year,” said Johnson.

Asked how a guy with no previous winning seasons can set a school record for pins, BHS coach Roy Hughes replied, “Hard work, focus, determination, making a commitment and working really hard towards it — all the things wrestling is about. And there are good guys around him pushing him.”

Brentwood coach Roy Hughes at the senior night meet last week.
Brentwood coach Roy Hughes at the senior night meet last week with Cleveland and Lift for Life. Said Hughes, “Gary [Silerio] is doing great. Chase [Lynch] is really turning it up. Narvell [Jordan] is doing well. The whole team is doing well. Everybody is improving, everybody is learning.”
Silerio wants 4th trip to Columbia

Senior Gary Silerio has Brentwood’s second best record, 36-8. He’ll take it to the district meet at Whitfield hoping to qualify for state in Columbia for the fourth year.

He said district has been the setting of both his best and worst wrestling memories. His biggest victory so far is “the time I was on my back losing super bad at district my freshman year” before he recovered and went on to take fourth.

His worst loss was being pinned by Treyvon Williams of Maplewood-Richmond Heights at district last year when the score was tied. Silerio still took fourth place and went to state, but at the time he voiced a thought that might be running through his head at Whitfield again this year.

“The past two years I took fourth here,” Silerio said after the 2015 match. “I’ve been thinking that something’s gotta change.”

Gary Silerio (bottom) and Cleveland's Antonio Norman await the referee's signal to begin in a meet last week.
In this photo and the one below, Gary Silerio (in purple and gold) clashes with Cleveland’s Antonio Norman.

SJB_4113 Gary Silerio vs Antonio Norman, Cleveland

Brentwood win-loss records as of Jan. 30
Seniors: Deshaun Johnson, 40-5; Gary Silerio, 36-8; Sam Tilton, 19-10; Joseph Dreyer, 14-18; Audrey Brown, 7-13.
Juniors: Justin Shipley, 27-11; Narvell Jordan, 19-13; Justin Harris, 12-5; Brett Sperber, 3-4.
Sophomores: Chase Lynch, 31-16; Richard McQuay, 27-18; Tayveon Brown, 20-13; Neal Bhattacharya, 17-20; Buddy Karsten, 13-15; Donovan Obando, 12-11; Chrishawn Houston, 9-14; Caleb Murphy, 9-17; Zach Arrindell, 4-4; Brandon Gordon, 2-5.
Freshmen: Alex Arndt, 1-7; Jason Gordon, 0-3.

Sam Tilton and his mother Becky are honored at senior night.
Sam Tilton and his mother Becky are honored at senior night.
Joseph Dreyer and his parents Karl and Karen.
Joseph Dreyer and his parents Karl and Karen.
Wrestling assistant Rachel Wojdyla and her mother Jolette are honored on senior night.
Wrestling assistant Rachel Wojdyla and her mother Jolette are honored on senior night.
Wrestler Audrey Brown and her father Tim Thuston on senior night.
Wrestler Audrey Brown and her father Tim Thuston on senior night.
Gary Silerio and his mother Kristine Thompson on senior night.
Gary Silerio and his mother Kristine Thompson on senior night.
Deshaun Johnson and his mother Alicia Hooper on senior night.
Deshaun Johnson and his mother Alicia Hooper on senior night.

Jan. 28: beat Lift for Life 48-30
106: Tyree Burrage, LFL, won forfeit
113: Julian Jones, LFL, pinned Neal Bhattacharya, 1:36
120: Double forfeit
126: Chase Lynch, Brentwood, pinned Buck Harden, 3:21
132: Justin Harris, Brentwood, pinned Joseph Graham, 1:46
138: Caleb Murphy, Brentwood, won forfeit
145: Gary Silerio, Brentwood, won forfeit
152: Audrey Brown, Brentwood, won forfeit
160: Deshaun Johnson, Brentwood, pinned Mark Harris, 3:21
170: Tubias Johnson, LFL, pinned Joseph Dreyer, 4:50
182: Justin Shipley, Brentwood, won forfeit
195: Darrion Glover, LFL, pinned SamTilton, 3:15
220: Kenneth Hall, LFL, pinned Donovan Obando, 1:54
285: Richard McQuay, Brentwood, won forfeit

In this photo and the one below, Sam Tilton battles Darrion Glover of Lift for Life.
In this photo and the one below, Sam Tilton battles Darrion Glover of Lift for Life.

SJB_3807 Sam Tilton vs Darrion Glover, LFL

Jan. 28: beat Cleveland NJROTC 63-9
106: Double forfeit
113: Neal Bhattacharya, Brentwood, won forfeit
120: Kyler Gianformaggio, Cleveland, won forfeit
126: Joshua Garner, Cleveland, 10-8 decision over Chase Lynch
132: Justin Harris, Brentwood, pinned Jordan Lee, 3:04
138: Caleb Murphy, Brentwood, won forfeit
145: Gary Silerio, Brentwood, pinned Nashoba Moore, 2:26
152: Deshaun Johnson, Brentwood, won forfeit
160: Tayveon Brown, Brentwood, won forfeit
170: Joseph Dreyer, Brentwood, won forfeit
182: Justin Shipley, Brentwood, pinned Chance Gaston, 1:24
195: Sam Tilton, Brentwood, pinned Austin Heflin, 0:34
220: Donovan Obando, Brentwood, won forfeit
285: Richard McQuay, Brentwood, 2-1 decision over Ralph Vastine

Audrey Brown wins points for Brentwood when Lift for Life forfeits at 145 points.
Audrey Brown wins points for Brentwood when Lift for Life forfeits at 152 points.

Jan. 27: lost to Parkway North 42-36
106: Alex Rosenblum, PN, won forfeit
113: Skyler Reinke, PN, pinned Neal Bhattacharya
120: Bailey Tucker, PN, won forfeit
126: Chase Lynch, BHS, 13-8 decision over Tyler Dekeyrel
132: Justin Harris, BHS, 9-2 decision over Erik Noble
138: Hunter Ring, PN, pinned Caleb Murphy
145: Gary Silerio, BHS, won forfeit
152: Deshaun Johnson, BHS, pinned Brandon Williams
160: Tayveon Brown, BHS, won forfeit
170: Myron Crawford, PN, pinned Joseph Dreyer
182: Justin Shipley, BHS, won forfeit
195: Cameron Schoene, PN, pinned Sam Tilton
220: Justin Scheffer, PN, pinned Donovan Obando
285: Richard McQuay, BHS, won forfeit

In this photo and the one below, Joseph Dreyer (right) takes on Tubias Johnson of Lift for Life.
Here and in the photo below, Joseph Dreyer (right) takes on Tubias Johnson of Lift for Life.

SJB_3967 Joe Dreyer vs Tubias Johnson, LFL

Jan. 27: beat Webster Groves 41-32
106: Double forfeit
113: Neal Bhattacharya, BHS, won forfeit
120: Tyler Davis, WG, won forfeit
126: Chase Lynch, BHS, 17-0 Tech. fall over Trevor Mahoney
132: Justin Harris, BHS, pinned Eric Pettibone, 2:58
138: Luke Roemerman, WG, pinned Caleb Murphy, 3:55
145: Gary Silerio, BHS, pinned Ian Weber, 1:16
152: Deshaun Johnson, BHS, pinned Tyron Fantroy, 1:15
160: Noah Perkins, WG, pinned Brandon Gordon, 0:37
170: Joseph Dryer, BHS, pinned Benjamin Hardin, 2:10
182: Marcel Jones, WG, 9-2 decision over Justin Shipley
195: Ryan Gardiner, WG, 15-0 Tech. fall over Sam Tilton
220: Temitayo Sobamowo, WG, pinned Donovan Obando, 1:56
285: Richard McQuay, BHS, won forfeit

Here and in the photo below, Chase Lynch wrestles Buck Harden of Lift for Life.
Here and in the photo below, Chase Lynch wrestles Buck Harden of Lift for Life.

SJB_3898 Chase Lynch vs Buck Harden, LFL

Roy Hughes questions a referee during Chase Lynch's match with Cleveland's Joshua Garner.
Roy Hughes questions a referee during Chase Lynch’s match with Cleveland’s Joshua Garner.

Brentwood’s varsity record: 15-2 in dual, tri, quad meets
Dec. 1: 1-1 at Principia tri, losing to Principia 55-18, beating Priory 39-21
Dec. 3: 2-0 at Brentwood tri, 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
Dec. 19, 2nd among 10 at Brentwood Invitational
Jan. 7: 2-0 at John Burroughs tri, beating Chaminade 57-11, Burroughs 42-29
Jan. 9: 3rd among 8 at St. John Vianney Tournament
Jan. 13: 3-0 at quad, beating Clayton 54-24, Ladue 54-30, Normandy 66-12
Jan. 15-16: 19th among 24 teams at St. Charles Invitational Tournament
Jan. 23: 9th among 17 at Lathrop Invitational
Jan. 27: 1-1 at Webster Groves tri, losing to Parkway North 42-36, beating WG 41-32
Jan. 28: 2-0 at Brentwood tri, beating Lift for Life 48-30 and Cleveland 63-9
Remaining:
Feb. 1, Priory freshmen invitational
Feb. 12-13, Class 1 District 1 championships, Whitfield
Feb. 18-20, Class 1 state championships, Columbia

Justin Shipley warms up with Gary Silerio before the senior night meet.
Justin Shipley warms up with Gary Silerio before the senior night meet.
Justin Shipley wrestles Chance Gaston of Cleveland.
Justin Shipley wrestles Chance Gaston of Cleveland.
In this photo and the one below, Donovan Obando goes against Kenneth Hall of Lift for Life.
In this photo and the one below, Donovan Obando goes against Kenneth Hall of Lift for Life.

SJB_3832 Donovan Obando vs Kenneth Hall, LFL

Here and in the photo below, Justin Harris beats Jordan Lee of Cleveland.
Here and in the photo below, Justin Harris beats Jordan Lee of Cleveland.

SJB_4092 Justin Harris vs Jordan Lee, Cleveland

Neal Bhattacharya gets advice from Roy Hughes before his match with Lift for Life's Julian Jones.
Neal Bhattacharya gets advice from Roy Hughes before his match with Lift for Life’s Julian Jones.
Neal Bhattacharya looks for an opening against Julian Jones of Lift for Life.
Neal Bhattacharya looks for an opening against Julian Jones of Lift for Life.
Richard McQuay (left) tries to steer Cleveland's Ralph Vastine.
Richard McQuay (left) tries to steer Cleveland’s Ralph Vastine.
Roy Hughes demonstrates a hold to Richard McQuay during his match with Cleveland's Ralph Vastine.
Roy Hughes demonstrates a hold to Richard McQuay during his match with Cleveland’s Ralph Vastine.
Richard McQuay (top) brings down Ralph Vastine of Cleveland.
Richard McQuay (top) brings down Ralph Vastine of Cleveland.
Caleb Murphy wins a forfeit over Cleveland.
Caleb Murphy wins a forfeit over Cleveland.
Tayveon Brown wins a forfeit vs. Cleveland.
Tayveon Brown scores ponts for his team by winning a forfeit vs. Cleveland.

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