6 BHS Wrestlers Qualify for State Meet

Narvell Jordan works toward a pin of Cleveland's Nashoba Moore.
Narvell Jordan works toward a pin of Cleveland’s Nashoba Moore. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Silerio takes 2nd, Jordan and Obando 3rd

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

Six wrestlers from Brentwood High School qualified for this week’s state meet by placing in the top four in their weight classes Saturday at the Class 1 District 1 championships at the Whitfield School.

Headed to Mizzou Arena in Columbia this weekend are seniors Gary Silerio and Deshaun Johnson, juniors Narvell Jordan and Justin Shipley and sophomores Donovan Obando and Ricky McQuay. Silerio took second place at 145 pounds, Jordan third at 138, Obando third at 220, Johnson fourth at 152 and McQuay fourth at 285.

It will be Silerio’s fourth state meet and Johnson’s second, and everyone else’s first trip.

Four other wrestlers didn’t qualify for state but scored points to help Brentwood finish third among 15 schools, BHS’s highest team finish in at least several years. They were Chase Lynch at 126 pounds, Justin Harris at 132, Tayveon Brown at 160 and Joe Dreyer at 170. Lynch and Dreyer went to state last year.

“I’ll take third,” said BHS coach Roy Hughes. “Everybody pulled together. The younger guys wrestled well. We had some surprises, a couple of guys who came up a little bit short. But I’m not any less proud of them, because everybody put everything they had on the mat and worked as hard as they could and that’s all you can ask as a coach.”

Assistant coach Mic Boshans (left) and head coach Roy Hughes watch Deshaun Johnson wrestle Barrett Pierce of Principia.
Assistant coach Mic Boshans (left) and head coach Roy Hughes watch Deshaun Johnson wrestle Barrett Pierce of Principia.

Senior Sam Tilton would have competed at 195 pounds but separated his shoulder in practice last Tuesday.

“I was pretty frustrated because I knew I could make it to state this year,” Tilton said Saturday, his arm in a sling. “But I’m kind of done being mad about it, there’s nothing that can be done about it now. I ended up with 20-some wins, which is much better than the combined 10 wins I had in past seasons.”

The Class 1 District 1 tournament was once again held at the Whitfield School in Creve Coeur.
The Class 1 District 1 tournament was held at the Whitfield School in Creve Coeur on Friday and Saturday.

Gary Silerio, 2nd place, 145 pounds

Silerio missed his first district title by two points, losing 6-5 to Matt Green of Maplewood-Richmond Heights in the championship match. It’s the second time this season he has lost to Green by a point.

“I’m not upset because he gave me a good match,” said Silerio, 37-9. “The first time we wrestled I feel like he was stalling most of the time.”

Silerio went 1-2 at state last year.

“I know I’ve got to work harder,” he said. “I’ve got a week to prepare.”

Gary Silerio tries to pin Dillion Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles. Silerio won with a major decision.
Gary Silerio tries to pin Dillion Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles. Silerio won 11-3.
Gary Silerio (right) reacts angrily to being hit in the face with an elbow by Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles. Referee Silerio won 11-3 but
As their match ends, Gary Silerio (right) angrily tries to approach his opponent, Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles, but is stopped by referee Ronald Carr. Silerio later said he got angry because Liefer’s elbow hit his face. “I think he was mad at me because I shot for his ankle after the whistle blew, but I thought it was the whistle for the other match,” said Silerio.

Narvell Jordan, 3rd place, 138 pounds

Jordan has been one win away from qualifying for state the past two years. It started out badly for him on Saturday when he lost his first match due to injury — he temporarily passed out due to a hold by his opponent. But he worked his way through the loser’s bracket with two pins, the second coming when Principia’s Noah Ostler was beating him 5-4.

“I saw I was down by one point and I knew I needed to do something,” said Jordan, 19-14. “I waited for him to put pressure on me then I used his momentum to pin him.”

Said Hughes, “He was the No. 2 seed and then passed out and lost that first match. But he came back, worked his way through and took third. We argued about that second-place spot in the seeding meeting and Narvell showed that he was the better wrestler, at least today.”

Narvell Jordan receives his third-place medal.
Narvell Jordan receives his third-place medal.

Donovan Obando, 3rd place, 220 pounds

Obando outwrestled teammate Buddy Karsten early last week to win the starting spot for district at 220. Neither knew at the time that whoever went to district would receive byes in the first and second rounds, qualifying for state without breaking a sweat. But Obando, 9-12, showed he belonged when, in the match for the third-place medal, he pinned Lutheran St. Charles’s Dillan Williams in 20 seconds.

“It’s shocking,” said Obando with a wry smile. “I’m very shocked.”

Said Hughes, “Donovan has been sharing the spot back and forth with Buddy and ended up winning the spot this week. We’ve talked a lot about hitting your peak at the right time.”

Donovan Obando receives his first district medal.
Donovan Obando receives his first district medal.

Justin Shipley, 3rd place, 182 pounds

Shipley was the only Eagle to post three pins at the tournament. Now he’s going to his first state tournament, an event he’s never attended even as a spectator.

“I haven’t been there before but I heard it’s pretty crazy,” he said. “I know it’s at Mizzou and there are a bunch of mats, at least four.”

Justin Shipley controls Chance Gaston of Cleveland NJROTC. Shipley pinned Gaston for the third-place medal.
Justin Shipley controls Chance Gaston of Cleveland NJROTC. Shipley pinned Gaston for the third-place medal.

Deshaun Johnson, 4th place, 152 pounds

Entering the district tournament with nearly 40 wins, Johnson was the No. 1 seed at 152. He opened with a pin but then was upset 6-3 by Principia’s Barrett Pierce.

“I was the top seed but that’s how it is with wrestling sometimes,” said Johnson. “I lost against Principia, a guy I had never wrestled, though I had beaten guys who had beaten him.”

Johnson rebounded quickly, with a 37-second pin, before losing the third-place medal to “my buddy Cole White of Herculaneum, who beat me last year at district for third place and then I beat him both times earlier this season. He’s a good friend of mine so I don’t really have much animosity toward him.”

Deshaun Johnson spins to get behind Principia's Barrett Pierce. Pierce won 6-3.
Deshaun Johnson spins to get behind Principia’s Barrett Pierce. Pierce won 6-3.

Ricky McQuay, 4th place, 285 pounds

McQuay clinched his first state trip with a 13-6 decision over Herculaneum’s Damion Koyn, a guy who pinned him when they last met. This time McQuay won with “Bear hug, bear hug, bear hug. That’s pretty much all I used.”

Said Hughes, “Ricky and Donovan were both unknowns this season – I didn’t know how they’d do. We’ve talked a lot about hitting your peak at the right time and they’re close to it. I hope it’s not until next weekend.”

Ricky McQuay tries to upend Herculaneum's Damion Koyn. McQuay won 13-6.
Ricky McQuay tries to upend Herculaneum’s Damion Koyn. McQuay won 13-6.

Class 1 District 1 tournament team scores
1. Whitfield 240 points
2. Central (New Madrid County) 120
3. Brentwood, 103.5
4. MRH, 99
5. Lift for Life, 97.5
6. Principia 89
7. Lutheran St. Charles 78
8. Herculaneum 48
9. Hancock 45
10. Cleveland 44.5
11. Lutheran North 35
12. Valle Catholic 20
13. Missouri School for the Blind 0
14. Orchard Farm 0
15. Transportation and Law 0

BHS team finishes at district
2016: 3rd, 103.5 points, 6 qualifiers
2015: 5th, 96 pts, 6 qualifiers
2014: 4th, 104 pts, 6 qualifiers

Ronald Carr (middle) speaks with Brentwood coach Roy Hughes after Gary Silerio's match with Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles. Carr is a BHS graduate and former state gold medalist in wrestling.
Ronald Carr (middle) speaks with Brentwood coach Roy Hughes after Gary Silerio’s match with Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles. Carr is a BHS graduate and former first-place state medalist in wrestling.

113 pounds — Neal Bhattacharya (10-22) went 0-2: bye; pinned in 1:33 by MRH’s Ronald Stewart (43-3); bye; bye; pinned in 2:15 by Lift for Life’s Julian Jones (19-7).

Neal Bhattacharya wrestles Julian Jones of Lift for Life, who won with a pin.
Neal Bhattacharya wrestles Julian Jones of Lift for Life, who won with a pin.
Neal Bhattacharya wrestles Lift for Life's Julian Jones.
Neal Bhattacharya wrestles Lift for Life’s Julian Jones.

126 pounds — Chase Lynch (28-18) went 1-2 and scored 4 team points: bye; 13-7 decision over Hancock’s Tristin Benson (15-7); pinned in 3:18 by MRH’s Romelle Person (41-3); lost 8-3 decision to Cleveland’s Joshua Garner.

Chase Lynch competes against Romelle Person of MRH. Person won the match.
Chase Lynch competes against Romelle Person of MRH. Person won the match.
Chase Lynch faces Joshua Garner of Cleveland. Garner won 8-3.
Chase Lynch faces Joshua Garner of Cleveland. Garner won 8-3.

132 pounds — Justin Harris (11-7) went 1-2 and scored 4 team points: bye; lost 7-3 decision to Hancock’s Thomas Tre Dittrich (33-16); bye; pinned Herculaneum’s Drew Gibson (3-28) in 0:40; lost 11-6 decision to Whitfield’s Ethan Hovis (19-31).

Justin Harris lifts Ethan Hovis of Whitfield, who won the match 11-6.
Justin Harris lifts Ethan Hovis of Whitfield, who won the match 11-6.
 Justin Harris works on Whitfield's Ethan Hovis.
Justin Harris works on Whitfield’s Ethan Hovis.

138 pounds — Narvell Jordan (19-14) went 3-1, placed third and scored 15 team points: bye; lost due to injury in 0:23 to Central New Madrid County’s Jacob Keene (14-21); bye; pinned Cleveland’s Nashoba Moore (4-15) in 0:34; pinned Principia’s Noah Ostler (21-16) in 4:10; 14-5 major decision over Hancock’s Ashton Wynn (11-6).

Narvell Jordan locks on to the leg of Hancock's Ashton Wynn. Jordan won 11-6.
Narvell Jordan locks on to the leg of Hancock’s Ashton Wynn. Jordan won 11-6.

145 pounds — Gary Silerio (37-9) went 2-1, placed second and scored 19 team points: bye; pinned Whitfield’s Mahyar Moshiri (2-4) in 1:59; 11-3 major decision over Lutheran St. Charles’s Dillon Liefer (26-16); lost 6-5 decision to MRH’s Matt Green (36-5).

Gary Silerio wears his second-place medal.
Gary Silerio wears his second-place medal.

152 pounds — Deshaun Johnson (39-7) went 2-2, placed fourth and scored 13 team points: bye; pinned Cleveland’s Lawrence Bourrage (18-12) in 1:56; lost 6-3 decision to Principia’s Barrett Pierce (24-14); pinned Lutheran North’s Jaachi David (9-4) in 0:37; and was pinned in 2:22 by Herculaneum’s Cole White (25-10).

Deshaun Johnson gets atop Barrett Pierce of Principia. Pierce won 6-3.
Deshaun Johnson gets atop Barrett Pierce of Principia. Pierce won 6-3.
Deshaun Johnson has just received his fourth-place medal.
Deshaun Johnson wears his fourth-place medal.

160 pounds — Tayveon Brown (18-15) went 2-2 and scored 5.5 team points: bye; lost 22-9 major decision to Lift for Life’s Mark Harris (10-5); 20-5 technical fall at 5:00 over Missouri School for the Blind’s Zyshaun Cross-Williams (12-3); pinned Central New Madrid County’s Jaylon Newsome (10-21) in 2:47; and was pinned in 0:49 by Lutheran St. Charles’s Kory Carter (32-15).

Tayveon Brown gets ready to shoot for a takedown of Missouri School for the Blind's Zyshaun Cross-Williams. Brown won 20-5.
Tayveon Brown gets ready to shoot for a takedown of Missouri School for the Blind’s Zyshaun Cross-Williams. Brown won 20-5.
Tayveon Brown controls Zyshaun Cross-Williams of Missouri School for the Blind.
Tayveon Brown controls Zyshaun Cross-Williams of Missouri School for the Blind.

170 pounds — Joe Dreyer (11-20) went 1-2 and scored 4 team points: bye; pinned in 2:52 by Lift for Life’s Tubias Johnson (14-5); bye; pinned Lutheran St. Charles’s Max Taksel-Fukushim (13-7) in 1:50; and was pinned in 1:41 by Hancock’s Devin Schlereth (19-14).

Joe Dreyer pins Max Taksel-Fukushim of Lutheran St. Charles.
Joe Dreyer after pinning Max Taksel-Fukushim of Lutheran St. Charles.
Joe Dreyer takes on Devin Schlereth of Hancock. Schlereth won the match.
Joe Dreyer takes on Devin Schlereth of Hancock. Schlereth won the match.
Coach Roy Hughes consoles Joe Dreyer after the senior was eliminated from the district tournament.
Coach Roy Hughes consoles Joe Dreyer after the senior was eliminated from the district tournament.

182 pounds — Justin Shipley (26-12) went 3-1, placed third and scored 18 team points: bye; pinned Lutheran St. Charles’s Elliot Huff (10-16) in 3:02; was pinned in 4:30 by Central New Madrid County’s Brian Mickle (26-18); pinned Orchard Farm’s Ayden Hynes (6-16) in 1:55; and pinned Cleveland’s Chance Gaston (7-6) in 1:29.

Justin Shipley keeps a wide stance underneath Brian Mickle of Central New Madrid County.
Justin Shipley keeps a wide stance underneath Brian Mickle of Central New Madrid County.
Justin Shipley wears his fourth-place medal.
Justin Shipley wears his fourth-place medal.

220 pounds — Donovan Obando (9-12) went 1-1, placed third and scored 10 team points: bye; bye; was pinned in 0:53 by Whitfield’s Max Darrah (44-3); bye; and pinned Lutheran St. Charles’s Dillan Williams (14-11) in 0:20.

Donovan Obando shakes hands with his opponent in the medal round, Dillan Williams of Lutheran St. Charles. Obando went on to pin Williams for the third-place medal.
Donovan Obando shakes hands with his opponent in the medal round, Dillan Williams of Lutheran St. Charles. Obando went on to pin Williams for the third-place medal.
Donovan Obando and his third-place medal.
Donovan Obando and his third-place medal.

285 pounds — Ricky McQuay (23-20) went 2-2, placed fourth and scored 11 team points: bye; pinned Valle Catholic’s Garrett MacMillan (13-10) in 5:07; was pinned in 0:26 by Lutheran St. Charles’s Bradley Williams (38-4); 13-6 decision over Herculaneum’s Damion Koyn (18-20); and was pinned in 1:13 by Central New Madrid County’s Stephen Clark (10-4).

Ricky McQuay wrestles Damion Koyn of Herculaneum. McQuay won 13-6.
Ricky McQuay wrestles Damion Koyn of Herculaneum. McQuay won 13-6.
Ricky McQuay and his fourth-place medal.
Ricky McQuay and his fourth-place medal.
Brentwood wrestlers and the team's assistants can finally relax after winning third place at the district tournament.
Brentwood wrestlers and the team’s assistants can finally relax after winning third place overall at the district tournament.

One thought on “6 BHS Wrestlers Qualify for State Meet

  1. Congrats to the Brentwood Wrestling Team. Nice to see younger guys like Obando & McQuay come through and represent the big guys. Best of luck to all at the state meet. With the schedule they wrestled, bringing home individual hardware isn’t out of the question !!!

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