Seniors Silerio, Johnson finish up stellar careers
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
It was a quick Class 1 state meet for the Brentwood High School wrestling team. Each of the six who qualified was eliminated on the first day, going 0-2 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
Even most of the 12 matches themselves were quick. Brentwood wrestlers were pinned nine times, all in less than 3 minutes. The closest duals were the 7-5 decision Narvell Jordan lost and the two technical falls that defeated Gary Silerio.
It was an especially tough ending for both of Brentwood’s seniors, Silerio and Deshaun Johnson.
Silerio had shredded through most of the 145-pounders at the district meet last week and missed winning the title by only two points. He went to state with a 37-9 record and having been there three times before, including winning a match in 2015.
Johnson went to Columbia with a 39-7 mark and 37 pins, a school record. In the first round at 152 pounds he faced the eventual state champion.
In scoring no team points, the Eagles tied three other schools for last place, 51st, in a field of 54. In each of the past two state meets BHS has scored eight points and placed 42nd out of 50. Last year the six qualifiers went 2-12 in Columbia.
Following is how Brentwood’s six state qualifiers fared.
Narvell Jordan, junior, 138 pounds, final record 19-16
Jordan was at state for the first time. In the first round he was pinned in 1:52 by Fatima’s Cody Huhn (31-4). In the consolation first round he lost a 7-5 decision to Butler’s Kenton Taylor (32-25).
Gary Silerio, senior, 145 pounds, 37-11
It was Silerio’s fourth state meet. In the first round he lost a technical fall, 19-4 in 6:00, to Centralia’s Carter Kinkead (42-13). In the consolation first round he lost a technical fall, 16-0 in 3:46, to Marceline’s Rylan Chrisman (14-8).
Deshaun Johnson, senior, 152 pounds, 39-9
It was Johnson’s second state meet. In the first round he was pinned in 2:34 by the eventual state champion, West Platte’s Justin Rhodes (48-1). In the consolation first round Johnson was pinned in 1:00 by Seneca’s Colton McDaniel (32-15).
Justin Shipley, junior, 182 pounds, 26-14
It was Shipley’s first state meet. In the first round he was pinned in 0:32 by Hallsville’s Andrew Robb (41-9). In the consolation first round he was pinned in 0:28 by Lawson’s Austin Nye (42-10).
Donovan Obando, sophomore, 220 pounds, 10-14
It was Obando’s first state appearance. In the first round he was pinned in 1:07 by Sherwood’s Kaleb Liemkuehler (37-9). In the consolation first round he was pinned in 2:03 by Wentworth Military Academy’s Kenneth Wescott (18-13).
Ricky McQuay, sophomore, 285 pounds, 23-22
It was McQuay’s first state appearance. In the first round he was pinned in 0:46 by the eventual state champion, Brookfield’s Brooks Baker (42-7). In the consolation first round McQuay was pinned in 1:15 by Summit Christian Academy’s Caden Robinson (40-13).
Brentwood’s final 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
Feb. 12-13: 3rd among 15, with 6 state qualifiers, at Class 1 District 1 meet
Feb. 18-20: Scored no points among 54 schools at Class 1 state meet