No Wins for BHS at State Wrestling Meet

Brentwood's Gary Silerio (right) and MRH's Matt Green wrestle for the championship of the 145-pound weight class at the district tournament on Feb. 13 at Whitfield. Green won by two points and both went on to the state meet.
Brentwood’s Gary Silerio (right) and MRH’s Matt Green wrestle for the championship of the 145-pound weight class at the district meet on Feb. 13 at Whitfield. Green won first place by two points. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Seniors Silerio, Johnson finish up stellar careers

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

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.

Brentwood head coach Roy Hughes (left) and assistant coach Mic Boshans consult with Gary Silerio during a break in his district match with Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles.
Brentwood head coach Roy Hughes (left) and assistant coach Mic Boshans consult with Gary Silerio during a break in his district match with Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles at Whitfield.

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.

Deshaun Johnson (right) shakes hands with Cole White of Herculaneum before their match in the finals of the district tournament. Before the third- and first-place matches a ceremony is held in which each wrestler shakes hands with his competitor. Johnson said of White, "He’s a good friend of mine so I don’t really have much animosity toward him." Whit won the match for third place but both qualified for state.
Deshaun Johnson (right) shakes hands with Cole White of Herculaneum before their match in the finals of the district tournament. Before the third- and first-place matches a ceremony is held in which each wrestler shakes hands with his competitor. Johnson said of White, “He’s a good friend of mine so I don’t really have much animosity toward him.” White won the match for third place but both qualified for state.

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).

Narvell Jordan controls Cleveland's Nashoba Moore at district.
Narvell Jordan controls Cleveland’s Nashoba Moore at district.
In this photo and the one below, Narvell Jordan is close to pinning Noah Ostler of Principia at the district meet.
In this photo and the one below, Narvell Jordan is close to pinning Noah Ostler of Principia at the district meet.

SJB_5984 Narvell Jordan vs Noah Ostler, Principia

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).

Gary Silerio closes in on pinning Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles at the district meet on Feb. 3. Silerio took second place to qualify for the state meet last week.
In this photo and the one below, Gary Silerio closes in on pinning Dillon Liefer of Lutheran St. Charles at the district meet.

SJB_5696 Gary Silerio vs Dillon Liefer, Luth SC

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).

Deshaun Johnson tries to turn over Principia's Barrett Pierce at the district meet.
Deshaun Johnson tries to turn over Principia’s Barrett Pierce at the district meet.
Deshaun Johnson brings down Cole White of Herculaneum at the district meet.
Deshaun Johnson brings down Cole White of Herculaneum at district.

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).

Justin Shipley tries to control the hands of Brian Mickle of New Madrid County at district.
Justin Shipley tries to control the hands of Brian Mickle of New Madrid County at the district championships.
Justin Shipley tries to grab Brian Mickle's leg.
Justin Shipley tries to grab Brian Mickle’s leg.
Justin Shipley completes an unconventional pin of Orchard Farm's Ayden Hynes at the district tournament.
Justin Shipley completes an unconventional pin of Orchard Farm’s Ayden Hynes at the district tournament.

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).

Donovan Obando (right) practices with teammate Sam Tilton before a meet on Feb. 2.
Donovan Obando (right) practices with teammate Sam Tilton before a meet.
Donovan Obando gets set against Lift for Life's Kenneth Hall in a tri meet on Feb. 2.
Donovan Obando gets set against Lift for Life’s Kenneth Hall in a tri meet on Jan. 28.
Donovan Obando moves to escape Kenneth Hall of Lift for Life.
Donovan Obando moves to escape Kenneth Hall of Lift for Life.

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).

In this photo and the two below it, Ricky McQuay wrestles Damion Koyn of Herculaneum in the district tournament. McQuay won the match.
In this photo and the two below it, Ricky McQuay wrestles Damion Koyn of Herculaneum in the district tournament. McQuay won the match.

SJB_6073 Ricky McQuay vs Damion Koyn, Herculaneum

SJB_6085 Ricky McQuay vs Damion Koyn, Herculaneum

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

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