Nine Brentwood wrestlers qualified for the state tournament at the district tournament on Saturday. That number nine is a record for the Eagles, coach Roy Hughes said. The top four finishers in each weight class at the district tournament qualify for the state meet.
Brentwood was third overall in the tournament, with 136.5 points. Maplewood Richmond Heights was 10th, with 56. Whitfield won with 223.5 points.
"We got what every coach wants, which is to peak at the right time," coach Roy Hughes said.
He said he was surprised to have freshmen, Dexter Romos at 106, and Gary Silerio at 120, qualify. Silerio was down in points in his final match but ended up winning with a pin.
Senior, David Rivera took second at Districts. He's returning to Columbia for the third year. He finished in fourth at last year's state meet.
Brentwood State Tournament QualifiersName Year Weight class Place Dexter Ramos freshman 106 4th Lucas Jones junior 113 1st Gary Silerio freshman 120 4th Blake Kelley junior 138 3rd Kyle Pudlowski sophomore 152 4th Mykell Hudspeth senior 160 3rd Steven Sadler senior 195 4th Alex Patton sophomore 220 4th David Rivera senior 285 2nd
Maplewood Richmond Heights qualified two for State. The Blue Devils took seven to Districts.
Coach Cory Reichert said he wasn't surprised to see freshman Romell Person qualify.
"He had a couple years experience in the youth level," Reichert said. "By his size and his work ethic, I knew he could do it. I knew the kid was going to go for it."
It will be senior, Jonas Tiggs' third trip to the state tournament.
"I think both of them have a chance to place, and I expect them to," Reichert said.
MRH wrestlers, freshman, Ronald Stewart-Gibson at 113 pounds, freshman Treyvon Williams at 126, and sophomore Zach Seibert at 170, were all one match away from qualifying.
MRH State Tournament QualifiersName Year Weight class Place Romelle Person freshman 106 2nd Jonas Tiggs senior 120 1st
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