St. Louis' Yokubaitis caps remarkable freshman year with a state championship
LHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
Division III, 106 Pounds
May 12th, 2017 | Written by: Editor

Early Championship Rounds Quarterfinals Semifinals Consolation Rounds 3rd and 5th Finals


St. Louis Catholic freshman Alex Yokubaitis, seeded second, defeated Brusly's top-seeded David Kent via an 11-2 Major Decision.

Brusly's David Kent, a junior, established himself on the varsity mats in 2016 when he lost an 8-6 match to Basile's Brennan Langley in the Division III finals.  This season Kent competed at 120 and 113 lbs., only dropping to 106 lbs. for the state championships.  At the higher weights, he won 19 matches and lost 10.  The 10 losses, however, came from stellar competition, as all but one placed at the 2017 state championships.  Three were Division I placers, four were Division II placers, and the other two were from a defending Division III state champion and an as yet uncrowned Division III state champion and Outstanding Wrestler.

Kent placed 2nd in the Brusly 8 and the Brusly Invitational, and 3rd in the Greater Baton Rouge Championships.  He won matches against Catholic's Luke Romano, Clayton Hill and Jordan Chenevert of Live Oak and Cameron Witherwax of St. Louis.  With his success at the 2016 state championships, and the quality of his 2016-17 opponents, Kent earned his #1 seeding.

St. Louis freshman Alexander Yokubaitis was unknown to most people at the start of the season, but only briefly.  Wrestling only at 106 lbs., Yokubaitis won the Warrior Open via a 6-1 win over Romano.  A week later he beat Corey Brownell of St. Amant 7-1.  His first of only three losses came against Montalbano in the finals of the Rebel Open.  After that he won the Eagle Open over Airline's Dakota Brace 13-7 before losing his second match to Colton Sonnier of Teurlings Catholic in a 9-8 decision.  After winning the Brusly Invitational and the St. Louis Invitational, Yokubaitis made the finals of the Ken Cole, losing again to Sonnier by only one point, 3-2.

As one of only two wrestlers with a shot at winning four consecutive state championships (Gavin Christ of Basile is halfway there), Yokubaitis will not be overlooked in the upcoming season by anyone in any division. 

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Alexander Yokubaitis David Kent Colton Kendrick Blake Menier #5 Riley Baumgarter #6 Caleb Lenard
St. Louis Brusly John Curtis Basile North Vermillion Evangel
#2 Seed #1 Seed #3 Seed #4 Seed #5 Seed #6 Seed
Freshman Junior Freshman Freshman Freshman 7th-grade

Early Championship Rounds

Round 1: Michael LeDoux (SC) pinned #7 Jake Chumly (LKS) in 5:25.

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#1 David Kent (BRU) pinned #8 Cade Dixon (SBR) in 2:44.
#4 Blake Menier (BAS) pinned #5 Riley Baumgardner (NV) in 2:40.
#3 Colton Kendrick pinned #6 Caleb Lenard (EVA) in 1:01.
#2 Alex Yokubaitis (StL) pinned Michael LeDoux (SC) in 0:32.

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#1 David Kent (BRU) pinned #4 Blake Menier (BAS) in 4:29.
#2 Alex Yokubaitis (StL) defeated #3 Colton Kendrick (JC) via a 10-0 Major Decision.

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Consolation Rounds

C2: Rex Carroll (HAY) defeated Michael LeDoux (SC) 9-6.
C2: Cade Dixon (SBR) pinned #7 Jake Chumley (LKS) in 1:47.

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Championship Consolation Rounds

#3 Colton Kendrick (JC) defeated #4 Blake Menier (BAS) 7-4 to place 3rd.
#5 Riley Baumgardner (NV) pinned #6 Caleb Lenard (EVA) in place 5th.

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#2 Alexander Yokubaitis of St. Louis defeated #1 David Kent of Brusly via an 11-2 Major Decision.

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