Over 450 wrestlers from Montana, Idaho and Wyoming participated in last weekend’s Helltown Throwdown in Helena.
Fifth-grader Tommy Sawyer led the Anaconda contingent with a tournament victory at Novice 70, beating a place winner from last week’s Salt Lake Slam.
Anaconda’s Lil’ Copperheads won the Small Team trophy, beating out similar-sized teams from Kalispell, Billings, Belgrade and Bozeman.
Second-place finishers include Cael Mikalatos (Intermediate 75) and Ethan Goldberg (Novice 100/105). Nathan Blodnick placed third (Novice 60).
Jesse Holdaway finished fifth (Intermediate 87/95) and Nathan Schafer (Middle School 112) was sixth.
According to coaches, non-placing wrestlers Jaidyn Holdaway and Zack Blodnick both showed marked improvement.