Sawyer wins Helltown Throwdown wrestling tourney


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.