Tommy Sawyer claims state folkstyle title in Great Falls, Smelter City Smackdown this weekend in Anaconda

Tommy Sawyer podium

Anaconda’s Tommy Sawyer was crowned Montana State Folkstyle champion last weekend in Great Falls. COURTESY PHOTO

The Lil’ Copperheads will be heading into their only home tournament of the year on a bit of a high note, celebrating the State Championship performance of Tommy Sawyer along with several runner-up and other placewinners.

The Smelter City Smackdown will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium, with clubs from all around Montana expected to participate. The Lil’ Copperheads are still looking for volunteers in everything from concessionaires and 50/50 sellers to mat runners and table workers. For more information on helping, call Angie Sawyer at 560-1482.

Below is a collection of recent tournament compiled by Lil’ Copperheads coach Nick Mikalatos:

February 27th
Kalispell, Mt
MT USAW Making A Difference Tournament

There was over 650 wrestlers in Kalispell for this tournament. They also brought 2000 Greco-Roman Olympic Champion Rulon Gardner to talk to and put on a clinic for the kids.


Pee Wee Division

35A Ryle Estes 3rd place

55 Grady Boyer 3rd

Bantam Division

50B Roddy Wyant 4th

50C Jaylan Jackson 4th

55C Jaidyn Holdaway 5th

55D Deakyn Mills No Place

55F Billy Thompson 4th

Intermediate Division

65 Zachary Blodnick 3rd

75 Braedon Molina NP

75 Cael Mikalatos 2nd

87 Jesse Holdaway 1st

Novice Division

65 Nathan Blodnick 3rd

75 Caleb Molina 6th

Junior Division

160/170 Brevlin Thompson 2nd


March 5th
Livingston, MT
Waking The Giant

Pee Wee

35 Rylie Estes 1st place

45 Tydan Jovanovich 6th

55/60 Grady Boyer 4th


50 Roddy Wyant NP

55 Jaidyn Holdaway NP


65 Zachary Blodnick 6th

80 Thomas Elfstrom NP

87 Jesse Holdaway 3rd

March 11th-13th
Great Falls, MT
Montana State AAU Folkstyle

There were over 1150 wrestlers from all across the state. We had five wrestlers that wrestled for the championship with Tommy Sawyer coming home with the State Championship. Ethan Goldberg, Cael Mikalatos and Colin Rodgers also wrestled for the championship and Jaidyn Holdaway wrestling for the championship in the girls division. Placing in this tournament is very difficult.


State placers:

Girls Bantam 50 Jaidyn Holdaway 2nd

Midget 75 Cael Mikalatos 2nd

Midget 85 Jesse Holdaway 4th

Novice 65 Nathan Blodnick 6th

Novice 70 Tommy Sawyer 1st

Novice 105 Ethan Goldberg 3rd

Elite 113 Colin Rodgers 2nd

Elite 152 Tristen McKinnon 5th

Other wrestlers who missed placing were:

Rylie Estes

Bully Thompson

Zachary Blodnick

Thomas Elfstrom

Liam Barrington

Tony Barrington

Brevlin Thompson

Logan Danforth