(Press Release) For the seventeenth year in a row, Great Falls attorney Alexander (Zander) Blewett, III, has offered three $1,000 scholarships to the top student/wrestlers around the state of Montana for Classes “AA”, “A”, and “B/C”.
The statewide scholarships are awarded to the top wrestler from each school classification who has displayed the best combined qualities of wrestling and academic achievement. This year’s winners exemplify the precise purpose of the scholarships.
This year’s recipients won a combined 6 state championships and maintained impressive grade point averages with one perfect 4.0.
“It is inspiring to see these student-athletes excel both on the mat and in the classroom," said Zander Blewett.
The winners are as follows:

  • Israel Moreno of Missoula Big Sky is the winner of the Class “AA” scholarship.  Moreno was a two-time state champion who also took 5th and 2nd.  He was also a USA Wrestling Folkstyle National Champion in 2022. Moreno earned a 3.0 GPA and plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa where he intends to wrestle and study business and real estate.
  • Justin Windauer of Columbia Falls is the Class “A” winner.  Windauer, who earned a 4.0 GPA, was a two-time state champion, also placing 2nd and 3rd.  He plans to attend Montana State University Northern where he intends to wrestle and study Civil Engineering.
  • Cooper Lane of Huntley Project High School is the Class “B/C” winner.  Lane won two state championships, and also placed 2nd and 5th, while maintaining a 3.58 GPA.  He will study Civil Engineering Technology at Montana State University Northern.

“We love wrestling for the life lessons it teaches and these kids embody what this great sport is all about,” said Blewett, a trial lawyer from the personal injury law firm of Hoyt & Blewett PLLC in Great Falls.

Blewett also offers $500 scholarships to the top student/wrestlers at 4 high schools in North-Central Montana.  Use these links for more information regarding the Blewett Statewide Wrestling Scholarship and Blewett North Central Montana Wrestling Scholarship, and an application form for the Blewett North Central Montana Wrestling Scholarship.


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