Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

The CWWA Wrestling season ends this week at Alwinton Show


Saturday October 14th - 12.30 - Alwinton Show - U10yrs / U13yrs / U16yrs / Girls U16yrs / U21yrs / 11½st / 14st / Ladies / AW ********************
Saturday October 14th - Wasdale Head Show - CANCELLED
Wednesday October 18th - 7.45 Carlisle Wrestling Club in the Currock House Gym
Friday November 10th - Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Presentation Dinner

I had written a lyrical first paragraph about the wrestling season ending with “two ancient and classic venues more than a hundred miles apart: Wasdale Head Show with its Herdwick sheep close by Scafell Pike; and Alwinton Border Shepherds Show with its Hexham Blackfaced sheep in the Cheviot Hills.” Scrub that... a ton of rain fell on Wasdale this week and it has been cancelled, so if you want a fix of hills, hound trails, fell-racing and wrestling, head for Alwinton.

 Then: 1971, Tom Harrington and myself at North Lonsdale Show

Continuity is a significant feature of the club's success, and two of the active wrestlers who founded the club in 1970 were still there contributing to the discussion. Tom Harrington MBE and myself were at our best in the early seventies so the club was driven forward by example rather than exhortation.
That spirit is still there in the form of Andrew Carlile, from an old wrestling family, the present holder of the 11 stones Championship, a dynamic secretary of the club and one of the main coaches on the Currock House mats.

 Now: 2017, Andrew Carlile, 11st Champion, with Mark Wharton, David Miller and Sam Wilson at Silloth Carnival
His coaching skills are clearly shown by the list of current champions, for he was involved with training the Gibson brothers, Thomas and John, who won at under 18 and under 15/8st. Mark Wharton went one better by ending the season with a double, the Under 18 Years/10st title and the men's 10½ stones. Even better was Jack Brown's haul for the season for he won the championships at 13st, 14st and at All Weights. He used to travel regularly from Haydon Bridge to the Carlisle club to have his skills honed by three great champions, Tom Harrington, Alan Jones and Andrew Carlile.

Carlisle Wrestling Club opens its indoor season next Wednesday, 18th October. Throughout the winter there will be competitions each month for Juniors and a separate night for the Men's Points. New members, of course are always welcome, and all those people who made enquiries at the ring-side during the season are invited to attend. These days, each young wrestler who competes on the grass has to have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian, and it was noted at the meeting that the email addresses given on those slips could be used as reminder that our five wrestling academies are in winter action and keen to find new blood.

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