Amongst the wind and stormy weather this week, there were stirrings of a new year of wrestling, both home and abroad.
At home the wrestling mats in the gymnasium at Currock House were pounded with the first competitive wrestling of 2017 when the Carlisle Juniors had their first Points Night of the year. In that room were several wrestlers who will compete in Brittany and Austria in the coming months. Gemma Coulthard is booked in for her first trip to wrestle in Quimper, Brittany for the Breton Backhold Championships which are held on 4th March.
Thomas Gibson and Andrew Carlile look like being on the same aeroplane flying to Salzburg in Austria for the European Championships of the La Fédération Internationale des Luttes Celtiques which are held the 7th to 11th April.
The two events differ significantly as the Breton Championships is entirely down to individuals who wish to participate. The Austrian event is a matter of finding a team of seven wrestlers to represent our area.
The trips to Brittany and Austria are being co-ordinated by two of the Rothbury coaches, Darren Whitfield and Jason Davidson, with Jason taking on the harder task of raising a team for the European Championships. The provisional team, looks a good one, with excellent wrestlers throughout: Michael Kirkham of Waberthwaite (62kg), Andrew Carlile of Carlisle (68kg), Joe Hale, Rothbury (74kg), Jack Brown, Carlisle (81kg), Jack Hale, Rothbury (90kg), Thomas Gibson, Carlisle (100kg), and Jimmy Hall, Carlisle (+100kg). Add in Connie Hodgson, Kendal, double ladies champion this year, for the Women's event, held parallel to the men's, and we have an impressive contingent.
As always there are extra problems of expense when you take a team abroad, and the organisers are seeking financial support.
In the meantime, at home, Connor Wharton was the only wrestler at the Carlisle Points Night to win more than one competition, and he was duly awarded the Best Performance Trophy.
|6 Stone||T Coulthard||M Story||A Coulthard|
|7 Stone||C Wharton||M Hodgson||T Coulthard||M Story|
|8½ Stone||C Wharton||J Wharton||M Hodgson||J Gibson|
|Girls 8½ Stone||P Bowman|
|10 Stone||R Armstrong||M Hodgson||J Gibson||J Wharton|
|Under 12 Years||M Hodgson||C Wharton||J Wharton||T Coulthard|
|Under 15 Years||M Wharton||R Armstrong||M Hodgson||J Gibson|
|Girls Under 18 Years||G Coulthard||P Bowman|
|Under 18 Years||T Gibson||G Coulthard||R Armstrong||M Wharton|
|Best Performance||Connor Wharton|