Allendale Show has one of the finest wrestling surfaces on the circuit, being part of the cricket ground. Fortunately it also has the scorer`s pavilion right next to the wrestling ring, and it came in really useful last weekend as the forecast heavy rain arrived in time for the wrestling.
Despite the relentless downpour the hardy competitors put on a first class show for the meagre crowd. The usual busload from Rothbury enlivened the proceedings, though the majority of class winners came from the Carlisle club, Thomas Davidson being the exception.
Andrew Carlile kept the lively Joe Hale in check in the lightweights, but had to concede the head prize to Jack Brown in the middleweights. Brown, who has been on a hot winning streak lately, looked as if he could add to his total as he buttocked Joe Thompson in the first fall in the All Weights but Thompson tightened up on hold and dominated to win the next two falls.
Gosforth Show succumbed to the weather as the wrestling was abandoned.
Torver on Sunday had the added bonus of a contingent of Icelandic wrestlers, over in this country for a week or so to take in the sports at Grasmere as well as some of the Scottish Highland Games. They acquitted themselves well, none more so than Asmunder Asmundsson who beat Thomas Brocklebank with cross buttocks and followed that up by hiping triple Champion Graham Brocklebank to win the All Weights. Hjortur Stentersson picked up the lightweights and Marin Davidsdottir wrestled up to Ladies Champion Connie Hodgson in the female class. Ryan Armstrong grabbed a brace in the boy's classes and Matty Hodgson continued his good form with under 12 wins at both venues.
The coming week is the busiest of the calendar with no fewer than thirteen events spread over nine days. There are three Championships up for grabs –
The first ever Ladies ten stones at Bellingham, followed by the eleven stones at Grasmere and the twelve stones at Rothbury mart on Friday night. In amongst that there is a visit from Ben Fogle and the Countrywise program to Ennerdale Show on Wednesday.
|Under 12 years||M Hodgson||M Bates||K Pepper|
|Under 15 Years||T Davidson||O Mason||M Hodgson|
|Under 18 Years||T Gibson||F Cansfield||T Davidson|
|Girls Under 17 Years||A Marston||G Coulthard||A Bates|
|Ladies||G Coulthard||A Marston||A Bates|
|11½ Stone||A Carlile||Joe Hale||J Cansfield|
|13 Stone||J Brown||A Carlile||W Crozier|
|All Weights||J Thompson||J Brown||A Carlile|
|Under 12 Years||M Hodgson||R Hodgson||C Dickson|
|Under 15 Years||R Armstrong||J Gibson||T Hodgson|
|Under 18 Years||R Armstrong||T Hodgson||C Dickson|
|Ladies||C Hodgson||M Davidsdottir||M Runarsdottir|
|11 ½ Stone||H Stentersson||T Hodgson||J Gibson|
|13 Stone||G Brocklebank||M Freyne||H Stentersson|
|All Weights||A Asmundsson||G Brocklebank||G Logason|