Waberthwaite wins the Wrestling academy shield again

THE ACADEMY Shield is back in the bar of the Brown Cow Inn, Waberthwaite. The Waberthwaite Academy was the clear winner of the Shield Match at Kendal Rugby Club with the best prepared team and some excellent individual performances.

Kendal, the hosts, began well with the sparky Ben Brocklebank, but their effort ran into the sands when they were able to field only two senior wrestlers in the second part of the programme. Conversely, Carlisle Wrestling Club only registered their first falls in the 9 stones section when Callum Lowry did well to fell Graham Brocklebank of Kendal and a good young Waberthwaite prospect, Ashley Killip. The Carlisle club was well served by John Harrington and Andrew Carlile who scored heavily in the middleweights despite taking on heavier opposition. The fall of the evening was John Harrington's defeat of Stephen Garnett in the 13st section and he was duly awarded the Best Performance Trophy. But, good efforts by Kendal and Carlisle individuals could do nothing to stem the Waberthwaite tide. The Waberthwite organiser, Tom Porter, has overseen a revival of the academy at the youngest end and that was evident at Kendal when the four youngest and inexperienced wrestlers gave a good account of themselves to provide the foundations for a good team score. The Knowles brothers, Michael and Richard, consolidated that position by winning five of their six falls. Stephen Garnett then kept the score ticking over without being at his best, until Michael Preston took over at the heavy end of the event and won all his falls. The Waberthwaite team's wide margin of victory was thoroughly deserved.

Results:

Academy Shield; 1, Waberthwaite 16pts; 2, Carlisle 10pts; 3, Kendal 7pts.

Open Competitions

Girls: 1, T Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, E Longworth

Under 12 Years: 1, J Longworth; 2, A Killip; 3, B Brocklebank

Under 15 Years: 1, D Parsons;2, G Brocklebank; 3, C Lowry

Under 18 Years: 1, John Harrington; 2, G Brocklebank; 3, N Bentham

13st: 1, John Harrington; 2, N Bentham; 3, S Wilkinson

All Weights: 1, T Hodgson; 2, John Harrington; 3, J Longworth

Dates:

Kendal Academy round of their 2003 wrestling, tonight, with Junior Weights and Senior Points.

Milnthorpe Academy resumes action on January 8th

Carlisle Wrestling Club is closed until Wednesday January 7 when there will be a meeting at Currock House to re-organise the training sessions for 2004.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (May 4th 2011)

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