Modern day champions could hold their own against past Champions

FOR centuries the basic core of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling has remained unchanged. A modern champion such as Andrew Carlile or Joseph Robson could fly back in time and compete on equal terms with the likes of Tom Nicholson for the five guinea prize at Carlisle Races in 1809, for the rules are virtually the same, as is the terminology.

But wrestling has also to fit into the contemporary athletic scene, too, and in the next week two events will take place which could only have happened in the last few years. On Sunday, March 14 wrestlers and supporters will meet at Currock House, Carlisle to qualify for the first ever coaching qualification in the sport: the CWWA Basic Coaching Certificate. The course will bring together participants from Northumberland, Lancashire, Kendal, West Cumbria, and even from East of Appleby which has been a blank spot for wrestling in recent years. As well as being widely spread geographically, the participants also have a wide age range: from early twenties to Senior Citizens. The morning session deals with general principles of coaching and child protection. In the afternoon everyone must show that they can teach the basic throws of C&W Wrestling. There has been a good response to the course, but there may still be sew spare places. If interested, phone me on 016974 73559.

The other event which could only have happened in recent years is the selection night for the European Espoirs Championships in Austria. In the old days an international event meant wrestling at Jedburgh Games. Now wrestlers can compete in ten European countries.

On Wednesday, 17 March any young wrestler aged 16 to 20 years, who would like to be considered for the team should come to Currock House, Carlisle at 8.30pm. We need wrestlers at seven weights from 57kg upwards.

Carlisle Wrestling Club's last Points Night of the Winter Season was a lively affair, with twenty five wrestlers participating. Callum Lowry of Wreay was awarded the trophy for the best wrestler in the Junior events, though there were many contenders for the battered old cup. Lowry won his own weight, the 8 stones, with classy hipes and swings, but he also went on to wrestle against lads bigger than him with passion, determination and a lot of noise. A big contingent of young wrestlers came from the Haltwhistle area. All of them wrestled with enthusiasm, but the pick of them was Craig Ridley who has learnt a lot in a short time. He won the Under 12 Years and wrestled up to Callum Lowry in the 8 stones. Michael Harrington did well to stem the Northumbrian when he inside-clicked his way to win the 7 stones. Jonjo Pattinson was a popular winner of the Men's lightweights. He followed the ring last season but is always at a weight disadvantage whenever he wrestles. In the 11 stones section he did some smart twisting to go through unbeaten. Alan Walton did well to wriggle and squirm his way into a winning position after David Atkinson seemed to have him at his mercy. Russell Housby continued his policy of never being felled, when he won the All Weights. Meanwhile Russell's young cousin Helen Housby has to be applauded. She wrestles away manfully, the only girl amongst a score of lads.


6st: 1, W Storey; 2, James Harrington; 3, C Raine; 4, H Housby; 7st: 1, M Harrington; 2, P Pearson; 3, A Ridley; 4, D Ewart.; 8st 1, C Lowry; 2, C Ridley; 3, W Storey; 4, P Pearson; 10st: 1, R Dixon; 2, J Ewart; 3, P Housby; 4, A Ridley; Under 12 Years: 1, C Ridley; 2, C Raine; 3, D Ewart; 4, W Storey; Under 15 Years: 1, C Lowry; 2, P Housby; 3, A Ridley; 4, C Raine; Under 18 Years: 1, D Barnes; 2, R Fox; 3, R Dixon; 4, Joe Harrington.

Points Trophy Winners 2003/4:

6st: Willam Storey; 7st: Adam Ridley ; 8st: Callum Lowry ;10st: Callum Lowry; Under 12 Years: Daniel Ewart; Under 15 Years: Joe Harrington; Under 18 Years: John Harrington.

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

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