A COLOSSUS stands astride Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling,

Robert McNamara, who weighs in at more than 23 stones, has been the CWWA Heavyweight World Champion since 1997.

At Killington Sports, Big Mac, of East Kilbride, put his name on the old trophy for the eighth time and is now easily within reach of Ted Dunglinson's record of nine wins. Quick on his feet despite his size, McNamara waded easily through the opposition. He allowed any attacks to bounce off him and then picked his man up like a bairn, gave a quick sideways flick off the chest, and dumped him flat on the grass. Kendal Academy's Joseph Robson made the best shot at unsettling the Big Yin by moving him around the ring, but my laconic notes on the outcome of the two falls simply say "chest" and "buried". David Atkinson wrestled well for the privilege of contesting the final, but McNamara was more than twice his weight, with thighs as large as the Cumbrian's torso, so he, too, was unceremoniously "buried".

David Atkinson, though, had a good week of wrestling as he appeared in both men's finals at Killington, and then won both senior categories at the Carlisle Vintage Rally. In the 12½ stones, he felled Alan Walton, of Haltwhistle, and in the All Weights beat his training partner Andrew Carlisle.

A refreshing aspect of the wrestling this week is the return to the ring of some good wrestlers, such as David Barnes, David Jamieson, Martin McLoughlin and Andrew Bentham, who lack match fitness, but who always give a good account of themselves.

Finally, a wrestler was born a fortnight ago. How do I know already that he is a wrestler when his centrepiece is a disposable nappy? Well, he is the son of Trevor Hodgson, of Dent, whose other children all wrestle, and how could he be anything but a wrestling star with the name they've given him?......Ted!


Killington Sports

Under 12 Years 1, B Brocklebank; 2, A Thompson; 3, S Mason.

Under 15 Years 1, G Brocklebank; 2 S Mason; 3, N Bentham.

Girls Under 15 Years 1 T Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, C Musgrave.

13st 1, A Walton; 2, D Atkinson; 3, Joe Harrington.

All Weights World Championship 1, R McNamara; 2, D Atkinson; 3, J Robson.

Carlisle Vintage Rally

Under 15 Years 1, C Lowry; 2, W Naimai; 3, M Harrington.

Under 18 Years 1, D Barnes; 2, John Harrington; 3, C Lowry.

12st 1, D Atkinson; 2, A Walton; 3, A Carlile.

All Weights 1, D Atkinson; 2, A Carlile; 3, D Barnes.


Saturday, June 12 2pm Roman Wall Show U15/U18/11/13/15st World Championship (500 for Championship)

Sunday June 13 Morpeth 10st World Championship U12/U15/U18.

Saturday June 19 2pm Kirkheaton U12/U15/U18/12/15/AW

Sunday June 27 2pm Patterdale U12/U15/U18/11/13/AW

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

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