Chris leads the way with championship win

BETTER and better as it went on, that was Alf Harrington's verdict on the wrestling at Kirkheaton Show.

The first boys event, the under 12 years, was an entertainment in itself when a wide range of youngsters from six years upwards keenly contested the prize-money. In the next three sections, the winners were fairly obvious before a bout was wrestled. Chris Walton, the under 15/8st champion had too much skill and experience to fail in the under 15 years. Richard Younger from nearby Ponteland is the under 18 champion and is already built to lift girders. And Alan Walton had little trouble coping with younger opposition. After that the going got harder for Northumberland has some substantial wrestlers who are on good form at present. 15st champion Jason Davidson had been on a winning streak recently but that came to a halt at Kirkheaton when he was felled in the 15st final by Robert Leiper and in the all weights final by Darren Whitfield. Although he lost the middle fall when he slipped in the rain slicked grass, Leiper was wrestling at full power and crushed Davidson into bad positions before lifting and twisting over the knee.

Darren Whitfield was revitalised in the All Weights after a lack-lustre and tired display at Morpeth Fair, the previous week. At Kirkheaton he got his right shoulder in to all his opponents and "bossed the whole thing". He went straight over the top of Richard Younger in double-quick time in the semi final, and in the final he gave a text book illustration of the outside-hipe on the weighty and long-legged Jason Davidson.

Wrestling moves into central Lakeland for the next two weeks with events at Patterdale at the head of Ullswater and in the Great Langdale Valley.


Kirkheaton Show

Under 12: 1, Nick O'Neil; 2, Lewis Browell; 3, Callum McLacklened. Under 15: 1, Chris Walton; 2, Michael Harrington; 3, Robby Scott. Under 18: 1, Richard Younger; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, John Bertram. 12st 1, Alan Walton; 2, John Bertram; 3, J Pattison. 15st: 1, Robert Leiper; 2, Jason Davidson; 3, Alan Walton. All Weights: 1, Darren Whitfield; 2, Jason Davidson; 3, Richard Younger.


June 27 (Sun): 2pm Patterdale U12/U15/U18/11/13/AW

July 4 (Sun): 2pm Langdale Gala U12/U15/U18/111/2/13/AW.

July 10 (Sat): Longridge; 11 (Sun) 2pm Haltwhistle Carnival U15/U18/Novices/111/2/131/2/AW

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

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