EXPECT the unexpected was the theme at Patterdale.

The boys wrestling gave off an air of normality, with a mix of wrestlers from the academies at Milnthorpe and Carlisle, spiced up by some Sunderland lads who competed at several events last year where foxhounds and wrestling co-incided. The winners were not unexpected with Stuart Mason, a farmer's son from Milnthorpe, felling Daniel Ewart in the Under 12s final. Then Daniel was felled by big brother, Jack, in the Under 15 Years final. One of the Sunderland lads, Glen Foot, showed power and the basics of wrestling to reach the final of the Under 18 Years, but, not unexpectedly the taller, heavier, well-practiced David Barnes snuffed out any spark of opposition with an inside-hipe.

At that point normality disappeared, and if I had been gambling, I would have lost a lot of money. Bouts between Andrew Carlile and John Harrington have been one of the highlights of this season so far. In the 11st semi-final Harrington drew first blood with a last gasp twist, but Carlile steadied to take the next two finishing by rushing Harrington off the leg-up buttock. That left him facing Paul Barnes of Dearham in the final. Barnes has held a junior championship and has been well schooled in the past at Carlisle Wrestling Club, but the 11st champion, Carlile, with his high levels of fitness and experience, was the favourite to win. He did win the first fall, but only by a short head as the two wrestlers landed on the tops of their heads with feet to the sky. But then Barnes took over, cutting through Carlile's long legs with an inside-click for his first win of the season. Andrew Carlile had to regroup and reassert himself to win the 13 stones in a three fall final with John Harrington. As the All Weights progressed normality seemed to reassert itself as Joe Threlfall felled the strapping David Barnes to reach the final with John Harrington who had reached there by the easier half of the draw.

The crowd was further lulled as Threlfall, a former Heavyweight Champion, twisted the new 10st Champion over his knee for the first fall. Then the impossible happened, twice. First an inside-click from Harrington cut through Threlfall's intentions and sat him down. Then a quicksilver twist had Threlfall heading for the turf. He came with a desperate late twist, which just failed, leaving John Harrington the winner.


Patterdale Country Fair

Under 12 years: 1, S Mason; 2, D Ewart; 3, J Fothergill.

Under 15 Years: 1, J Ewart; 2, D Ewart; 3, W Naioma.

Under 18 Years: 1, D Barnes; 2, G Foot; 3, K Bebb.

11st: 1, P Barnes; 2, A Carlile; 3, John Harrington.

13st: 1, A Carlile; 2, John Harrington; 3, P Barnes.

All Weights: 1, John Harrington; 2, Joe Threlfall; 3, P Barnes.


4th (Sun) 2pm Langdale Gala U12/U15/U18/11/13/AW

10th (Sat) 3.30pm Longridge, Near Preston U13/U16/11/14/AW.

11th (Sun) 2pm Haltwhistle Carnival U15/U18/Novices/11/13/AW.

17th (Sat) Cumberland Show (U18yrs Championship)

18th (Sun) Great Eccleston

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

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