Champion Contenders limber up for the Under 18's Championship

TWO of the main contenders for tomorrows Under-18 Years Championship limbered up in style last week. Both Richard Younger, the present champion, and David Barnes won at senior level and showed lots of skill and power in doing so.

David Barnes made the long trip from West Cumbria to the Longridge Show, near Preston, to compete and he was amply rewarded by a win in the 14 stones. He also produced a good performance in the All Weights when he finished third behind two big Lancastrians, Joe Threlfall and Pat Molloy. Joe Threlfall had persuaded several of his doormen friends to take part in the renewal of the sport at Longridge, so there was a hefty contingent of wrestlers in the All Weights. Barnes also competed well at Haltwhistle Carnival, sitting the mighty Richard Younger onto his backside with an inside-click when they met in the final of the Under-18 Years. This had the unfortunate effect, for Barnes, of waking Younger up and he hoisted 14 stones of Barnes high in the air before twisting him off his chest. The two met again in the final of the All Weights and once more the lighter man proved to be a problem for Younger, taking the middle fall with a sneaky cross-click.

Andrew Carlile had lightweight wins at both Longridge and Haltwhistle, and Alan Jones, of Hallbankgate, continued his good run of form by winning a highly competitive 13-and-a-half stone competition, felling Andrew Carlile, David Atkinson and Haltwhistles Alan Walton. One of the cleanest falls of the day put Peter Hunter flat on his back, a rare occurrence, especially as the winner was a straw bale, and Peter was a judge moving back from the wrestlers!

Serious damage was done to my hearing last week when I staged wrestling at St Aidans County High School as part of their Year 7 Medieval Day. With a big crowd of youngsters, the atmosphere was electric and very loud.

A special Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling training session for women and girls only will be held at 7.45pm on Wednesday in the gym at Currock House. All-comers welcome

Longridge Show

Under-13 Years: 1, B Brocklebank; 2, S Mason; 3, L Spenser; Under-16 Years: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, D Parsons; 3, B Brocklebank; 11st: 1, A Carlile; 2, D Parsons; 3, G Brocklebank; 14st:1, D Barnes; 2, A Carlile; 3, V Shawtech; All Weights 1, Joe Threlfall; 2, P Molloy; 3, D Barnes.

Haltwhistle Carnival

Under-15 Years: 1, C Walton; 2, W Naioma; 3, M Harrington; Under-18 Years: 1, R Younger; 2, D Barnes; 3, R Walton; Novices: 1, R Pattinson; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, J Pattinson. 11st: 1, A Carlile; 2, R Walton; 3, J Pattinson; 13st 1, A Jones; 2 A Walton; 3, D Atkinson; All Weights 1, R Younger; 2, D Barnes; 3, A Jones.


Tomorrow 4.30pm: Cumberland Show U-12/U-15/U-18 Championship/12/14/AW (390)

Sunday 2pm: Great Eccleston U12/U15/U18/13/15/AW (Round-robin competitions, 350)

Sat July 24 1pm: Penrith U12/U15/U18yrs/10st Championship/111/2/13/AW

Sun July 24 12noon: Flookburgh U12/U5/U18/111/2/13/AW

Sun July 24 3pm: Coniston Country Fair U12/U15/U18/111/2/13/AW

Thu July 29 1pm: Ambleside Sports U15/U18/111/2/121/2/14/AW

Fri July 30: Langholm Common Riding

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

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