Callum is a veteran champion at 14

LONG wrestling apprenticeships paid championship dividends last week when Callum Lowry won the Under 15 Years/8st title at Hesket Newmarket and David Atkinson won the 12st Championship at the Wolsingham Show.

Lowry, the son of former 14st champion Mark Lowry, is only 14 but he already has 11 years of wrestling experience under his belt. He had to battle every inch of the way in the championship against wrestlers from academies at Kendal, Milnthorpe and Glasgow. He inside-clicked Kendal's Sam Wilkinson in the semi-final and hiped Thomas Mason, of Milnthorpe Academy, in the final. David Atkinson has been wrestling for a similar length of time and was on the form of his life at Grayrigg Show and Wolsingham. He goes off to read law at Newcastle University next week and seemed intent on paying off his student loans before he even gets there with double wins at both events. The core of his wrestling is still that devastating inside-hipe, (see photo) the threat of which distorts the way his opponents wrestle. But now he has a battery of chips to take advantage of his opponents' exaggerated reaction to that threat. In the Championship final with his friend and training partner Andrew Carlile he loaded him up nicely on the hipe for the first fall. But the second came from and outside-hipe and twist as Carlile strove to avoid the expected danger.

Earlier in the season, that old warrior Alan Jones found a way of felling Atkinson by denying him any hold to work from and he commented that by rights, these young lads should be felling him now. At Wolsingham in the 14st final, Atkinson gave him his answer by standing up straight when Jones slipped out of holds and then buttocking him by the ears twice. Spare a thought for Andrew Carlile, who has featured in two championship finals in a week and gone down in both. However, he can take pride in the way that he felled the precocious talent of John Harrington in the 12st Championship semi-final. In their previous encounters, it looked as though Carlile had lost confidence with the younger wrestler, who seemed able to put the hank in and eventually win the bout. At a stroke, Carlile put the doubts back in Harrington's mind when he swept him over backwards with a salto, a throw from the freestyle wrestling repertoire. Harrington was suddenly less keen to play the hank and after much manoeuvring, Carlisle felled him with an outside-stroke like a cobra strike.

John Harrington and David Atkinson between them had enlivened the wrestling at Grayrigg Show, where they both won twice. The Kendal area's strength lies in the heavier weights and it was an all-Kendal academy final in the 15 stones when John Wilson returned to the ring to show what buttocking is all about against Grasmere Heavyweight Champion Trevor Hodgson. Then in the All Weights the two lighter Carlisle wrestlers re-asserted themselves when Harrington took the first fall with an outside hipe but Atkinson hit back with a variety of hipes to win the competition.


Grayrigg Show

Girls 1, T Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, C Hodgson.

Under 12 Years 1, A Thompson; 2, J Hodgson; 3, B Dixon.

Under 15 Years 1, G Brocklebank; 2, A Thompson; 3, C Proctor.

Under 18 Years 1, John Harrington; 2, G Brocklebank; 3, A Thompson.

11 st 1, John Harrington; 2, S Dixon; 3, W Hayhurst.

13st 1, D Atkinson; 2, John Harrington; 3, S Dixon.

15st 1, J Wilson; 2, T Hodgson; 3, D Atkinson.

All weights 1, D Atkinson; 2, John Harrington; 3, T Hodgson.

Hesket Newmarket

Under 12 Years 1, A Hird; 2, S Mason;3, S Graham.

Under 15 Years/8st Championship 1, C Lowry; 2, T Mason; 3, S Wilkinson.

Under 18 Years 1, I Steel; 2, S Foster; 3, Joe Harrington.

12 st 1, D Miller; 2, S Coburn; 3, Joe Harrington.

Lowick Show

Under 12 Years 1, B Brocklebank; 2, P Maher; 3, W Hayhurst.

Under 15 Years 1, G Brocklebank; 2, J Gill; 3, W Hayhurst.

Under 18 Years 1, Brocklebank; 2, W Hayhurst; 3, J Gill.

12 st 1, P Barnes; 2, G Brocklebank; 3, W Hayhurst.

All Weights 1, T Brocklebank; 2, R Lowery; 3, P Barnes.

Wolsingham Show

Under 15 Years 1, R Johnston; 2, W Noimai; 3, B Blackett.

Under 18 Years 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Walton.

11st 1, John Harrington; 2, J Pattinson; 3,R Walton.

12st Championship 1, D Atkinson; 2, A Carlile; 3, John Harrington.

14st 1, D Atkinson 2, A Jones; 3, A Walton.

All Weights 1, R Leiper; 2, D Atkinson; 3, John Harrington.


Sept 12 (Sun) 12 noon Stanhope U12,U15,U18,11 ,13,AW;

3pm Whitfield U12,U15,U18,12,AW

Sept 16 (Thu) 3pm Loweswater U12,U15,U18,12 ,AW

Sept 18 (Sat) 2pm Egremont Crab Fair U12,U15,U18,11,13,AW

Sept 19 (Sun) 2pm Borrowdale 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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