'Wrestling in the Rain ...............'

HOW could wrestling compete with the real excitement of Loweswater Show - the collapse of the cattle tent in a blasting wind?

The rain did little to help, either, and the usual huge ringside crowd was all in cars heading home to warmth and safety before the wrestling even started. Luckily there were enough local young lads daft enough to wrestle in the rain and mud to sustain the boys' classes and the two top wrestlers, David Atkinson, of Carlisle, and John Harrington, of Bewaldeth, gave a touch of class in unpromising circumstances. The lighter man, John Harrington, seemed unstoppable when he won the Under 18 Years and then felled Atkinson, the double middleweight champion, in the 121/2st final. Atkinson, however, reasserted himself in the All Weights final to register a last win before heading off to wrestle with torts and codicils at Newcastle University Law School.

Egremont Crab Fair had another excellent turn-out of local youths but it was the veteran multi champion Alan Jones who mastered the young pretenders and the conditions to add another two wins to the steadily accumulating list in his autumnal season.

Borrowdale Shepherds' Meet was a remarkable event for John Harrington, who won four different categories. He had to fight every inch of the way with the Grasmere 13st Champion, Richard Fox but always had the last touch.

A feature of this season has been the addition of girls wrestling whenever possible. At Borrowdale, the crowd was treated to a highly competitive event with Emily Doolan and Kerry McKay battling it out in the final.

Results

Loweswater Show

Under 12: 1, L Smith; 2, J Smith; 3, C Lowther.

U15: 1, A Hayton; 2, D Smith; 3, L Smith.

U18: 1, John Harrington; 2, M Hayton; 3, A Hayton.

12½ st: 1, John Harrington; 2, D Atkinson; 3, M Hayton.

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

Egremont Crab Fair

U12: 1, R Pearson; 2, K McTaggart; 3, L Kendal.

U15: 1, G Postlethwaite; 2, D Short; 3, M Donaldson.

U18: 1, D Barnes; 2, J Hodgson; 3, R Pearson.

Girls 1, E Doolan: 2, K McKay; 3, J Murdoch.

11½ st: 1, John Harrington; 2, P Barnes; 3, J Hodgson.

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

All Weights: 1, A Jones; 2, John Harrington; 3, D Barnes.

Borrowdale Shepherds' Meet

U12: 1, D Ewart; 2, B Hooper; 3, S Graham.

U15: 1, T Strong; 2, J Scott; 3, D Ewart.

U18:1, John Harrington;

11½ st: 1, John Harrington; 2, R Fox; 3, J Ewart.

13st: 1, John Harrington; 2, R Fox; 3, P Barnes.

All Weights: 1, John Harrington; 2, R Fox; 3, P Barnes.

Dates

Saturday Sept 25th -12 noon: Langholm Show U12/U15/U18/121/2/AW

Eskdale U15/U18/101/2/12/AW

Saturday, Oct 2nd: Yetholm Show.

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

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