First Points Night of the winter season

CARLISLE Wrestling Club had two hours of continuous wrestling on its first Points Night of the winter season.

For most of the time heavyweight Russell Housby sat smiling and chatting ringside. When he eventually stepped on the mats, he had four bouts of devastating simplicity when he splattered his opponents on the mat (without doing them any damage!) to gain maximum points. Of course, Housby did have some advantages. An extra four or five stones helps, and his opponents were already in various states of exhaustion after the lightweight and middleweight sections. Alan Walton won the 13 stones after some intense and prolonged wrestles when he just managed to keep the younger generation at bay in the round-robin system. He lost one fall to John Harringtons sharp back-heel, but Harrington, too, lost a fall to Andrew Carlile, so there had to be a sudden death wrestle-off to decide the winning points. Harrington put on the hank, from which he has various options, but Walton cut right through those by kicking the hank out and twisting to win. John Harrington did more wrestling and had more success than anyone else, for he is still only 17 and a lightweight, so he figured prominently in four sections, winning at Under 18 Years against Joe Harrington in the final, and then going unbeaten through the round-robin of the 11 stones. He also took second place in the two heavier sections. After Russell Housby had walked all over them in the All Weights, Alan Walton, Andrew Carlile and John Harrington were left to fight over the scraps with a three-way wrestle-off for the places. Harringtons right leg outside-hipe cleaned up Andrew Carlile.

In the boys classes, Callum Lowry showed skill and his usual determination, but it was newcomer Watchai Noimai who caught the judges eyes for he was awarded the trophy for the best performance in all the boys classes. A year ago he lived in a remote area of Thailand, before he came to live with his stepfather in Anthorn. His wrestling and his English have blossomed and with some training on the mats he is becoming more and more formidable.

The age of the digital camera has made the photography of wrestling so much easier and better. This pictorial essence of the Wrestling Season 2004 will be on display at a slide show organised by Carlisle Wrestling Club for CWWA funds at Currock House, Carlisle, at 7pm on Sunday, December 5.

Results:

Carlisle Wrestling Club:

Under 12 Years: 1, C Ridley; 2, D Ewart; 3, P Murray; 4, H Housby.

Under 15 Years: 1, C Lowry; 2, W Noimai; 3, J Ewart; 4, A Ridley.

Under 18 Years: 1, John Harrington; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, R Dixon; 4, P Housby.

6st: 1, P Murray; 2, H Housby.

7st: 1, A Ridley; 2, C Ridley; 3, P Murray; 4, H Housby

8st: 1, W Noimai; 2, C Lowry; 3, A Ridley; 4, M Harrington.

10st: 1, R Dixon; 2, W Noimai; 3, C Lowry; 4, J Ewart.

11st: 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, R Dixon; 4, J Pattinson.

13st: 1, A Walton; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Carlile; 4, Joe Harrington.

All Weights: 1, R Housby; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Carlile; 4, A Walton.

Dates:

Saturday, December 4, The Academy Shield at Bootle Station (weigh-in at 7.30pm).

Sunday, December 5, A slide show of images from 25 wrestling events from 2004 at Currock House, Carlisle (7pm).

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

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