Carlisle regain the Academy Shield

CARLISLE Wrestling Club deservedly won back the Academy Shield from Waberthwaite Academy at Bootle Station last week.

The Carlisle team did not dominate the match, but they had a full team which was competitive at every weight. Waberthwaite had the best of starts through midge-weight Andrew Woodend in the 6 Stones. He won all his bouts and so impressed the judge, Stan Roberts, that he was awarded the trophy for the best performance in all the categories. In the 7st, 8st and 9st sections, only Douglas Parsons of Milnthorpe was unbeaten. The spoils were well spread out among the other wrestlers, with Craig Ridley of the Carlisle second team doing as well as anyone when he lost only one fall in the 7 Stones. After four sections Carlisle had just edged ahead by two points, but in the next three sections their wrestlers Richard Dixon, Andrew Carlile and John Harrington built a virtually unassailable lead, which is just as well for the other academies fought back with some excellent bouts. Unbeaten were Waberthwaite's Stephen Garnett (13st), Kendals Joseph Robson and John Wilson (14 and 15st), and John Threlfall, guesting for Milnthorpe in the All Weights. But Carlisle wrestlers eventually won by six points.

Any wrestler who wishes to qualify for the CWWA Basic Coaching Certificate, has a chance next Wednesday, December 15, to be assessed for the practical element at Carlisle Wrestling Club, The Gym, Currock House.

The Child Protection element will be held on Monday, February 7 at St Aidan's School, Carlisle (6.30pm).

A slide show of photographs from Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling events of 2004 drew wrestling supporters to Carlisle from far afield. The event launched the sale of a CD which is an archive for wrestling in 2004.

It includes all my wrestling articles.

The CD is available from me, call 016974 73559, at a cost of 6.50 plus postage. Profits go to the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

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

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