John really clicked in Carlisle bouts

THE old Carlisle "mother ring" on the Swifts may have been under several feet of floodwater, but wrestling went ahead as usual on the mats in the cosy confines of the Currock House Gym last week.

For sheer consistency, and for some brilliant falls, John Harrington, took the eye with his win in the Under-18s and three second places in the seniors in Carlisle Wrestling Club's second points night of the indoor season.

The high points was when he felled Russell Housby in the All Weights. Housby, weighing in at 18½st, usually swats down the lighter wrestlers, but this time he failed to make the most of his first lift and he progressively lost position until Harrington caught him with an inside click which sent him reeling against the gym wall.

At the end of the round-robin system both wrestlers had lost one fall so it had to be a re-run for the decider. This time Housby was unruffled and felled Harrington to gain the top points. Andrew Carlile was out of the points in the All Weights, but prior to that he was in unstoppable form. Carlile is one of those wrestlers who are difficult to characterise.

He is not a buttocker or a hanker or a hiper, yet he can use all those techniques when needed. He has a re-active style which homes in on the slightest chance. Most of his falls came from sudden spins and twists, in the middle of the action. This lightning form gave him full points in both the lightweights and the middleweights.

The old battered trophy for the best performance in the junior wrestling went to Northumberland with Craig Ridley who won the Under 12 Years against the experienced Daniel Ewart and the 7 stones against his older brother Adam. His success, like that of Carlile, was the result of decisive twists at the crucial moment in a bout, the sort of instinctive skill that cannot be taught.

Results: Carlisle Wrestling Club 6st: 1, J Wright; 2, H Housby.

7st 1, C Ridley; 2, A Ridley; 3, S Hird; 4, J Wright.

81/2st 1, C Lowry; 2, W Noimai; 3, A Ridley; 4, T Strong.

10st 1, R Dixon; 2, T Strong; 3, C Lowry; 4, W Noimai.

Girls results : 1, H Housby; 2, S Hird. Under 12 Years 1, C Ridley; 2, D Ewart; 3, H Housby; 4, S Hird.

Under 15 Years 1, P Housby; 2, M Harrington; 3, J Ewart; 4, T Strong.

Under 18 Years 1 John Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, Joe Harrington; 4, A Hird.

111/2st 1, A Carlile; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Dixon.

13st 1, A Carlile; 2, A Walton; 3, John Harrington; 4, Joe Harrington. All Weights 1, R Housby; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Walton; 4, R Dixon

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

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