Wrestlers gear up for Euro challenge

THE wrestling season begins in less than a month with the usual flourish with four events packed into the first eight days, including the Boys Under 15 Years Championship hosted by Carlisle Vintage Society.

Before the new season starts, however, there is still unfinished business to complete. Milnthorpe Academy rounds off its winter programme with a Finals Night at Dallam Sports Pavilion in Milnthorpe on Saturday night with open competitions.

Carlisle Wrestling Club's regular Wednesday training sessions will continue. One of the factor in the sustained interest is that a succession of different coaches have been taking the sessions as part of their assessments for the CWWA Coaching Certificate.

At the moment wrestlers can train twice a week on the mats at Currock House, Carlisle, for each Sunday afternoon the wrestlers who are bound for Brittany are training in the Gouren style. A key nucleus of wrestlers has been sharpening up for the European Championships which take place in Brittany in a week's time.

One welcome addition to the wrestling calendar is the move by Lowther Horse Trials, one of the biggest events in Cumbria, to sponsor wrestling with substantial prize-money.

Jennings Brewery's purchase by a Midlands company could have repercussions for wrestling if the regional nature of the product and marketing are affected. We can only hope that "Cross Buttock Ale" will not be a thing of the past, and that the Brewery's substantial support at Grasmere Sports may continue.

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

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