Wrestlers head for Breton event

A TEAM of wrestlers from the Northern Counties is in Brittany for the European Championships of the International Federation of Celtic Wrestling seeking individual honours in their own style of wrestling and in Gouren, the Breton wrestling style.

In addition they will be trying to regain the fine team trophy which they won in 1987, 1988 and 1993.

An influx of competing nations, such as the Leonese, Sardinians, and Austrians has made it more difficult to win, but we have always given a good account of ourselves.

Two years ago, the last time the Championships were held, our wrestlers amassed more points per head than any other team. Unfortunately, there were not enough heads, for we lacked a lightweight and a heavyweight, so the team had an impossible task even though David Atkinson won the trophy for the best performance in the whole event, and Andrew Carlile was voted best backhold wrestler.

This time we are likely to be without a heavyweight, as Russell Housby withdrew because of work commitments so we are unlikely to bring the main trophy back.

At least we are better off than the Friesland team from Holland which has had to withdraw completely. Most of their wrestlers are Judo players from a strong club based and the championships clash with a Judo event in Holland.

On the home front wrestlers from the Academies at Kendal and Waberthwaite travelled to Milnthorpe on Saturday for the Finals Night and Open Competitions which rounds off the indoor season. Best of the bunch was Graham Brocklebank who cut a swathe through the opposition.

Milnthorpe Wrestling Academy Finals Night

Points Winners

Under 13 Years:1, Douglas Parsons; 2, Ben Hamer; 3, Stuart Mason; Under 16 Years: 1, Sam Wilkinson; 2, Simon Knight; 3, Tom Mason.

Medals for meritorious performances went to Chris Inman, Luke Carling and Laura Hamer

Open Competitions

Under 10 Years: 1, B Brocklebank; 2, D. Hodgson; 3, W Atkinson;

Under 13 Years 1, S Mason; 2, W North; 3, A Woodend;

Under 16 Years 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Knight; 3, S Wilkinson;

13st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Wilkinson; 3, D Parsons;

All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Wilkinson; 3, S Knight.

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

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