Teenager Graham follows in family's winning footsteps

GRANDFATHER Wilf was a champion wrestler several times; his father, Harry, won both the 14st and Heavyweight Championship, so there was a sense of inevitability about Graham Brocklebank of Warton winning the Boys Under 15 Years Championship at Carlisle Vintage Society Rally.

Last year he was virtually unbeaten, but failed to win the top honour when Chris Walton felled him at Silloth. This year he is bigger, stronger and an even better wrestler after another winter on the Kendal Academy mats.

All the way to the final he was lifting, hiping, swinging, but Graeme Benson of Langdale, who plays rugby for Kendal, made him change his tactics by taking the first fall of the final.

Brocklebank attacked with a back-heel but Benson twisted him back and down. Plan B then came into play with Brocklebank gaining a good hold and then felling Benson off the right side, just as dad would have done 20 years ago.

Brocklebank must have been nervous about losing again as favourite, but there was no sign of that as he went for the right chip at the right time, flattening Benson with a well timed inside-click for the deciding fall.

Carlisle wrestlers dominated the men's event, with David Barnes, Andrew Carlile, David Atkinson and John Harrington all giving a good show of clever wrestling. John Harrington of Bewaldeth found the extra ounce and inch to fell Andrew Carlile in the final of the 12½ stones for his first win of the season, and would be especially pleased with a neat outside-hipe from a standing start which won the decider in a three fall final.

David Atkinson of Carlisle went down in the semi-finals of the middleweights, but in typical resilient fashion, found the extra needed to win the All Weights with panache.

Killington Sports wove its magic again with its unfeasibly hillocky field: Hordes of girls, boys, men and women charged up hills and round the parked cars and occasionally down the home straight. They threw eggs, collected taties, raced in sacks or with tied ankles, battered each other with pillows... and wrestled furiously.

Tracy Hodgson woke up after being dumped down in the mire by Emily Postlethwaite for the first fall of the Girls final to win the next two. The scales sank into the ground as the men weighed for the 13 stones, but the conditions did nothing to hamper the quality of the wrestling. One fall in particular stands out when John Wilson looked to have David Atkinson dead and buried with his head tightly clamped and close to the ground, just waiting for the final killer buttock.

Instead, Atkinson burrowed under his man, arched his back and threw him low over his right shoulder for a clear but close win. Ironically, the effect of that fall was nullified when Wilson won the next two. Then he was felled in turn by Andrew Carlile.

The final say went to Joseph Robson of Grayrigg, who had to improvise to shake off John Harrington's hank by inside hiping and then changing to an outside-hipe in mid air.

Results: Killington Sports

Girls Under 16 1, T Hodgson; 2, E Postlethwaite; 3, C Musgrove.

Under 12 Years 1, S Brocklebank; 2, S Mason; 3, B Brocklebank.

Under 15 Years 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Wilkinson; 3, J Ewart.

13st 1, D Atkinson; 2, D Parsons; 3, A Carlile.

All Weights 1, J Robson; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Carlile.

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