Robson celebrates third silver belt success in a row

TWO wrestlers reinforced their growing reputations by retaining their championship titles for another year.

Joseph Robson won the 14 stones at the Cumberland Show, and John Harrington the 11 stones at Great Eccleston Show.

The two finalists in the 14 stones both hiped their way through the rounds. Robson would lean into his man, ease him into the air and then twist to win.

David Atkinson would bend his knees, go low in for hold, then hoist his opponent high in the air on chest and leg before turning him in mid-air. For the final something had to give, and in the event each fall went to a counter to the hipe. Robson struck first with a cross buttock as Atkinson came up close to hipe.

Then, when Robson tried the hipe in the second hold, Atkinson landed on balance and twisted on to take the fall.

The decider saw Atkinson go for his favourite chip again, but Robson swamped him with his chest as the Carlisle wrestler leaned back to lift.

Robson, who won the European 90kg Championship in Brittany earlier in the year, has now won the silver belt three times in succession and four times in all.

Two of the closest matched wrestlers met in the final of the 11st championship at Great Eccleston Show – John Harrington, the holder, and Andrew Carlile, the former champion.

Carlile had the upper hand at the beginning of the season, but latterly Harrington has been coming out on top when they meet. For the first fall Carlile turned in and Harrington twisted him back. For the second decisive fall Harrington went for the outside hipe and Carlile had no answer.

The wrestling at the Cumberland Show was some of the most competitive of the season so far, with Richard Fox taking the 12 stones cup, and the Guinness Trophy for the best performance, after a dynamic display of attacking purposeful wrestling.

Alan Jones, in his third year of failing to retire, lost out to youth in the 14 stones first round when John Harrington legged him up for the decider, but he reasserted himself in the All Weights before he lost out to weight in the final with the Northumbrian Heavyweight Darren Whitfield.

At Great Eccleston Show David Barnes showed his growing competence when he felled Adam Threlfall in the final of the 14 stones, but the Threlfall family had the last word when cousins Joe and Chris wrestled out the All Weights final after an excellent heavyweight competition.

A face from the past made a welcome return to the ring at Carlisle and Great Eccleston. Royal Engineer Russell Ellwood, on leave from Afghanistan and Bosnia, intends to take part in as many events as possible in the next six weeks.

The third event of the week-end might well have been a thin do because it clashed with the 11st Championship, but Haltwhistle Carnival had a good base of local boy wrestlers from the South Tyne Valley, enhanced by some enthusiastic novice wrestlers.

Darren Whitfield won his second heavyweight final in two days.

Results: Cumberland Show

Under 12: 1, D Ewart; 2, J Brown; 3, P Murray.

Under 15: 1, G Benson; 2, J Ewart; 3, D Ewart.

Under 18: 1, R Dixon; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, C Potts.

12st: 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Fox.

14st: World Championship 1, J Robson; 2, D Atkinson; 3, D Barnes.

All Weights: 1, D Whitfield; 2, A Jones; 3, J Wharton.

Great Eccleston Show

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

Under 15: 1, S Wilkinson; 2, S Brocklebank; 3, D Parsons.

Under 18: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, L Derbyshire; 3, D Parsons.

11st: Championship 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, G Brocklebank.

14st: 1, D Barnes; 2, A Threlfall; 3, P Barnes.

All Weights: 1, Joe Threlfall; 2, R Threlfall; 3, R Ellwood.

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

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