Season’s wrestling titles still up for grabs

IN CUMBERLAND and Westmorland this year no-one knows who is going to win what. First one wrestler than another hits form or has an off day and no pattern of results emerges.

The Under 18 Years Championship at Dalston was a case in point when, for the first time in years there was no firm favourite although three of the most likely lads, Richard Walton, Joe Harrington and Richard Dixon, ended up in the semi-finals.

Not surprisingly, the final bouts were closely fought. When Richard Dixon felled Richard Walton in the semi-final that closeness meant three bouts of close intensive action with hanks and buttocks and leg-ups and lifts.

The closeness of the final between Richard Dixon of Lessonhall and Joe Harrington of Kirkbampton produced stalemate.

The first bout was lengthy and ended with Dixon winning by a short head as they sprawled forward from a leg-up buttock.

The last bout went on for ever as Dixon turned in and gained control of Harrington’s head. Occasionally, Harrington fought free and lifted Dixon, but could not turn him. In the end Dixon won with a twist over the knee.

Another Championship was settled the following day when Forestburngate in Northumberland hosted the 15 Stones Championship. Despite good prize-money and excellent entries in the rest of the wrestling programme, there were only five competitors in the Championship.

One far-travelled main contender, Trevor Hodgson, was felled by the weighing scales before the event began, and it was left to two Northumbrian cousins, Keith Younger and Robert Leiper to contest the final. Leiper, the more experienced of the two, hiped twice to win.

In a week-end of excellent wrestling, the outstanding performance for me was Richard Fox’s double win at Gilsland Show.

Every bout was alive with action as he buttocked and back-heeled his way through the opposition.

Results

Dalston Show

Under 12 years: 1, J Brown; 2, D Miller; 3, M McBratney.

Under 15 years: 1, G Benson; 2, W Noimai; 3, S Wilkinson.

Under 18 years Championship: 1, R Dixon; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, R Walton.

11½st: 1, J Harrington; 2, R Fox; 3, R Dixon.

13st: 1, A Carlile; 2, A Walton; 3, G Benson.

All Weights: 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, A Walton.

Gilsland Show

Under 13 years: 1, S Mark; 2, C Ridley; 3, J Raine.

Under 17 years: 1, R Walton; 2, W Noimai; 3, F Healey.

11½st: 1, R Fox; 2, R Walton; 3, A Carlile.

All Weights: 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Walton.

Forestburngate

Under 10 years: 1, J Ferguson; 2, J Walton; 3, G Crane.

Under 13 years: 1, J Hodgson; 2, D Crane; 3, J Brown.

Under 15 years: 1, T Hodgson; 2, J Ferguson; 3, F Healey.

Under 18 years: 1, R Walton; 2, C Davies; 3, W Noimai.

12½st: 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, A Walton.

15st Championship: 1, R Leiper; 2, K Younger; 3, John Harrington.

All Weights: 1, D Whitfield; 2, R Younger; 3, R Leiper.

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

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