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The first serious wrestling bouts of 2006 sent out a clear message: Richard Dixon could be the man to watch in this New Year. On the mats at Currock House, he lost only one fall in four sections of the club Points Night.

Last year's Grass Season was a good one for him with a double championship success in the boys and notable wins in the men's wrestling. 2006 could be even better as his strength catches up with his height. His sharp reactions and wide range of chips were clearly evident on the mats as he hanked and buttocked and hiped.

The solitary fall that he conceded was something special, too, when Andrew Carlile took him up and away on a swinging hipe.

A small battered cup that may once have looked silvery is one of the most precious and hard earned trophies in wrestling these days, for it rewards the best performance of the night in the junior wrestling. Helen Housby was a contender with her stylish win amongst the boys in the Under 12 Years, but there was no real dobt about the winner, for Adam Ridley of Slaggyford won both his own weight category, the 8½ stones, in a final with Michael Harrington, then went on to fell Jack Ewart of Westward in the Under 15 Years.

Not content with that, he then reached the final of the 10 stones only to go down to the crips counters and attacks of Josh Desborough of Carlisle.

For the young wrestlers at Milnthorpe Academy their indoor training and competitions have taken on a new sense of purpose as four of them have their air tickets booked to compete in Brittany in March.

One of the biggest events of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling actually takes place each year in the Breton town of Carhaix. Around 150 wrestlers compete in the Breton Backhold Championships which are divided into numerous age and weight groups for both male and female wrestlers. The event is for individuals rather than teams but wrestlers from several other countries are invited.

The Milnthorpe wrestlers who will be competing on March 19th are young and light: Stuart Mason (12yrs, 56kg), Douglas Parsons (13yrs, 56kg), Tom Mason (15yrs, 60kg) and Sam Wilkinson (15yrs, 66kg), but each will have the opportunity to compete against appropriate opposition.

Any other wrestlers wishing to participate should phone me (01697473559) in the next week.

Carlisle wrestlers attended the funeral of Russell Morton who died at Wetheral recently. Russell had trained at Carlisle Wrestling Club over the past months.

Results: Carlisle Wrestling Club Points Night

6st 1, J Brown; 2, H Housby; 3, D Parker; 4, L Parker.

7st 1, P Murray; 2, J Brown; 3, H Housby; 4, K Brown.

8½st 1, A Ridley; 2, M Harrington; 3, C Ridley; 4, J Brown.

10st 1, J Desborough; 2, A Ridley; 3, P Murray; 4, C Ridley.

Under 12 Years 1, H Housby; 2, J Brown; 3, J Thompson; 4, D Parker.

Under 15 Years 1, A Ridley; 2, J Ewart; 3, D Ewart; 4, C Ridley.

Under 18 Years 1, R Dixon; 2, P Housby; 3, D Thompson; 4, C Ridley.

Girls 1, D Thompson; 2, K Brown; 3, H Housby.

11½st 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon; 3, J Desborough.

13st 1, R Dixon; 2, A Carlile; 3, Joe Harrington; 4, J Desborough.

All Weights 1, R Dixon; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, A Carlile; 4, J Desborough.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (February 10th 2011)


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