Results and comment from the third men's Points Night of the winter season

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The wrestling mats at Currock House were tested to the limits by a series of spectacular bouts during the third men's Points Night of the winter season.

Andrew Carlile of Carlisle set the standard when he flung Richard Dixon of Lessonhall up and away on a swinging hipe. And that level of intensity flowed right through the three weights until Richard Fox felled John Harrington in the last bout of the night to clinch the All Weights section after a wrestle off. Thoughout the night it was a case of Anything you can do, I can do better. Richard Fox buttocked; Joe Harrington inside hiped; John Harrington outside hiped; and Richard Dixon legged up for some great falls but their wrestling was better than that simplistic view for they wrestled with subtlety and deft reaction.

Tom Harrington reckoned, and he should know, that these young men could have held their own in any age.

The lightweights ended in a three way tie so more wrestling was required to sort out the places. In the All Weights, too, there were extra bouts. Only John Harrington in the middleweights went right through the round robin without dropping a fall.

Yet, despite the feast of good wrestling in the men's classes, perhaps the best fall and the biggest applause of the night was when a tiny lad, Daniel Parker of nearby Currock played a perfect inside click against a bigger lad to win the wrestle-off for fourth place in the 8½ stones. The club coach, Alan Jones, was beaming for guess what he had been teaching young Daniel last week.

Despite his heroics, Daniel Parker, was not the wrestler to win the trophy for the best performance of the night. That honour went to Paul Murray of Arlecdon who won his own weight at 7 stones with power and control, and then surpassed himself in the final of the 8½ stones when he took the Under 15/8st Champion Adam Ridley to four falls before going down.

Carlisle Wrestling Club Points Winners

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

7st 1, P Murray; 2, J Brown; 3, L Parker; 4, J Walton.

8½st 1, A Ridley; 2, P Murray; 3, C Ridley; 4, D, Parker.

10st 1, W Noimai; 2, C Ridley; 3, J Desborough; 4, D Ewart.

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

Under 12 Years 1, J Brown; 2, H Kennedy; 3, J Walton; 4, R Graham.

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

Under 18 Years 1, Joe Harrington; 2, A Ridley; 3, J Thompson; 4, J Desborough.

Best Performance Trophy, Junior Wrestling: Paul Murray

Men's 11½st 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon; 3, John Harrington; 4, J Desborough.

13st 1, John Harrington; 2, R Fox; 3, A Carlile; 4, Joe Harrington.

All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Dixon; 4, Joe Harrington

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

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