Sedbergh Gala.........

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....... opened up the 2006 wrestling season in South Cumbria, and immediately proved how well the academies at Kendal and Milnthorpe had prepared their wrestlers.

For some odd reason the Kendal area senior wrestlers are almost universally heavyweights. Lighter wrestlers tend to have several years of growing to do. Hence, in the All Weights, Kendal wrestlers took all three places. In the early rounds they saw off the threat from the North, in the shape of several younger and lighter wrestlers from Carlisle Wrestling Club. Joe Threlfall, from the South, i.e. Preston, began well with a hipe against Trevor Hodgson of Dent, but Hodgson fought back to win the next two bouts with a back-heel and twists. In the semi-final, Joseph Robson of Grayrigg in turn, inside-hiped Hodgson, twice.

This, appropriately, set up a final between the two main coaches at Kendal Academy, Robson and John Wilson. Robson, the 14st Champion, showed no ring-rust after being laid off from wrestling for most of last season with a shoulder injury, as he went on to hipe and twist back for the first fall and buttock for the second.

In the 13 stones, Carlisle wrestlers dominated, but also eliminated each other, so that only Richard Dixon in third place and John Harrington the winner made it into the prize money. Graham Brocklebank had done well to make it to the final but he made little impression on John Harrington who hiped him for one fall and then snapped in at him with an inside-click to put him on his back for the second fall.

Brocklebank, the Under 15 Years Champion, has been a good wrestler for some years, and on the evidence of Sedbergh, that progress goes on. In the final of the Under 16 Years, Douglas Parsons from Milnthorpe Academy, had no answer to Brocklebank's power and technique, but neither did anyone else in the entry.

One of the best finals of the day came in the Boys' Under 14 Years, when Stuart Mason of Milnthorpe Academy registered a good win after four holds with Scott Brocklebank of Warton. Brocklebank had an excellent strike rate last year, and was the heavier lad, but Mason persevered after losing the first fall to emerge the winner, eventually.

Ben Brocklebank was another wrestler who spent time out of the ring last season through injury, so his skilful win in the Under 12 Years final against William Hayhurst, hanking and buttocking for the deciding falls, must have had extra zest.

Results: Sedbergh Gala

Under 12 Years: 1, B Brocklebank; 2, W Hayhurst; 3,

Under 14 Years: 1, S Mason; 2, S Brocklebank; 3, B Brocklebank.

Under 16 Years: 1. G Brocklebank; 2, Douglas Parsons; 3, S Brocklebank.

13st: 1, John Harrington; 2, G Brocklebank; 3, R Dixon.

All Weights: 1, J Robson; 2, J Wilson; 3, T Hodgson.

Dates:

29 May (Mon) 1.30pm - Corbridge Show - U14/U18/11½/13½/AW

1 June(Thu)- Killington

10 June (Sat)- Roman Wall Show

11 June (Sun)- Morpeth- 12st Championship

17 June (Sat) - Kirkheaton

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

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