The 12st World Championship at Morpeth.............

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.............had a small entry, but the wrestling was of the highest calibre. Any one of four Carlisle Academy wrestlers had the ability to take the title and they slowly eliminated each other with a series of close skilful bouts.

First into the ring were Richard Dixon of Lessonhall and Richard Fox of Longtown. Inches made the difference between them. After a dog-fall in their second hold, Dixon clinched the win in the third bout when he stopped Fox's buttock and drove him forward. Each wrestler strove to keep his head from touching first, but Dixon found leverage from his long legs to drive Fox into the ground.

The other two Carlisle wrestlers, the holder John Harrington and the 10½st Champion Andrew Carlile, also met in the first round. The first bout ended messily with Harrington trying to hank and Carlile twisting him down first, but only just. The second bout was much more decisive when Carlile jumped ahead of Harrington's hipe and on landing went straight into a leg-up buttock which brought his man cleanly over.

After some mopping up of local opposition Dixon and Carlile met in the final. The first bout saw Carlile pushing for hold and driving round anti-clockwise as is usual, but he was using these movements as feints to set up his opponent for a sudden unconventional clockwise swirling twist, finished off with a little nudge from his knee. The second bout was a longer affair as the two wrestlers jockeyed for position, Carlile with all the hold and Dixon with a strong hank in place. After a few failed attempts to get rid of the hank, Carlile gave up on the idea of keeping Dixon up in the air and instead reached to click the hanker's standing leg to push him forward and down. Dixon took evasive action and the two wrestlers were briefly balanced side by side. The win would go to whichever wrestler got his knee forward first to act as a pivot, and that was what Carlile did to take the fall.

Dixon's day was not over for he wrestled through to the final of the All Weights where the power of Richard Younger was unstoppable.

The defeated champion John Harrington did not leave empty-handed for he won the 14½ stones in a tough final with Alan Jones. The day before he had been going even better, for at the Roman Wall Show he won both the 11½ stones and the 13½ stones, before taking on Darren Whitfield in the final of the All weights, where Whitfield had too much weight and too much off for Harrington to succeed.

Another wrestler had a win at both events; Andrew Ord is young, tall and powerful, and has been well schooled at Rothbury Academy. He uses his height well, lifting and hiping the opposition.

Results: Roman wall Show

Under 12 Years: 1, J Raine; 2, J Brown; 3, R Palmer.

Under 17 Years: 1, A Ord; 2, A Ridley; 3, C Ridley.

11½st: 1, John Harrington; 2, F Healey; 3, A Ridley.

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

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

Morpeth Gala

Under 12 Years: 1, J Brown; 2, T Kelly; 3, C Whitfield.

Under 16 Years: 1, W Noimai; 2, D Crane; 3, S McKenzie.

Under 18 Years: 1, A Ord; 2, A Duthie; 3, S McKenzie.

12st World Championship: 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon; 3, S McKenzie.

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

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


June 17 (Sat) 3.30pm Kirkheaton U12/U15/U18/15st/AW

June 18 Sun) (11pm) Silloth U12/U15/U18/11½/13/AW

June 25 (Sun) (2pm) Patterdale U12/U15/U18/11st Championship/13/AW

July1 (Sat) Alston Gala

July 2 (Sun) Langdale Distington

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


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