Andrew Carlile of Carlisle

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.......... has a good eye for antique silverware and his collection was enhanced further at Patterdale where he won the 11 stones World Championship of Cumberland and Westmorland Style Wrestling.

Carlile's way was considerably smoothed when the holder, John Harrington, was weighed out before the action started. A good contingent of Kendal and Milnthorpe wrestlers played a good part in the action, but in the end two wrestlers from Carlisle Wrestling Club fought out the final. Richard Dixon, the present Under 18 Champion had faced Carlile in the 12st final at Morpeth a fortnight ago, but this time he made a better start, going ahead with a twist and a half buttock.

Carlile has added a new chip to his repertoire recently when he seems to be fighting for hold before quickly changing direction, stepping back with his right leg while twisting clockwise and down, sometimes adding a nudge with his right knee or foot to finish the move. He had used it successfully in the final at Morpeth, and it saved the day for him at Patterdale, twice.

Carlile currently holds three championships: the 10½ stones from Skelton Show last year, the 12 stones from Morpeth two weeks ago and last week's 11 stones. Unlike many of the Wrestling Association trophies, the 11st giant has always been allocated to the same category since 1906 when it was the heaviest weight below the All Weights. Now, with extra nutrition, the 11 stones is regarded as lightweights and the Championship weight categories go up to 15 stones.


The frustrated John Harrington at last got into action in the 13 stones where he felled Andrew Carlile in a three fall bout ending with a flowing swinging inside-hipe. Unfortunately, that form came to a halt in the final against Richard Dixon, when he fell in a way which would have broken me in several places. He was unable to continue, but the latest news is that no serious damage was done.

The All Weights brought in another dimension: Thomas Brocklebank of Warton. At Killington he looked on with a hand in plaster, but he had no impediments at Patterdale and hoisted all-comers high and handsome before flicking their legs sideways and grounding them. His brothers had already set the pace for him in the boys events, for Ben won the Under 12 Years by beating Rory Hodgson, a product of the Grasmere School coaching scheme, in the final. And Graham Brocklebank was in good form beating Sam Wilkinson in the final of the Under 18 Years.

The other winner was Jack Ewart of Westward who I prophesy will have no more wins in the Under 15 Years, on the basis that as you read this he has had another birthday. He certainly added to the entertainment at Patterdale with his final hurrah as he picked his way through the excellent young wrestlers from Milnthorpe Academy. His very last bout as a 14 year-old saw him digging deep with a leg-up buttock against Stuart Mason.


Under 12 Years: 1, B Brocklebank; 2, R Hodgson; 3, J Brown.

Under 15 Years: 1, J Ewart; 2, S Manon; 3, T Barnes.

Under 18 Years: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Wilkinson; 3, A Ord.

11st World Championship: 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon; 3, S Wilkinson.

13st: 1, R Dixon; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Carlile.

All weights: 1, T Brocklebank; 2, A Carlile; 3, A Ord.


1 July (Sat) - 2pm - Alston Gala - U12/U15/U18/11½/13/AW/ladies

2 July (Sun) - Langdale Gala | 2pm - Distington - U12/U15/U18/12½/AW

7 July (Fri) - 7.30pm - Plumbland - U12/U15/U18/13/AW

9 July (Sun) - Haltwhistle

15 July (Sat) 4pm - Cumberland Show - U15yrs CC & All Weights CC

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


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