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will be on the competitions at the Cumberland Show late tomorrow afternoon (July 16th) when the first of the Centenary Challenges will take place with enhanced prize-money to celebrate the Centenary of the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association. The £1000 prize-money for the All Weights is exceptional though it has been done before, but the £500 for the Under 15 Years takes boys' wrestling into new territory. The following Saturday it is the turn of the women at Penrith Show when they compete for £500.

The Centenary Challenges have certainly sent a buzz round the wrestlers, but last week it was the turn of grass roots wrestling at Plumbland where the tug-o-war teams at the village sports made up the bulk of the entry - bulk being the operative word. There were some regular wrestlers there, with Jack Brown winning the Under 12 Years and wrestling well enough against the odds in later weights, to win the trophy for the best performance in the wrestling. Phil Housby is a regular at Carlisle Wrestling Club during the winter and he duly back-heeled his way to victory in the Under 18 Years. John Harrington, nursing a dubious ankle from a previous week's bout, still had enough spare capacity to win the 13 stones with Phil Housby's dad Sid making a surprise appearance.

The main fun came in the All Weights when Sid Housby performed well to wrestle up in his second final, but was well beaten by A Douglas who was all shoulders and determination. The referee, multi-Champion Tom Harrington, was so impressed by Douglas's hipes and twists that he immediately set about persuading him to compete in the Centenary Challenge at Carlisle tomorrow.

The other wrestling of the weekend was at Haltwhistle Gala where Adam Ridley of Slaggyford was acclaimed as the best wrestler of the day with his thoughtful, slick wrestling. His only win of the day came in the Novices, but he also competed gamely against bigger opposition throughout the day.

Two Harringtons were also on good form. Joe from Kirkbride won the Under 18 Years at a canter and then half-cousin John from Bewaldeth took over in the next two weights, winning good falls with the swinging hipe.

In the All Weights against Alan Jones he was so busy keeping his injured leg out of range that he could not mount a good enough defence to keep Jones at bay. Jones then had lightweight Jonjo Pattinson to control in the final. For Pattinson this was his first wrestling of the year, so his three second places was a fair reward.

Results:

Plumbland

Under 12 Years: 1, J Brown; 2, B Kennedy; 3, B Williams.

Under 15 Years: 1, K Brown; 2, J Brown; 3, B Kennedy.

Under 18 Years: 1, P Housby; 2, W Noimai; 3, J Brown.

13st: 1, John Harrington; 2, S Housby; 3, G Pattinson.

All Weights: 1, A Douglas; 2, S Housby; 3, M Hedley.

Haltwhistle Gala

Under 12 Years: 1, J Brown; 2, R Walton; 3, R Main.

Under 15 Years: 1, F Healy; 2, A Ridley; 3, S Brocklebank.

Under 18 Years: 1, Joe Harrington; 2, A Ridley; 3, S Brocklebank.

Novice: 1, A Ridley; 2, C Ridley; 3, S Brocklebank.

11½st: 1, John Harrington; 2, J Pattinson; 3, C Ridley.

13st: 1, John Harrington; 2, J Pattinson; 3, A Ridley.

All Weights: 1, A Jones; 2, J Pattinson; 3, John Harrington.

Dates:

July 15th (Sat) 4pm Cumberland Show U12/U15 CC/U18/12/14/AW CC

July 16th (Sun) Great Eccleston U15yrs/8st Ch'ship

July 22nd (Sat) 1pm Penrith Show U12/U15/U18/10½st
Championship/13/AW Ladies Centenary Challenge.

July 23rd (Sun) 3pm Coniston

July 27th (Thu) Ambleside

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

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