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Young contenders for the Under 18 Years Championship.....

...............travelled over the Border to Langholm Show from all over the Northern Counties; from Lancashire and the Central Lake District to Rothbury in Northumberland; from the Solway Coast in the west to Tynemouth on the North East Coast.

However, it would seem a short journey home for the new champion, Graham Brocklebank of Warton, who won the championship 36 years after his father Harry put his name on the cup.

In the first round Brocklebank felled one of the new breed of Northumbrians, James Oliver, who has been doing well in his first season since the Rothbury Academy opened. A back-heel and a hipe finished that job off. In the semi-final he showed his versatility by inside-clicking Graeme Benson of Langdale for the first fall. He then took the second with a back-heel which merely put Benson off balance, but Brocklebank followed up so persistently that Benson never regain his balance.

This set up the final between the two favourites Brocklebank who had won at Grasmere and Joe Harrington fresh from his big win, the Under 18 Centenary Challenge, at the Westmorland Show.

Harrington's main weapon is the hipe, and a hard developed as he tried to gain the right position and Brocklebank fought him off. Eventually Harrington got to where he wanted and Brocklebank flew up in the air to be turned and dumped on his back. The second fall looked to be going the same way with Brocklebank high in the air, but this time he was not conclusively turned, gained a toe-hold on solid ground and buttocked Harrington for a close fall.

Tension was high for the decider. Harrington's confidence seemed dented by the failed hipe in the previous round and Brocklebank took the initiative. He lifted Harrington on a hipe and then twisted back to win. All the years of training and travelling were suddenly worthwhile.

The youngest Brocklebank, Ben, beat his close rival, Jack Brown, in the final of the Under 12 Years. Cousin Tracy Hodgson felled Katy Brown in the Ladies final. And Fin Healy of Tynemouth easily won the Under 15 Years. Apart from that it was the John Harrington Show. He won the 12½ stones in grand style and flowed on through the All Weights till the final, when he was made to work particularly hard over four holds by the disappointed Joe Harrington. Their first was a dog-fall, then John won with a rush off the right side. Joe then equalised with his faithful inside-hipe before John finished off Joe and a good day's wrestling with an outside-hipe.

The Annual General Meeting of Carlisle Wrestling Club will be held in Currock House on Friday 6th October at 8pm. All those interested in furthering wrestling in the area are invited to attend.

Results:

Langholm Show

Under 12 Years: 1, B Brocklebank; 2, J Brown; 3, S Banden

Under 15 Years: 1, F Healy; 2, J Brown; 3, B Brocklebank.

Under 18 Years Championship: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, G Benson.

12½st: 1, John Harrington; 2, G Benson; 3, F Healy.

All Weights: 1, John Harrington; 2, Joe Harrington; 3, G Brocklebank.

Ladies Open: 1, T Hodgson; 2, K Brown; 3, C Hodgson.

Dates:

Sept 30 (Sat) 3pm Eskdale U15/U18/10½/12/AW

Oct 6th (Fri) 8 pm Carlisle Wrestling Club AGM, Currock House

Oct 7 (Sat) 2pm Yetholm U9/U13/U16/U18/11½/14½/AW

last updated: 2/10/06

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

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