Wrestling.................

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still has a few spectacular flourishes before the last bouts of the Grass Season at Buttermere on the last Saturday of October, but the indoor action has already started. Carlisle Wrestling Club's training programme will provide weekly sessions each Wednesday until April 2007, with coaches like Alan Jones, Tom Harrington and triple champion Andrew Carlile in charge.

The end of season flourishes include simultaneous events a hundred miles apart in two of the most beautiful settings: Alwinton Show in the Cheviot Hills and Wasdale Head Show in deepest lake District; the European Youth Championships of the International Federation of Celtic Wrestling at Lime House School; and a Grand Presentation Dinner to celebrate the Centenary of the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association.

Several of the Carlisle Club's wrestlers, Richard Dixon, Richard Fox, Joe and John Harrington and Josh Desborough, will be part of the English team for the European Espoirs Championships to be held in Lime House School Sports Hall on the 25th and 26th October. Andrew Carlile has been taking regular coaching sessions in Gouren, the highly technical Breton style of wrestling. Meanwhile the other Gouren expert, David Atkinson, who is reading Law at Newcastle University, has been travelling up to the new Rothbury Academy to train the heavyweight, Richard Younger, in the cunning arts of Gouren.

While he was there he also slotted into the Northumbrian coaching team to put the older lads through their paces. Andrew Ord at Yetholm Show attested to the exhausting rigour of the visiting coach.

The wrestling of the week was at Yetholm Show on the fringes of our traditional area. Its position, just a few miles into Scotland. Made it an ideal site to bring together the English and the Scots. Mick Phillips brought a load of lads and men from Dundee, and Rothbury Academy was there in force. Of the latter, Jack Hale and Andrew Ord did particularly well to keep the Scots at bay, but the Scots hit back with wins for Mick Phillips in the 11½ stones and John Hirsch with a powerful, assured performance in winning the 14½ stones.

With the All Weights the momentum swung back to the Northumbrians with Rothbury coach, Darren Whitfield, controlling the power of John Hirsch in the final.

Best of all, though, was the start of the wrestling when a rare Under 9 Years had a good entry and lots of good wrestling. Luckily there were no precocious monsters in the entry so all the bouts were settled by good instinctive wrestling, rather than pure strength. Then in the Under 13 Years Jack Brown stood out from the crowd not only by being the only wrestler immaculately turned out in the traditional strip, but also by a demonstration of top-class, technical wrestling which cut a swathe through heavier and older opponents.

And where did he learn to wrestle like that?Carlisle Wrestling Club, of course.

Results:

Yetholm Border Shepherds Show

Under 9 Years: 1, C Woodburn; 2, Harvey; 3, C Whitfield.

Under 13 Years: 1, J Brown; 2, J Reid; 3, J Watson.

Under 16 Years: 1, J Hale; 2, J Brown; 3, J Reid.

Under 18 Years: 1, A Ord; 2, R Wilkinson; 3, D Blair.

11½st: 1, M Phillips 1, R Wilkinson; 2, D Blair.

14½st: 1, J Hirsch; 2, A Ord; 3, D Blair.

All Weights: 1, D Whitfield; 2, J Hirsch; 3, T Fox.

Dates:

Oct 14 (Sat) 2pmAlwinton Show U10/U13/U15/U21/11½/14/AW

4pm Wasdale Head U11/U12/U13/U15/U18/10½/12/AW

25 (Wed)European Espoirs Championships at Lime House School, Dalston

1.30pm Opening Ceremony

2pm Gouren and Backhold wrestling

5pm

26 (Thur)European Espoirs Championships

10.30am Gouren (68kg, 74kg Pools)

5pm C&W Wrestling (Pools)

6pm Finals

October 27th (Fri)7.30pm CWWA Centenary Dinner, Shepherd's Inn, Carlisle

(Tickets from Alf Harrington or Roger Robson tel: 01697473559)

28 (Sat) Buttermere Show

October 12th 2006

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

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