Glorious scenery is not compulsory.........

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.............as a backdrop to Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, but it is often there, and nowhere more spectacularly than at the simultaneous events, Alwinton Show in the Cheviot Hills and Wasdale Head Show a hundred miles away embedded amongst the highest mountains in the Lake District.

A huge throng of people gathered round the rings at both events. Alwinton has the biggest wrestling ring of the lot, and most of the 5000 people attending the event were massed around to watch the action.

Eight tiny lads set the ball rolling and set the crowd cheering when they fought for the Under 10 Years crown. Joe Hale felled Tom Wade in the final and won the main prize, but there were well-deserved medals for everyone who took part.

Brother and sister, Joe and Donna Thompson, each won tough events. Joe started badly in the final of the Under 13s when he broke his hold while trying to cope with the much bigger James Raine but then he got into gear and took the next two falls with good footwork and twisting. All the entrants for the Girls event were trained wrestlers, which is a good sign of the times, and that made it all the more satisfying, for Donna to come top of the pile.

So big was the wrestling entry that Sudden Death single falls came into play so that the wrestling could finish before dark, so there was an extra edge to the bouts as Richard Younger took the Under 21 Years trophy.

For a time then the crowd was entertained by a double act called Carlile and Harrington. In a large entry Andrew Carlile and John Harrington twice wrestled their way to a final. In the 11½ stones Harrington gained first blood by countering Carlile's buttocking attempt and seemed in full control of the situation.

In the 14 stones final you might have expected more of the same, but Carlile had obviously been thinking and focusing all his power and skill for he was in command. He won the first fall with a sneaky little backover twist that catches so many wrestlers out at the beginning of a bout. After a dog-fall for the second hold, he exploded into action in the third with a swinging inside hipe that had no answer.

In the All weights, which reverted to best-of-three falls, the local Heavyweight, Darren Whitfield, carefully picked his way through the rounds. The early part of each bout would be a softening up process, and then when the moment was right he struck with a killer blow. In the final David Atkinson strove manfully to find a way to move the big man, but Whitfield was too experienced to be dealt a sucker blow, weathered the storm and then won with a leg-up buttock.

Wasdale Head was a happy hunting ground for the extended Brocklebank family. Ben won the Under 12s; half-cousin Scott went one better by winning both the Under 13s and Under 15; finally, Graham looked as if he would walk of with three wins, but at the very last young Luke Benn of Wabertwaite Academy pulled out all the stops to win the last bouts of the day.

Results:

Alwinton Show

Under 10 Years 1, J Hale; 2, T Wade; 3, C Mason.

Under 13 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, J Raine; 3, J Loughborough.

Under 15 Years 1, F Healy; 2, D Crane; 3, L Davison.

Girls Under 17 Years 1, D Thompson; 2, K Brown; 3, L Jones.

Under 21 Years 1, R Younger; 2, John Harrington; 3, J Hale.

11½st 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, R Parsons.

14st 1, A Carlile; 2, John Harrington; 3, A Ord.

All Weights 1, D Whitfield; 2, D Atkinson; 3, K Younger.

Wasdale Head

Under 11 Years 1, M Hodgson; 2, A Newell; 3, J Porter.

Under 12 Years 1, B Brocklebank; 2, A Newell; 3, T Porter.

Under 13 Years 1, S Brocklebank; 2, P Murray; 3, B Brocklebank.

Under 15 Years 1, S Brocklebank; 2, B Mahovic; 3, P Murray.

Under 18 Years 1, G Brocklebank 2, S Brocklebank; 3, A Porter.

10½st 1 B Mahovic; 2, A Porter; 3, B Brocklebank.

12st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, A Porter; 3, J Taylor

All Weights 1, L Benn; 2, G Brocklebank; 3, A Price.

Dates:

25 (Wed) (NB No Carlisle Wrestling Club tonight)

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

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

(Tickets from Alf Harrington or Roger Robson

tel: 01697473559)

28 (Sat) Buttermere Show

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (October 20th 2006)

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