In a dynamic night of action.......

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...............at Carlisle Wrestling Club, Richard Dixon, John Harrington and Andrew Carlile all had good wins.

Richard Dixon blasted Andrew Carlile away with that explosive, long-legged buttock of his to win the 11½st round-robin competition.

Carlile had little success in the 13 stones either for John Harrington was the one who ploughed through the opposition without losing a fall, ending up with a leg-up buttock on Richard Dixon, which you would have said was impossible.

In the end an inch decided the overall winner when Richard Fox went to hank Harrington. He was winning all the way until the last milli-second when Harrington found enough purchase to stop the momentum and twist down.

John Harrington looked as if he was going to go through the night unbeaten, until a bizarre slip, literally when he lost his grip mid-wrestle with Andrew Carlile late on in the round-robin. Carlile had thoroughly woken up in the All Weights group, having only lost to Joe Harrington. When the points were tallied, both he and John Harrington were equal first, so there had to be a decider, sudden death.

In a night of good wrestling, that last fall was a magnificent finale. In the attacking manner, which is so much the fashion amongst our best wrestlers these days, Andrew Carlile swung Harrington off his feet, up high in the air before twisting him, mid-air so that he had no feet to land on. Most people would struggle to lift 12 stones off the ground, but to do it with such speed and grace to 12 stones of reluctant, sinewy, fast-reactioned, experienced wrestler requires a special talent.

The men's wrestling followed a full night of competition for the youngsters who flock from distance, Alston, Haydon Bridge, Arlecdon, Kirkbampton,  to the Gym at Currock House each week.

That wonderfully battered little trophy for the best performance was returned from last time by Jack Brown, then taken home by big sister, Katy. She is a polite, gentle girl, and in the past her wrestling has been gentle and polite. This time we saw the ruthless, coiled spring Katy Brown, who cross-buttocked and twisted to win the 8½ stones, wrestle up in the 10 stones and take a first fall from Donna Thompson in the Girls' final. Watch out! She's dangerous.

Carlisle Wrestling Club Points Night

6st 1, D Miller; 2, K Miller; 3, D Lawson; 4, P Potts.
7st 1, J Brown; 2, K Miller; 3, A Wheadon; 3, D Miller.
8½st 1, K Brown; 2, A Douglas; 3, K Miller; 4, A Wheadon.
10st 1, W Noimai; 2, K Brown; 3, M Atkinson; 4, P Murray.
Girls 1, D Thompson; 2, K Brown; 3, B Ridley
Under 12 Years 1, J Brown; 2, A Douglas; 3, H Douglas; B Wilde.
Under 15 Years 1, M Atkinson; 2, K Miller; 3, K Brown; 4, D Lawson.
Under 18 Years 1, Joe Harrington; 2, D Thompson; 3, W Noimai; 4, M Atkinson.
Men's 11½st 1, R Dixon; 2, A Carlile; 3, M Fisher.
13st 1, John Harrington; 2, R Fox; 3, A Carlile; 4, R Dixon.
All Weights 1, A Carlile; 2, John Harrington; 3, Joe Harrington; 4, R Fox.
Best Performance: Katy Brown

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

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