Carlisle Wrestling Club's ...............

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.....last Points Night of the winter season produced two hours of intense wrestling which left the trophies well spread out amongst the protagonists.

The men's wrestling results seemed to make little sense: whilst Richard Dixon was well ahead in winning the 11½st Points Trophy, the wrestler in second place, Andrew Carlile, then went on to win the All Weights. In the 13 stones the battle for the trophy was between Richard Fox and John Harrington. Unfortunately for Fox he had missed the first Points Night in November, so was unable to overhaul Harrington despite winning twice.

Amongst the youngsters, the Brown family did particularly well, with Jack winning the 7 stones and the Under 12 Years, and big sister, Katie, winning the girls and the 8½ stones. Katie also impressed the judges on this last night of indoor competition when they awarded her the cup for the best performance of the night. Of late she has developed a cross-buttock to be feared, to add to her other armoury of wrestling chips.

The closest contest of all was in the Under 15 Years when Craig Ridley had to win on the night to have any chance of winning the Points Trophy. In the final he felled his nearest rival Mike Atkinson, ending with a neatly timed back-heel against the bigger lad. This result meant that the two lads were exactly level after four Points Nights. The sudden death wrestle-off was a tense affair, but Ridley kept up his clever style to win by a short head.

The two Miller brothers, David and Kieron, had set the pace in the very first section the 6 stones when they wrestled out the final. The younger brother Kieron showed real ability and class to rush big brother David for the first fall, but David responded in style with an outside and swinging hipes for the next two falls.

Watchai Noimai has had a year when he was the wrong age and the wrong weight, but there was no-one to match his vigorous twisting style in the 10 stones. He also figured well in the final of the Under 18 Years, making Phil Housby work hard for the win which gained him the Points Trophy for the indoor season.

Waberthwaite Academy's Open Night was mainly a local affair with only Joe Thompson, travelling to compete. His journey was well worth it for he won the Under 15 Years, and was second in the 12 stones.

Twenty-five wrestlers took part in the event to show that the Waberthwaite Academy is serving the region well. Unfortunately all the wrestling events in that area happen late in the season, so sometimes there is a problem with continuity between indoor and outdoor wrestling.

Date

The Annual General Meeting of the Wrestling association takes place at Penrith Rugby Club at 7.30 on Friday 30th March.

Results

Carlisle Wrestling Club Points Night

6st. 1, D Miller; 2, K Miller; 3, P Potts; 4, C Wheadon.
7st  1, J Brown; 2, S Bolton; 3, K Miller; 4, D Parker.
8½st  1, K Brown; 2, P Murray; 3, J Brown; 4, A.
10st 1, C Ridley; 2, M Atkinson; 3, W Noimai; 4, K Brown.
Girls 1, K Brown.
Under 12 Years 1, J Brown; 2, D Parker; 3, K Miller; 4, A Douglas.
Under 15 Years 1, C Ridley; 2, M Atkinson; 3, K Brown; 4, B Wilde.
Under 18 Years 1, P Housby; 2, W Noimai; 3, C Lowry; 4, C Ridley
Best performance: Katie Brown
Men’s 11½st 1, R Dixon; 2, A Carlile; 3, M Fisher.
13st 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Dixon; 4, A Carlile.
All Weights 1, A Carlile; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Fox; 4, M Fisher.

Carlisle Points Trophy Winners 2006-7

6st. David Miller; 7st. Jack Brown; 8½st. Katie Brown; 10st. Watchai Noimai; Girls: Katie Brown. Under 12 Years: Jack Brown; Under 15 Years: Craig Ridley; Under 18 Years: Phil Housby; Men’s 11½st. Richard Dixon; 13st. John Harrington; All Weights: Andrew Carlile.

Waberthwaite Academy Open Night

Under 9 Years 1, J Woodhouse; 2, D Armstrong.
Under 11 Years 1, D Fleming; 2, T Johnston; 3, B Fox
Under 13 Years 1, A Fox; 2, J Woodhouse; 3, D Birkett
Under 15 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, S Killip; 3, A Woodend.
Under 18 Years 1, L Benn; 2, A Killip; 3, A Porter.
6st. 1, A Fox; 2, B Fox; 3, T Johnstone.
8st 1, A Woodend; 2, J Ploughman; 3, D Fleming.
10st 1, A Killip; 2, C Naylor; 3, A Woodend.
12st 1, M Knowles; 2, J Thompson; 3, C Naylor.
All Weights 1, J Lowery; 2, L Benn; 3, J Milburn.

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

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