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The Place - Killington Sports The Man - Richard Dixon The Action -  11 Stone World Championship The Reward - Richard Dixon with the 11 Stone World Championship Trophy

My favourite time-warp, A field int back o' beyond, otherwise known as Killington Sports, hosted its usual mix of serious wrestling and running, and less serious egg-throwing, tatie races and pillow fights. The wrestling programme included the 11st World Championship which was bound to have a new title holder because last year's winner, Andrew Carlile was abroad. This gave a chance to a younger contingent of wrestlers, and it was Richard Dixon of Lessonhall, Wigton who came out on top. Dixon used to be unbeatable when he was a tiny eleven year-old, and now that he is twice as heavy and twice as tall, he is a formidable opponent in the lightweight events, and well able to compete with heavier men. His chief opposition came from fellow Carlisle Wrestling Club members. In the semi-final Watchai Noimai proved an active and dangerous opponent, but Dixon finished him off with a sudden twist back from a difficult position. In the final Craig Ridley of Alston nearly caused an upset when the first hold was a dog-fall. After that wake-up call, Dixon got into gear and finished off Ridley with buttocks. Richard Dixon has held various boys championships but this was his first senior title. The championship was the high point for the Carlisle wrestlers, as all the other categories went to Kendal and Milnthorpe wrestlers. The formidable Brocklebank brothers, Graham and Thomas, won at 13 stones and All Weights against the same wrestler in the finals. Richard Fox went ahead in both finals by taking the first fall, but Graham made up ground with some big twists to win the next two falls and Thomas stopped the rot in the All Weights by hoisting Fox up and back over, twice. Another Brocklebank, cousin Scott, had to be careful in the final of the Under 15 Years with Stuart Mason who took the middle fall with a neat cross-click. When he tried the same chip again in the third hold it was less neat and Brocklebank threw him forward and to the ground. As I left the field in near darkness, they were still thrashing away on the bolster and bar, and suicidal runners in droves were hurtling round the hills and hollows of that field int back o' beyond.


Killington Sports
Under 12 Years 1, I Hammond; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, D Revel. Under 15 Years 1, S Brocklebank; 2, S Mason; 3, J Lashley Under 16 Girls 1, H Hodgson; 2, C Hodgson; 3, L Wilson. 11st Championship 1, R Dixon; 2, C Ridley; 3, W Noimai. 13st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, R Fox; 3, John Harrington. All Weights 1, T Brocklebank; 2, R Fox; 3, John Harrington.


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

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