Gosforth Show

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All attention on the boys wrestling as Kieron Miller lifts his opponentGosforth Show specialises in boys wrestling.that's all they have, so it was especially appropriate that it sponsored the youngest and lightest championship of the wrestling calendar where all the wrestlers have to be under 15 years of age and weigh less than 8 stones. For a few boy wrestlers it gives them a rare opportunity to wrestle on level terms. The three favourites for the title: Ben Brocklebank, Jack Brown, and the holder, Paul Murray are all having a lean season despite their manifest skills, simply because they are at a disadvantage in both age and weight.When Jack Brown and Ben Brocklebank met in the first round it was like two stags locking horns, as they had the rare opportunity of trying to impose their will by power and control rather than by defence and speed. In the end Brown won by twisting Brocklebank over his right knee.

A thoughtful Paul Murray (L) shakes hands with his championship final opponent Jamie NicholsonIn the same round the holder of the title, Paul Murray, was doing handstands over Haydon Barnes, but such exuberance was soon quelled when he met Jack Brown in the semi-final, and the serious tactics came into play. Murray's favourite position is to gain a good hold and then either hipe or rush his opponent. Hiping was obviously a riskier strategy, so Murray set about disposing of Brown in the semi-final, and Jamie Nicholson in the final with wrenches and pushes off the right hipto retain his title.Paul Murray will be moving to Wyndham School in September after the closure of the school in Cleator Moor. At home he has a flock of Jacob Sheep and helps with his father's Belted Galloway herd. He is a good gymnast, and has a room at the farm fitted with wrestling mats to enhance his training. Despite his age and weight disadvantage he has travelled widely to wrestling events, and in winter he is a regular at Carlisle Wrestling Club despite living so far away down West at Arlecdon. At Penrith in early July he pulled ligaments in his neck, and had not wrestled since, until his triumphant return at Gosforth Show

At Allendale John Harrington stole the show with three wins. Pity Richard Dixon who was runner up to him in all three finals. Dixon had his own successes though especially when he splattered the massive Thomas Graham of Alston twice.That pattern continued later in the afternoon at Skelton Show when Harrington felled Dixon in the final of the 11½ stones. After that it was Harrington's turn to be the bridesmaid and not the bride as Richard Fox felled him in finals of the 13 stones and All Weights events.Wrestlers from Rothbury Academy added greatly to the action at Allendale. Nathan Birdsall won the Under 18s and then travelled back to Whittingham where he won two more events.Grasmere Sports this Sunday offers a rare chance for girls and women to shine in the wrestling, and gain substantial prize-money. Instead of being lumped together in a single event, Grasmere provides them with four classes, with prize-money comparable to that of the men. The annual contingent of Breton wrestlers, ten males and two females, is due to arrive in Cumbria later today. Their programme has been curtailed this year because of the way the dates fall, and more directly by the cancellation of Keswick Show because of the weather.


Allendale Show
Under 12 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, R Palmer; 3, J Crossan.Under 15 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, J Brown; 3, Joe Hale.Under 18 Years 1, N Birdsall; 2, Jack Hale; 3, J Wragg.11½st 1, John Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, J Wragg.13st 1, John Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, S McKenzie.All Weights 1, John Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, Jack Hale

Skelton Show
Under 13 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, Jack Hall.Under 16 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, W Hayhurst; 3, M Atkinson.Under 18 Years 1, G Benson; 2, J Thompson; 3, D Ewart.11½st 1, John Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, M Atkinson.13st 1, R Fox; 2 John Harrington; 3, R Dixon.All weights 1, R Fox; 2, Joe Harrington; 3,R Dixon.

Under 10 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, J Montgomery.Under 14 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, J Montgomery.Under 18 1, N Birdsall; 2, Jack Hale; 3, D Heron.13½st 1, Jack Hale; 2, J Wragg; 3, N Birdsall.All Weights 1, N Birdsall; 2, Jack Hale; 3, S McKenzie.

Gosforth Show
Under 12 Years 1, J Hayhurst 2, D Kilby; 3, A Young.Under 15 Years 1, W Hayhurst 2, J Thompson; 3, A Barnes.Under 18 Years 1, A Killip; 2, W Hayhurst; 3; J Thompson.Under 15 Years/10st World Championship 1, P Murray; 2, J Nicholson; 3, J Brown.

Sunday, 24th August 11am Grasmere BoysU12/U15/U18/Mens11/12/13/14/AW/GirlsU15/U18/Womens10/AW(£2000+)
Dyke Neuk U9/U12/U15/U18/Ladies Open/11½/14/AW
Monday, 25th August 11am Silloth U12/U15/U18/11½/13/AW/Ladies

Wed, 27th August 2pm Ennerdale U12/U15/U18/12½/AW/Ladies

Saturday, 30th August 12 noon Newcastleton U10/U13/U15/U18/12½/AW/Ladies

3.15pm Hesket Newmarket U15/U18and 10st Ch'ship/U18/12½/Novice.

Millom and Broughton Show

3.30pm Bellingham Show U12/U16/Novice/12/14/AW/Ladies

Thursday, 4th Sept Grayrigg Show

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

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