The 2009 season of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling begins

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The 2009 season of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling began with a flourish when young wrestlers met at Hethersgill Vintage Society's rally at Carlisle Airport to try to take the Under 18Years/10st Championship away from Adam Ridley of Slaggyford who had held it for the two previous years. Before the draw could be made there was a long public struggle for Matthew Atkinson of Kendal Academy to make the weight. Fortunately for him wrestlers do not have to wear the traditional wrestling strip for boys' championships, so his strip was abandoned and progressively lighter socks and shorts were produced until the weighing platform of the CWWA scales stayed motionless with him aboard and the draw was made.

The holder, Adam Ridley, began cagily against Paul Murray of Arlecdon, but when his nerves had settled he won handsomely with hipes. Against David Miller he twice gained a good hold, lifted and twisted back. A bye took him through to the final, while the thin-socked Matthew Atkinson accounted for Craig Naylor in the semi-final.

Adam Ridley fells Matthew Atkinson in the final of the boys'championshipAdam Ridley with Under 18/10st Championship trophy presented to him by Norman Elliot, Chairman of Hethersgill Vintage Society


The two finalists, Ridley and Atkinson, were well matched in weight and physique, and the first hold brought a spectacular dog-fall when a buttock landed both wrestlers onto the tops of their heads. After that Ridley's craft took over. He easily countered an inside-click by twisting Atkinson on, and for the final fall he took the initiative and took Atkinson out with a series of twists.


The wrestling performance of the day came from Andrew Carlile of Carlisle who contested both the 12 ½ st and All Weights finals with Richard Dixon of Lessonhall. Andrew Carlile hipes Richard DixonCarlile had his new son, Morgan, in a pram at ringside, and was inspired to win both finals by two falls to one. All the bouts were a feast of technique and speed. Carlile particularly relied on swinging hipes and appropriate follow-up action to win the day.

The boys' wrestling was enhanced by the Kendal wrestlers who set the early pace. Sam Wilson, who won the Under 12s, showed he was his father's son by buttocking to win against Thomas Gibson of Southwaite. The final of the Under 15s was a brotherly affair with Matthew Atkinson beating brother William, both from Kendal Academy .

In the open weight Under 18s Jack Ewart was well tested out by Jimmy Hall of King's Meaburn who took the middle fall, but Ewart has been training with the international team in recent months and had the strength and nous to win with big twists.

Before the wrestling started the commentator read out the rules for taking hold, and indicated the message from the recent referees' meeting that wrestlers had to take a slack hold and keep hold before the referee started the bout. Equally, any wrestler who fights for hold is to be warned and could possibly lose a fall if he continues to ignore the referee.

Hethersgill Vintage Society Rally
Under 12 Years 1, S Wilson; 2, T Gibson; 3, G Wilson
Under 15 Years 1, M Atkinson; 2, W Atkinson; 3, D Miller.
Under 18 Years/10st Championship 1, A Ridley; 2, M Atkinson; 3, C Naylor.
Under 18 Years 1, J Ewart; 2, J Hall; 3, A Ridley.
12 ½ st 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon ; 3, W Noimai .
All Weights 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon ; 3, M Atkinson.

Minthorpe Academy Open Night :
Under 14 Years 1, I Hammond; 2, J Hall; 3, S Lashley .
Under 18 Years 1, S Mason; 2, J Hall; 3, W Hayhurst .
Open Competition Results:
Under 12yrs 1, T Gibson; 2, J Lashley; 3, S Wilson .
Under 15yrs 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, W Atkinson; 3, J Hayhurst.
Under 18yrs 1, S Mason; 2, J Ewart; 3, J Lashley.
Girls 1, D Gibson; 2, M Gibson; 3, E Hayhurst .
13 Stone 1, J Lashley; 2, J Bindloss; 3, S Lashley .
All Weights 1, J Ewart; 2, S Mason; 3, M Atkinson.

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

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