Carlisle wrestlers beat the locals and the weather at Sedbergh to reach four finals

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Joe Threlfall gains a good hold of Joe Robson

Watch out world. Ted Hodgson's wrestling debut. The latest Hodgson from Dentdale (with the blonde hair) takes a lofty view of the world

Carlisle wrestlers beat the locals and the weather at Sedbergh to reach four finals Peter Hayhurst was a relieved man at the end of the wrestling at Sedbergh Gala. He had been concerned about what turnout would be. The event clashed with the County YFC Southern District Field Day and, as if that wasnt enough, the day was punctuated byheavy showers sweeping up the valley.A decent entry of younger wrestlers and a strong entry of heavyweights offset the lack of lightweight competitors. The Kendal Club naturally provided the majority of the wrestlers, though the small band of incomers from Carlisle did compete in four of the day's finals.

Thomas Gibson, of Southwaite, showed how he has developed with a winter of coaching at the Carlisle club. His ability to buttock, and strength to twist back over the knee, had been able to give him the main prize in the under-12s and he then wrestled up to the much more substantial William Hayhurst in the under-15s. Hayhurst had age, weight and experience on his side and there really was no chance of an upset. In the under-18 class it was Hayhurst's turn to take the role of second favourite against Jack Ewart, of Westward. However, he really set about his task and came out on top courtesy of two well-executed buttocks, to give him a double in the youths. In the ladies open event, Tracey Hodgson marked her return by dispatching younger sister Hannah with Megan Gibson, Thomas' sister, keeping the family name in the frame in third place.

Graham Brocklebank rushes John Harrington onto his knee

The 12 stones event got off to a difficult start when the weighing scales refused to go past six stones no matter who stood on them. The final pairedJoe Threlfall clamps down on Thomas Brocklebank together John Harrington, 12 stone champion, and Graham Brocklebank, 13 stone champion. It was the latter who got his first success this season as he gathered Harrington on to his right hip, patiently went about throwing out the hank, and threw him forward.

The all weights had an altogether sterner entry with some substantial competitors in the list. Joe Threlfall.

This weekends action is at Northumberland Show on Monday and then Thursday it is Killington Sports hidden up the back roads off the M6.


Under-12 : 1, Thomas Gibson; 2, Tom Riley; 3, Sam Wilson.
Under-15: 1, William Hayhurst; 2, Thomas Gibson; 3, Ben Brocklebank.
Under-18: 1, William Hayhurst; 2, Jack Ewart; 3, Ben Brocklebank.
Girls: 1, Tracey Hodgson; 2, Hannah Hodgson; 3, Megan Gibson.
12 Stones: 1, Graham Brocklebank; 2, John Harrington; 3, Ben Brocklebank.
All Weights 1, Joseph Robson; 2, Joe Threlfall; 3, Thomas Brocklebank.

Monday May 25, 1.30pm - Northumberland Show, Corbridge - U14, U18, 11 Stones, 13 Stones, All Weights
Thursday May 28, 6.45pm - Killington Sports - U12, U15, Girls U16, 13 Stones, All Weights

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

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