Silloth and Rothbury Shows

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Clever money was on Wilson winning.

Last week's wrestling was a tale of two vintage shows. On Sunday at Silloth, conditions were considerably different to last year, when wrestlers were competing in horizontal rain. The Under 12s witnessed something quite unique, as every entrant was a Wilson. Sam Wilson wrestled very well and fully deserved his win, beating George in the final. Jamie Wilson picked up third prize. Sam continued his good run and wrestled up to third in the Under 15s. Matthew Atkinson and Bradley Thompson contested the final; Matthew winning.

David Miller missed out on the Under 15s, as it was his 15th birthday. He equipped himself well in the Under 18s, earning himself third prize. Jack Ewart, of Westward, was just too big and strong for Matthew in the final and added another Under 18 win to his tally. Matthew excelled himself and went on to earn himself two more places in both the 11½ stones and 13 stones competitions.

The 11½ stones and 13 stones categories were fought between familiar opponents, John Harrington and Richard Dixon. John earned a hard fought win in the 11½ stones. Richard then, as he has done many times before, reversed the trend by winning the heavier competition.

The All Weights included a larger number of entrants including John Wilson of Kendal, who chauffeured the younger wrestlers who made up the Under 12 entry, and David Barnes, who made a welcomed appearance after relocating to York. He went on to win the competition, beating Wilson in the final by stopping his buttocks and using his own inside hype. John Harrington was third.

The other fixture was at Rothbury, where there were very good entries in both the boys' competitions, the Under 13s obtaining 13 entries. The Under 10s was won by Kade Whitfield, who looks to have a bright future ahead of him. The Under 13s was a hard-fought competition, eventually won by Charlie Carlisle with Will Cartwright a close second.

The Under 18s class was changed at the last minute to under 21. This was to accommodate more wrestlers. The current 14 stone champion Andrew Ord came out on top, beating Ross Wilkinson. Jack Hale was third. These three wrestlers have improved dramatically over the past few years thanks to the coaching up at Rothbury from Darren Whitfield and Jason Davidson among others.

The men's competition drew entrants from as far as Dundee. Frazer Hursh and David Fairfield making a welcome addition to the wrestling and both picking up prizes. Fraser winning the 14 stones and coming second in the All Weights behind Andrew Ord, who picked up his second win of the day. Recognition should also be made to the chairman of the Wrestling Association Jim Bland, who travelled all the way from Kendal to judge at the event.

This week sees a return to the Lake District at Patterdale, in what is traditionally a well-supported event. Let's hope this good weather continues.


Silloth Vintage Fair:

Under 12s - 1, S Wilson; 2, G Wilson; 3, J Wilson.

Under-15 - 1, M Atkinson; 2, B Thompson; 3, S Wilson.

Under 18s - 1, J Ewart; 2, M Atkinson; 3, D Miller.

11½ stones - 1, J Harrington; 2, R Dixon; 3, M Atkinson.

13 stones - 1, R Dixon; 2, M Atkinson; 3, J Harrington.

All Weights - 1, D Barnes; 2, J Wilson; 3, J Harrington.

Rothbury Vintage Show:

Under 10s - 1, K Whitfield; 2, L Young; 3, H Bartrem.

Under-13 - 1, C Carlisle; 2, W Cartwright; 3, T Wade.

Under 21s - 1, A Ord; 2, R Wilkinson; 3, J Hale.

11½ stones - 1, M Old; 2, D Fairfield; 3, D Brown.

14 stones - 1, F Hursh; 2, J Hale; 3, R Wilkinson.

All Weights - 1, A Ord; 2, F Hursh; 3, R Wilkinson.


Sunday June 28 - Patterdale U12, U15, U18, 11½, 13, AW.

Saturday July 4 - Skelton Including the Under 15/8 Stone Championship.


Sunday July 5 - Distington.

Langdale Gala.

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

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