Wrestling takes centre stage at Patterdale Fair

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Wrestlers take centre stage at Patterdale fair

Patterdale Country Fair had all the Lakeland ingredients: Herdwick sheep, hounds, terriers and ferrets; mountains as backdrop and a nearby hill for scores of youngsters to labour up and then come helter-skelter down; and the Senior Guide race for people old enough to know better.

There was also rain, of course, and sunshine.

After all the other excitements ended, the wrestling established a ring in the middle of the outfield of the cricket pitch, and the crowd stayed on to enjoy some excellent competitive contests. Virtually every final went to three falls before it was settled. The Kendal Academy coach, John Wilson, in the All Weights, was out-weighted, out-strengthed, and out-youthed by Thomas Brocklebank, but he still managed to buttock for the middle fall, and nearly did the same in the decider.

John Wilson's boy, Sam, had started the trend in the Under 12s, when he wrestled up to Thomas Gibson of Southwaite, and took a fall with his father's chip, the buttock. No fewer than 16 boys entered the lists, most of them still in their fell-running gear, and the crowd warmed to the honest endeavour on display. Gibson, who trains at Carlisle, even though he is still young for the category, has started to make a habit of winning. He progressed positively through each round and was mainly in control in the final.

Mathew Atkinson turned out in a smart traditional strip and wrestled smartly, too, twisting and inside-clicking like a veteran to win the Under 15s, wrestle up to Milnthorpe Academy's Stuart Mason in the Under 18s, and feature prominently in the men's weights. In the first round of the 13 stones, he met an adult wrestler from a martial arts background and was able to bamboozle him with homegrown ploys.

In the men's weights, the champions took over. Firstly, the 10½st Champion, Andrew Carlile, won the decider in the 11½st final against 11st Champion, Richard Dixon. With the bout finely balanced, Carlile struck with a surging inside-hipe and brought his man over. Richard Dixon then reached the final of the 13 stones, but found Graham Brocklebank, the champion at that weight, was immaculate in defence and suddenly effective in attack.


Patterdale Country Fair

Under-12 Years: 1, T Gibson; 2, S Wilson; 3, B Vaillant.

Under-15 Years: 1, M Atkinson; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, W Hayhurst.

Under-18 Years: 1, S Mason; 2, M Atkinson. 3, J Bindloss.

11½st: 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon; 3, M Atkinson.

13st: 1, G Brocklebank; 2, R Dixon; 3, A Carlile.

All Weights 1, T Brocklebank; 2, J Wilson; 3, G Brocklebank.


Saturday July 4, 12 noon - Skelton Show U12/U15/U18/U15and 8st Ch'ship/11½/13/AW.

3pm - Alston Gala U12/U15/U18/11½/13/AW/ Ladies

Sunday July 5, 1pm - Distington U12/U15/U18/12½/AW/ Ladies.

2pm Langdale U12/U15/U18/GirlsU16/11½/13/AW

Sunday July 12, 2pm - Bampton U12/U15/U18/GirlsU16/11½/13/AW. Haltwhistle

Saturday July 18 - Cumberland Show.

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

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