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Penrith Show continued its magic formula for wrestling: a crowded ring, abundant wrestlers, smart falls and sunshine.

The performance of the day came from Richard Fox of Hethersgill who has now shed the extra pounds he brought back from New Zealand , and was in slick and bustling form. He blew everybody away in the fist rounds of the 13 stones and looked unstoppable, until he met Andrew Carlile of Carlisle in the final. Carlile seemed to know what Fox was going to do before he himself knew, and the first fall went to Carlile who countered a hank. A close cagey wrestle followed when they explored every inch of the ring until the referee halted the bout just as it headed into the crowd. Fox had now time to regroup and he won the next fall by manoeuvring Carlile onto a buttock.


The decider was different in that the decisive move came from an attack from Carlile which was met with a twist over the right knee. Fox then went on to cut a swathe through the All Weights and won that, too, to give him a fine double. Strangely enough, Fox was not the main star in that category, despite his win, for his final opponent was a fifteen year old wrestler, who was exploring new territory.

James Hall of King's Meaburn mainly trains at Milnthorpe Academy during the winter, with occasional visits to Carlisle for a coaching top-up. In the Under 18 Years he was well beaten by the on-form Matthew Atkinson who was just too sharp for him with a back-heel and a twist back when Hall tried to cross him. In the All Weights all that disappointment evaporated when he reached the semi-final of the men's All Weights where he took on John Harrington of Bewaldeth and flung him around to take two straight falls.

In the end Richard Fox had too much strength and ability for him. For the first, Fox landed after a hipe attempt and immediately buttocked to win. The second was more controlled as Fox used a hank to set up a back-heel.

Flookburgh also had a good batch of wrestlers in the lists, and the prizes went to the usual suspects. In the boys, Thomas Gibson of Southwaite again felled Sam Wilson of Kendal in the final to add to his win at Penrith. And William Hayhurst, too, made it a double win in the Under 15s for the week-end. Richard Dixon, the 11st Champion, won the 11 ½ stones. The 13st Champion, Graham Brocklebank, duly won his category and then big brother Thomas Brocklebank felled Kendal coach, John Wilson, in the All Weights final.


Penrith Show

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, S Wilson; 3, G Wilson .

Under 15 Years 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, W Atkinson; 3, J Brown.

Under 18 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, M Atkinson; 3, S Hodgson .

Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, D Gibson; 3, M Gibson.

11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, R Dixon ; 3, T Davidson.

13st 1, R Fox; 2, A Carlile; 3, R Dixon .

All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, J Hall; 3, John Harrington.


Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, S Wilson; 3, G Wilson .

Under 15 Years 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, W Atkinson.

Under 18 Years 1, S Mason; 2, W Hayhurst ; 3, M Atkinson.

Girls 1, T Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, C Hodgson

11 ½ st 1, R Dixon ; 2, S Mason; 3, M Atkinson.

13st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, R Dixon ; 3, S Mason.

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


Friday 31 st July 2.30pm Langholm Common U12/ U16/11½/13/All Weights Championship

Saturday 1st August 1pm Cockermouth Show U12/ U15/U18/11½/13/AW

2.30pm Powburn U10/U13/U16/11 ½ /13 ½ /AW

Sunday 2nd August 1pm Gilsland Show U14/U18/11 ½ /13 ½ /AW

Thursday 6th Aug 3pm Ings U12/U15/U18/12/AW/Costume

Saturday 8th Aug 12 noon Dalston Show U12/U15/U18/11 ½ /13/AW

2pm BeethamSports U12/U14/U15Championship/U16/U18/Girls/12 ½ /AW

Sunday9th Aug Forestburngate including 11 stone Championship

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

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