Ambleside Sports

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Richard Fox, Rory McGrath and Paddy McGuinness

Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling is alive and well. At five events last week our old sport drew the crowds and kept them attentively watching and applauding for two hours at a time.

Ambleside Sports, with its traditional mix of track and fell racing, hound-trailing and wrestling, at last had some sunshine and the wrestlers turned up in droves.Two surprise entrants were comedians Rory McGrath and Paddy McGuinness filming for their Great British Adventure for Channel 5. The main event was the 14 stones World Championship, and that attracted a big field of real contenders. Young Andrew Ord of Morpeth, the holder, fought hard to retain his title, but was beaten in the semi-final by Richard Fox of Hethersgill, and that set up an intriguing final with the veteran champion, Alan Jones of Hallbankgate. Two Years ago at Allendale Show, the same wrestlers fought for the 14st Championship, and Jones won with robust defence and sudden attacks. This time the result was different: the first bout was a blur of aggressive action as the two wrestlers spun and twisted before Fox put in the killer blow. The second bout was more sedate and controlled as Fox caught Jones with a back-heel and twisted him down.

Richard Fox has been an excellent wrestler for some years, but this year there is a new confidence and tightness in his wrestling. He has a cast-iron defence, and two main complementary methods of attack. He can back-heel with either leg, and keeps so low and controlled that the usual counters of buttock and inside-hipe are thwarted. And all the time he has his lethal weapon, the buttock, to fall back on in emergencies. Fox's day was still not over for he then went on to carve his way to the final of the All Weights. Thomas Brocklebank had twisted and chested down the Northumbrian Heavyweight, Richard Younger in the semis, but was outsmarted by Fox who claimed his second victory of the day and the Guinness Trophy for the best performance of the day. Richard Fox will never have a better day's wrestling in his lifetime.

Richard Younger went home disappointed from Ambleside, with plenty to think about before the All Weights Championship at Langholm Common Riding the following day. He warmed up in the first round lifting and dumping the lightweight Richard Dixon, then found a larger prospect in the second round, the title-holder Russell Housby. Housby won the first fall with a buttock but Younger sharpened up and won the next two with the rush off the right side.

In the semi-final he remembered his wrestling skills in outside-stroking Joseph Robson of Grayrigg, and in the final against Big Mac Robert McNamara that was the weapon that swept McNamara off his feet twice to give Younger his first senior championship.

Of course there were many other notable achievements: John Harrington's double at Ambleside; Andrew Ord doing the same at Powburn. William Hayhurst had three wins, as did Craig Ridley who is really returning to form. But the week belonged to Richard Fox..double winner at Ambleside and at Cockermouth and further wins at Langholm and Gilsland.. a champion wrestler in the form of his life.




Ambleside Sports

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

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

Under 18 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, J Lashley; 3, S Mason.

11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, C Ridley.

12 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, G Benson.

14st Championship 1, R Fox; 2, A Jones; 3, A Ord.

All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, T Brocklebank; 3, R Younger.

Guinness Trophy: R Fox

Langholm Common Riding

Under 12 Years T Gibson; 2, S Wilson ; 3, A Moffatt.

Under 16 Years 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, M Atkinson; 3, J Thompson.

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

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

13st 1, R Fox; 2, S Shingler; 3, W Atkinson.

All Weights Championship 1, R Younger; 2, R McNamara; 3, J Robson.

Cockermouth Show

Under 12 Years 1, J Blamire; 2, T Greenbank; 3, R Scott.

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

Under 18 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, W Hayhurst ; 3, M Atkinson.

Girls 1, D Gibson; 2, M Gibson; 3, G Lee.

11 ½ st 1, R Dixon ; 2, W Atkinson; 3, A Carlile.

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

All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, R Dixon ; 3, A Carlile.

Gilsland Show

Under 14 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, B Sloan; 3, S Kyle.

Under 18 Years 1, C Ridley; 2, J Thompson; 3, J Hayhurst.

11 ½ st 1, C Ridley; 2, R Dixon ; 3, J Hayhurst.

13 ½ st 1, R Walton; 2, A Walton; 3, R Fox.

All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, R Walton; 3, Joe Harrington.

Powburn Show

Under 10 Years 1, C Whitfield; 2, H Bertram; 3, A Law.

Under 13 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, C Little; 3, C Whitfield.

Under 18 Years 1, C Ridley; 2, J Wragg; 3, C Little.

Novice1, N Birdsall ; 2, C Ridley; 3, J Wragg.

11 ½ st 1, C Ridley; 2, J Wragg; 3, W Scott.

14st 1, A Ord; 2, A Jones; 3, N Birdsall .

All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, A Jones; 3, J Wragg.


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

Sunday 9th Aug 2.30pm Forestburngate U10/U13/U16/U18/11st Ch'ship/15/AW

Tuesday 11th Aug 2pm Kirkby Lonsdale U12/U15/U18/13/AW/Girls

Saturday 15th Aug 1pm Allendale

1pm Gosforth, U11/U13/U15/U18/12 Stone Championship/ All Weights

2pm Rusland U12/U15/U18/12 ½ /AW

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

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