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Two more wrestling championships changed hands last week when Andrew Carlile felled Richard Dixon in the final of the 11 stones at Forestburngate, and age turned the Under 15 Years title holder, Joe Thompson, into a spectator as William Hayhurst felled his clubmate, Matthew Atkinson in the final at Beetham Sports.

In the first round of the 11st Championship Andrew Carlile met the furthest travelled wrestler, David Fairfield of Dundee . All Fairfield 's keenness could not prevent Carlile swinging him away on an inside-hipe for the first fall. For the second Carlile countered a Fairfield attack with a neat twist when he was off balance.

The final between Richard Dixon of Lessohall, Wigton and Andrew Carlile of Carlisle was always going to be close, although the first fall was over quickly. Dixon went for the left side buttock, Carlile stopped it and in turn took his man away off the right hip. The second hold was a much more cagey wrestle which ended near the edge of the ring with a sudden surge of action as Carlile took Dixon up high on a swinging inside-hipe.

Andrew Carlile is one of those rare wrestlers who is on top of his game and yet is able to put so much back into the sport through his coaching ability. He is one of the three coaches at Carlisle Wrestling Club during the winter training sessions at Currock House, and he also was the main coach for the Gouren wrestling earlier this year as the team prepared for the European Championships. Many wrestlers keep fit through farm work, but Carlile is an office-worker who keeps his high level of fitness through running, cycling and gym work.

The new Under 15 Years champion, William Hayhurst of Natland, was no surprise as he has been a consistent winner this year. He is stocky, strong lad for his age, but wins most of his falls with impressive technique, particularly his hipes. In the championship final, however, he was more down to earth, getting a strong hold and then rushing Matthew Atkinson off the right hip. The Hayhurst family has been a major element in Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling in the Kendal area for over sixty years, and the latest scions, William and younger brother, James, are worthy representatives of that family tradition.

Richard Fox of Hethersgill and Graham Brocklebank of Warton were both dominant in their local shows. Fox won both the 13 stones and the All Weights at Dalston Show; Brocklebank did the same at Lonsdale Show. Richard Dixon did well to pick himself up after his championship defeat and win the 15 stones ib significantly heavier company. Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge has seemed drained in the weeks after his Under 15Years/8st Championship win at Skelton Show, but he was back on good form last weekend, not just in winning two events, but in the manner in which he is fighting back against stronger opposition.

A special mention must be reserved for Joe Thompson of Alston, and his father, Peter, who chauffeurs him. He was the only wrestler to take part in all five events of the past week, and he won the Under 18s at all of them against strongly competitive wrestlers.


Ings Sheepdog Trials

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

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

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

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

12 ½ st 1, M Atkinson; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, W Atkinson.

All Weights 1, P Wood; 2, J Hall; 3, W Hayhurst .

Dalston Show

Under 12 Years1, T Gibson; 2, T Wales ; 3, J Wales

Under 15 Years 1, J Brown; 2, T Gibson; 3, P Potts.

Under 18 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, P Rzepka; 3, J Brown.

11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, J Brown; 3, Przepka.

13st 1, R Fox; 2, J Brown; 3, John Harrington.

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

Beetham Sports

Under 12 Years 1, A Wetherill; 2, T Gibson; 3, J Gibson.

Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, A Wetherill; 3, T McGuire.

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

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

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

Girls 1, D Gibson; 2, M Gibson.

12 ½ st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, M Atkinson; 3, J Bindloss.

All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, M Atkinson; 3, W Hayhurst .


Under 10 Years 1, C Whitfield; 2, D Wilson; 3, H Bertram.

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

Under 15 Years 1, J Brown; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, P Dowson.

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

11st Championship 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon ; 3, J Brown.

15st 1, R Dixon ; 2, R Wilkinson; 3, A Ord.

All Weights 1, R Younger; 2, A Ord; 3, J Davidson.

Lonsdale Show

Under 12 Years 1, A Wetherill; 2, Ted Hodgson; 3, A Hodgson.

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

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

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

13st 1, S Mason; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, B Brocklebank.

All Weights 1, T Hodgson; 2, S Brocklebank ; 3, S Mason.


Sat 15th Aug 1pm Allendale

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

2pm Rusland U12/U15/U18/12 ½ /AW

Sun 16th Aug 2.30pm, Torver Best Costume/ Ladies Open/ U12/U15/U18/11 ½/13/AW

(Admission refunded)

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

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