Presentation of the Victor Ludorum trophies

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Wrestlers and supporters from throughout the North of England foregathered at Carlisle to honour the most successful wrestlers of the 2009 season, eat a good meal and talk themselves hoarse.

CWWA Trophy winners 2009
CWWA Trophy winners 2009: back row (l to r): William Hayhurst (Under 15 and Under 18 Years); Richard Fox (Heavyweights); Richard Dixon (11st); John Harrington (13st).

Back row (l to r): William Hayhurst (Under 15 and Under 18 Years); Richard Fox (Heavyweights); Richard Dixon (11½st); John Harrington (13st).
Front row: Thomas Gibson (Under 12 Years); Connie Hodgson (Ladies)

Alan Coulthard, President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association, and his wife, Christine, presented Victor Ludorum trophies to the wrestlers who had amassed most points for wins and places throughout the season. The winner at Under 12 Years was Thomas Gibson of Southwaite who had twenty-four wins to his credit at events throughout Cumbria and Northumberland. He lives on a dairy farm and has his share of the work to do, so that gives him a basic fitness and resilience. Add to that his willingness to learn from his coach Alan Jones and you begin to understand how he constantly improved throughout the season.

William Hayhurst of Natland is part of a group of lads from Kendal Academy who have travelled widely and enhanced events in all parts. Initially, Hayhurst seemed on a par with others in the group, but at Skelton Show and at Alston Gala on the same day, he moved up a level and, from then on was the dominant wrestler in boys wrestling. In all, he gained forty-three wins to make him the most successful wrestler of the season. His success was spread through several age categories and he won the CWWA Victor Ludorum trophies at both Under 15 and Under 18 Years.

The Hodgson sisters from Dent have had a virtual monopoly on the Victrix Ludorum trophy for some years and this time it was the third oldest sister, Connie who was successful. She had seventeen first places, twice as many as her nearest rivals.

Carlisle Wrestling Club provided all the senior winners: Richard Dixon of Lessonhall had one fewer outright wins than his nearest rival in the 11 ½ stones, John Harrington of Bewaldeth, but he had many more second and thirds places, so took the trophy. Much the same happened in the 13 stones where Richard Fox of Hethersgill was unbeaten in all eleven events he entered, but John Harrington was able to win with his mixture of wins and places.

In the Heavyweight section, which covers all competitions above 13 stones, the new Heavyweight Champion, Richard Younger of Ponteland, was only once beaten, in his ten outings. But both Andrew Ord of Morpeth (16) and Richard Fox (19) had many more wins than that in this category. In one of the closest sections of the season Richard Fox was the narrow winner.

Yet another honour was heaped onto him when the active wrestlers present at the Dinner voted for him to receive the Wrestlers' Wrestler Trophy, another accolade to add to Richard Fox's annus mirabilis, a year of wonders.

The Network Private Hire Under 21's Scottish Open Backhold Wrestling Championships 2009 which will be held in Glasgow looks like attracting a good attendance of our young wrestlers on Saturday, 28th November.

Wednesday, 18th November Carlisle Wrestling Club Senior Points

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

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