First Winter Points Competitions

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Carlisle Wrestling Club is well into its winter training regime, but that had a rest while the first Points Competitions were held. The star of the Junior Points Night was Megan Gibson of Southwaite who won two categories, 7st and 8½ st, and the old battered trophy for the best performance in all the wrestling.

All summer those in the know recognise that she is the best pound for pound girl wrestler around. The only problem is that she does not have enough pounds and enough years to make it tell against heavier and older opposition and she rarely wins. All that changes on the mats when she is allowed to compete against the lads and proves a doughty opponent. In the 7 stones final she had her younger brother Thomas to keep in place and she duly gained a good hold and wrenched him into the ground off her right hip.

A bigger wrestler, Philip Potts of Dalston awaited her in the final of the 8½ stones. Philip is the son of former champion Andy Potts, but his lineage did not prevent him from succumbing to a right leg back-heel and a twist over the right knee from Mighty Mouse Megan.

The other Junior wrestler who shone was Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge , the Under 15/8st Champion, who won the Under 15 s and at 10st. His chief opponent was Paul Murray of Arlecdon who is older but lighter. Brown felled Murray in one of the best bouts of the night, in the second round of the 10 stones, but lost out in the semi-final of the Under 18 Years. Both have been under par this season: Jack Brown has been keeping his weight down for his other career as a jockey, and Paul Murray is only now coming back to his strength after illness.

Richard Dixon outside-hipes Paul Murray in the 13st Points Competition

In the Senior Points Richard Dixon of Lessonhall made the running, winning at both 11 ½ and 13 stones. After the rigours of the summer wrestling, both John Harrington of Bewaldeth and Richard Fox of Hethersgill were subject to slippage in the weights department: Harrington could not make the lightweights and Fox only had action in the All Weights. Even then they slipped up as Harrington was twisted back in the 13 stones round-robin, so that Dixon went on to win unbeaten. Much the same happened in the All Weights when Harrington felled Fox in a long, close bout which ended with a twist over the knee.

Two important competitions loom for our wrestlers. Next Saturday the Junior Scottish Backhold Championships take place in Glasgow . Ages and weights are such that all wrestlers should be able to find a niche where they are competing on level terms with the opposition. On December 5th, the Academy Shield takes place at Bootle Station, hosted by Waberthwaite Academy . Next Wednesday's training session at Carlisle Wrestling Club will double as a selection meeting for the Shield Competition.

 

Results

Carlisle Wrestling Club Points Night

Juniors: 6st 1, J Kent ; 2, W Allison; 3, J Gibson; 4, H Alcock : 7st 1, M Gibson; 2, T Gibson; 3, J Gibson; 4, W Allison : 8 ½ st 1, M Gibson; 2, P Potts; 3, T Gibson; 4, O Burbury. 10st 1, J Brown; 2, P Potts; 3, D Gibson; 4, P Murray .

Girls 1, K Brown; 2, D Gibson; 3, M Gibson. Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, O Burbury; 3, T Allison; 4, W Allison. Under 15 Years 1, J Brown; 2, D Gibson; 3, M Gibson; 4, P Potts. Under 18 Years 1, P Murray ; 2, D Gibson; 3, J Brown; 4, P Potts.

Best Performance cup: Megan Gibson

Seniors: 11 ½ st 1, R Dixon ; 2, C Naylor; 3, P Murray . 13st 1, R Dixon ; 2, John Harrington; 3, M Laurie; 4, C Naylor. All Weights 1, John Harrington; 2, R Fox; 3, R Dixon ; 4, J Ewart.

Dates:

Saturday 28th November: Network Private Hire Under 21`s Scottish Open 2009 Backhold Wrestling Championship, Glasgow Club John Paul 2, Arrochar Street, Summerston, Glasgow G23 5LY

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

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