End of the indoor season, and the First event of the 2010 Grass Season

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Last week was a busy one for Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling with Waberthwaite Academy 's Open Night signalling the end of the indoor season, Carlisle Racecourse staging the first event of the 2010 Grass Season, an afternoon of wrestling at Caldew School, Dalston, and the Annual general Meeting of the Wrestling Association.

Young wrestlers from Carlisle, Kendal and Milnthorpe joined the locals at Waberthwaite where Tom Porter had organised a big range of ages and weights to give everyone a chance. Tom and Ashley Killip who do most of the coaching could be proud of the quality on display in their young wrestlers. Of the locals, Lloyd Hunter did especially well with some big hipes in the younger weights, Tom Johnstone showed excellent class to win the 9 stones, and Philip Cowell was a leggy menace to all opponents in the men's wrestling. The visitors in the shape of the Wilson and Atkinson families from Kendal showed that they have continued to build on the high levels of last year. James Hall of Milnthorpe Academy won all the battles of the giants, and I mean giants, to take the Under 18s and the All Weights.

John Wilson, the Kendal coach, newly elected to the Governing Board was on the road again the following day with his 8-seater vehicle fully stuffed with sons and nephews, to try their luck at Carlisle Racecourse. Sam Wilson won the first event of the 2010 season when he buttocked Carlisle's Taylor Allison in the final of the Under 12s. Another Kendal wrestler, William Hayhurst, still muddy from Rugby, won the Under 18s in a final with Matthew Atkinson. Apart from those, the winners were all from the Carlisle stable. Jack Brown won the Under 15s and his sister took the Under 18 girls. In the men's wrestling two champions showed how it should be done: 12st Champion, John Harrington, outside hiped his way to win the 12 ½ stones; and Richard Fox, champion at 13, 14 and 15st, buttocked his way through the field, making light of the heavy going and a steeply sloping ring.

The Governing Board became significantly younger at the CWWA Annual General Meeting. Old lags, Jim Bland and Eddie Younger were returned for another stint, but three new members were also elected. All three represent a new element in wrestling, parent power. John Wilson, the Kendal coach, recently retired from the ring, and father of Jamie and Sam, Paul Gibson, father of John, Thomas, Megan and Dawn, and Peter Thompson, father of Joe, were all elected. Another common factor is that over the last few years they have travelled thousands of miles to events throughout the North of England. They know the state of play for our sport better than most.

Waberthwaite Academy Open Night

Under 9 Years 1 H Wilson; 2, M McCurry; 3, E McCurry. Under 11 Years 1, L Hunter; 2, G Wilson ; 3, A Atkinson. Under 13 Years 1, S Wilson; 2, G Wilson ; 3, A Atkinson. Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, T Johnstone; 3, S Lashley . Under 18 Years 1, J Hall; 2, M Atkinson; 3, A Woodend. 7st 1, S Wilson ; 2, D Hadwin; 3, C McNally. 9st 1, T Johnstone; 2, S Lashley ; 3, L Hunter. 11st 1, P Cowell; 2, C Naylor; 3, P Murray . 13st 1, M Atkinson; 2, P Cowell; 3, A Killip. All Weights 1, J Hall; 2, P Paine; M Atkinson.

Carlisle Racecourse

Under 12 Years 1, S Wilson ; 2, T Allison;3, T Gibson. Under 13 Girls 1, M Gibson; 2, E Hayhurst . Under 15 Years 1,J Brown; 2, T Gibson; 3, G Wilson . Under 18 Years 1, W Hayhurst ; 2, M Atkinson; 3, J Brown. Under 18 Girls 1, K Brown; 2, D Gibson; 3, M Gibson. 12 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, A Carlile;3, J Brown. All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, J Ewart.

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

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