12 Stone World Championship at Haltwhistle

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Andrew Carlile received the trophy from Michelle WaltonAndrew Carlile takes Richard Dixon away on a swinging hipe in the 12st Championsgip final at Haltwhistle CarnivalThe same fall a moment later; championship trophy behind Wrestler (Jacob Wragg) about to land on thistle

Andrew Carlile is the new Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling 12st World Champion. He adds the title to two others won last season, the 10 ½ stones, which he soon defends at Penrith Show, and the 11 stones. He previously won the 12 stone championship in 2006. Andrew Carlile is one of wrestling's best assets. At thirty years of age he can look back on a fine career both at home and abroad. He competed in the European Championships as a senior wrestler fourteen years ago, and has been involved as a competitor or coach ever since. Each Winter he is a key part of the coaching team at Carlisle Wrestling Club, bringing on the next generation to higher levels of skill. He is also an organiser, not afraid of taking teams abroad or sorting out sweat shirts and trophies for the club. AND, best of all, he wrestles brilliantly. As a lightweight, he cannot rely on power and endurance, so he has to be adept at using the right technique at the right time with the right wrestler. All that was on show at Haltwhistle Carnival in the 12st Championship. In the first round he met the young Kendal wrestler, William Atkinson, felled him with an outside-hipe for the first fall then saved his energy in the second by feinting to go in one direction and then smartly twisting back and down when the lad least expected it.

The semi-final was a stern test for it brought him up against the holder, John Harrington. Carlile realises that if the bout settled down, he would be brought under control by Harrington's extra power, weight and clever technique, so he launched himself into an immediate attack, and swung his opponent up and round on an inside-hipe. In their second bout, Harrington gained the sort of hold that Carlile feared but he immediately attacked with a back-heel and twist to gain the fall. The final brought Carlile up against Richard Dixon, another of the young stars from Carlisle Wrestling Club. Dixon had been on great form the previous week at Skelton Show, and was as fit and lean as I have ever seen him. Despite Dixon 's long legs, Carlile again went for the swinging inside-hipe and cleaned his opponent, just beside the table with the trophies. The second hold was completely different, for Dixon attacked with the buttock, but Carlile was waiting for it, stepped in front and rushed Dixon to the grass off the right hip.

The wrestling at Haltwhistle was great from beginning to end. Thomas Gibson was too good for the locals in the Under 12s, Joe Thompson was back to top form when he buttocked James Hall twice and then felled Stuart Mason in the final of the Under 18 Years, and then went on to win an excellent Novice competition. Richard Fox beat David Atkinson in a three fall final of the 13 ½ stones, and Andrew Ord contained a rampant Jack Hale to add to his growing list of All Weights wins.

Results: Haltwhistle Carnival

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, C Baluch; 3, J Kent. Under 15 Years 1, K Kennedy; 2, W Atkinson; 3, J Hayhurst. Under 18 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, S Mason; 3, J Wragg. Girls Under 15 Years 1, M Gibson; 2, A Marsden. Ladies Open 1, A Henry. 2, M Gibson; 3, C Payne. Novices 1, J Thompson; 2, L Crawford; 3, K Kenny. 12st World Championship 1, A Carlile; 2, R Dixon ; 3, John Harrington. 13 ½ st 1, R Fox; 2, D Atkinson; 3, John Harrington. All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, J Hale; 3, John Harrington.


Saturday, 17th July 3.15pm Cumberland Show U12/U15&7st/U15/GirlsU15/U18 Ch’ship/12/14/AW (£900+ prizemoney)

Sunday, 18th July 3pm Coniston U12/U15/U18/11 ½ /13/AW/Girls

Great Eccleston.

Saturday, 24th July Penrith including 10 ½ st World Championship

Sunday, 25th July Flookburgh

Thursday, 29th July Ambleside Sports

Friday, 30th July Langholm Common Riding

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (July 15th 2010)

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