Cumberland Show

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Jacob Wragg hanks Jimmy Hall in the Under 18 Championship at the Cumberland Show Joe Thompson received the Under 18 Championship cup from CWWA President, Alan Coulthard Andrew Ord (in the red) has a weight problem v Joe Threlfall in the All Weights final at the Cumberland Show

The Cumberland Show's new venue at Carlisle Racecourse proved a winner for Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. The bouts took place in the Saddling Enclosure on one of the best surfaces of the season so far, without rain, and closely surrounded by a keen and knowledgeable crowd. The only downside was that the ring was away beyond the outer limits of the main show. The actual wrestling was a vintage display with numerous close decisions and many bouts going to the full three falls because the protagonists were so well matched. Two young and rising wrestlers could be particularly pleased with their performance: Joe Thompson of Alston won the Under 18 Years Championship from a classy field, and Andrew Ord of Morpeth won the Guinness Trophy for the best wrestling performance of the day. In the first round of the Under 18s, David Miller's subtle skills were negated by Joe Thompson's power, and much the same happened in the second round when Craig Ridley made much of the running, but Thompson had the last twist. Kendal's Matthew Atkinson has been winning widely, but in the semi-final Thompson twice felled him with a counter to the back-heel. In the other half of the draw Stuart Mason of Milnthorpe had been fighting his way through the heavier end of the entry. Having lost his first fall when Patrick Payne of Waberthwaite stepped right across him, he made amends by gaining hold and using it wisely to fell both Payne and the weighty and skilful James Hall. Having reached the final he then took the first fall by stepping right across his man as Payne had done to him. Usually this move is suicide, but Thompson wobbled, Mason persisted desperately and Thompson crashed down. A Thompson big back-heel equalised the score, and when Mason tried to repeat his first bout strategy it came unstuck and Thompson hoisted him up and back. At sixteen years of age Thompson will almost certainly set the standard for next year, too.Heavyweight Andrew Ord had very little wrestling to do, but he nevertheless, he was John Richardson's choice for the Guinness Trophy. The All Weights was a sort of remix of the Championship at Alston, but this time roles were reversed. Darren Whitfield, the new champion, was carefully marshalled and felled by Joe Threlfall, who then moved on to the final against Andrew Ord. The weight difference between the two is significant. Ord may weigh in at a tall fifteen stones, but he looked decidedly fragile once Threlfall clamped him in. At Alston when the two met in the championship, Ord had crumbled, but this time he hiped. The lock-hipe allows a pressured wrestler to use his opponent's hold to lift him. Ord went close, locked knee and foot either side of Threlfall's leg, leaned back, lifted with arms and leg, and twisted him down. Threlfall pulled back a fall, but for the decider Ord went for the lock-hipe again, successfully. Other eye-catchers were: Matthew Atkinson flattening Watchai Noimai with a flying, swinging inside-click; John Harrington cross-buttocking Matthew Atkinson in mid-air: David Atkinson winning at 14st with a mixture of caution and his usual bravado.

Great Eccleston Show was dominated by David Parson's Milnthorpe wrestlers, and the unbeatable Graham Brocklebank.

Soggy, soggy Coniston, the only brightness supplied by Matthew Atkinson

At soggy, soggy Coniston Matthew Atkinson had a marvellous pay-day being the best of the young guns. He swung and hiped with gusto or possibly to keep warm. And Sam Wilson, on the last day before his disqualifying birthday, won the Under 12 Years in great style.

Results:

Cumberland Show - Under 12 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, T Gibson; 3, M Wharton. Under 15 Years/7st 1, Joe Hale; 2, S Wilson ; 3, C Whitfield. Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, Jack Hall. Under 18 Years World Championship 1, J Thompson; 2, S Mason; 3, M Atkinson. 12st 1, John Harrington; 2, C Ridley; 3, R Dixon . 14st 1, D Atkinson; 2, J Hale; 3, John Harrington. All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, J Threlfall; 3, D Whitfield. Girls Under 15 Years 1, M Gibson; 2, E Hayhurst ; 3, A Beswick.

Great Eccleston Show - Under 12 Years 1, K McNally; 2, T Hodgson. Under 15 Years 1, I Hammond; 2, A Holland ; 3, J Collins. Under 18 Years 1, S Mason; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, K McNally. 13st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Mason; 3, B Brocklebank. All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, S Mason; 3, L Derbyshire. Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, E Fox.

Coniston - Under 12 Years 1, S Wilson; 2, J Wilson ; 3, T Gibson. Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, J Wilson . Under 18 Years 1, M Atkinson; 2, J Brown; 3, W Atkinson. Girls 1, M Gibson; 2, A Beswick; 3, E Hayhurst. 11 ½ st 1, M Atkinson; 2, J Brown; 3, W Atkinson. 13st 1, M Atkinson; 2, J Brown; 3, W Atkinson. All Weights 1, M Atkinson; 2, J Brown; 3, J Hayhurst. Guinness Trophy: A Ord.

Dates:

Saturday, 24th July 1pm Penrith Show U12/U15/U18/10 ½ st Ch'ship/11 ½ /13/AW

Sunday, 25th July 12.30pm Flookburgh U12/U15/U18/Girls/11 ½ /13/AW

Thursday, 29th July 1pm Ambleside Sports U12/U15/U18/GirlsU14/11 ½ /12 ½ /14/AW/Ladies open

Friday, 30th July 2.30pm Langholm U12/U16/Girls/11 ½ /13/AW

Saturday 31st July 2pm Beetham Sports U12/U14/U16/U18/12 ½ /AW

1pm Cockermouth Show U12/U15/U18/Girls/11 ½ /13/AW

Thursday, 5th August 3pm Ings U12/U15/U18/Girls/12/AW/Costume

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (July 22nd 2010)

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