Penrith Show

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A big crowd at Penrith Show watches John Harrington hoist up Andrew Carlile Championship final: Andrew Carlile outside strokes Adam Ridley Championship final: Andrew Carlile hipes Adam Ridley Andrew Carlile with the Championship Trophy

Andrew Carlile was a triple champion when he defended his 10½ st World Championship Cumberland and Westmorland style at Penrith Show, and he remained so at the end.

Entries in lightweight wrestling are light in more ways than one with the average weight of young men so much greater than fifty years ago. When the first CWWA champions were introduced before the First World War, the weights were 8½ st , 9½ st, 11st and All Weights. Last year's 10½ st event was enhanced by the Bretons; this year two Scots, Davy Blair and George Temple, travelled down from Dundee. They had the misfortune to be drawn against each other in the first round where Temple won. In the semi-final Temple gave Carlile, the holder, a big fright when each wrestler went all-out to swing. Amongst the blurring action, Carlile just managed to swing under his man and out at the other side before the crash-landing. Thereafter, Carlile, and his tactical nous was always in control and he back-heeled the young Scot to reach the final. His opponent, Adam Ridley, has held the Under 18 Years/10st title for three years, but wrestles much less frequently than his younger brother, Craig. He is a cagey wrestler usually, and that is how he began with Jack Brown before opening up more confidently. Carlile was enjoying the luxury of meeting wrestlers his own weight, but he used a minimum of effort to win the first fall against Ridley, when Carlile suddenly twisted the “wrong” way, round and down, helped by a right leg outside-stroke. In the second and last bout Carlile finished with a flourish, swinging Ridley away on an inside-hipe, to win the 10½ st title for the tenth time, a new record. The previous holder had been another Carlisle man, Jimmy Atkinson, who held that title nine times between 1961 and 1987.

The big crowd round the Penrith ring was kept fully entertained for the length of a football match as Thomas Gibson had to go for his “chips” to win the Under 12 Years against Sam Brown, ending with a cross-click which saved the day. His big sister, Megan, felled his even bigger sister Dawn in the final of the Open Ladies. William Atkinson continued his great form this year in winning the Under 15s, and the new Under 18 Years champion, Joe Thompson, survived the clever wiles of Craig Ridley, to win his age group.

Amongst the men it was more or less business as usual with John Harrington struggling with the weights then hiping his way to another 11 ½ st win against the much improving Jack Brown in the final. This was the first of three finals for Harrington. He took the first fall against Richard Fox in the 13st final when after some balletic moves from one side to the other, he finished it with a leg-up buttock. After that Fox kept more control and in front of his man, and won with an outside-hipe and a back-heel.

At this point the unusual happened, when a rare visitor to our rings, John Hirsch of Dundee, won the All Weights. Although he is a positive wrestler, most of his falls came when Cumbrian wrestlers went for their chips and bounced off him to the ground, helped on their way by a Hirsch counter. Richard Fox failed with a leg-up buttock in the semi-final, and so did John Harrington in the final, twice.

At Flookburgh, Graham Brocklebank was once more completely dominant in the top men's weights. David Parsons beat his brother Joe in the 11½ st final. And Thomas Gibson chalked up yet another win.


Penrith Show - Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, S Brown; 3, T Wailes. Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, P Potts. Under 18 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, C Ridley; 3, M Atkinson. Open Ladies 1, M Gibson; 2, D Gibson; 3, A Laing. 10 ½ st World Championship 1, A Carlile; 2, A Ridley; 3, G Temple . 11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, J Brown; 3, A Ridley. 13st 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, W Atkinson. All Weights 1, J Hirsch; 2, John Harrington; 3, R Fox.

Flookburgh - Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, T Hayhurst; 3, J Gibson. Under 15 Years 1, I Hammond; 2, T Gibson; 3, S Wilson . Under 18 Years 1, J Hall; 2, M Atkinson; 3, I Hammond. Girls 1, M Gibson; 2, E Hayhurst. 11 ½ st 1, D Parsons; 2, J Patsons; 3, M Atkinson. 13st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, M Atkinson; 3, D Parsons. All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, M Atkinson; 3 J Hall.

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 29th 2010)

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