7 Events in 5 Days; 50 Wrestling Categories

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Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling had its madly busy spell of the season last week when there were seven events in five days with more than fifty wrestling categories. So, in no particular order, what registered in my little brain?

Richard Fox in full flow in the 14st final with Graham Brocklebank at Grasmere Katie Brown sets Fiona Laurie flying at Grasmere

Hordes of kilted Scots boosted entries at Grasmere and raised the decibels. Ten Bretons were there, too, giving our wrestlers and commentators plenty of problems with cunning trips and pronunciation. The Wrestling Manager for the London Olympics 2012, Daniel Robin, looked on as women's wrestling reached a new high for us with a big entry and big skills; Katie Brown's final with Fiona Laurie would have graced any ring. Watchai Noimai, after a season of tough draws and near misses, proved an escape artist when the Breton, Martin Maussion, tried to trap him in the final of the 11 stones, and gained his first Grasmere Championship. John Harrington wrestled with his usual skill for the 12 stones. Would Christian Salaun award him the Guinness Trophy for the best performance? No, he wouldn't, for Richard Fox lit up the arena with his athleticism, speed of attack and Houdini defence to win the next two weights, the 13 and 14 stones. Joe Threlfall looked good all the way to the All Weights final, but Richard Younger strewed him down just as he had done everyone else he met over the week-end.

Kieron Miller with his Under 15 Years/8st Trophy at Grayrigg.At Grayrigg, Kieron Miller won the Under 15 Years/8st Championship on one of the few occasions when he was able to wrestle on equal weight terms with the opposition. At Millom and Broughton Show, Andrew Carlile, again won the 11st Championship. In the final against Richard Dixon he wrestled cagily and took two falls with counters. In the winning fall he made Dixon miss with an outside-stroke and then caught him with one of his own. Earlier, after some excellent wrestling, Ben Brocklebank broke a collar-bone.

Crosby Ravensworth had unprecedented prize-money and entries, thanks to Ian Parsons, but he was absent, in hospital with a blood clot on his lung and pneumonia.

Grayrigg on its new date and with enhanced prize-money had its best wrestling for years.

At Silloth John Harrington and Connie Hodgson were unbeatable. Connie was pushed harder than ever before in her wrestling career and she came up smiling at Crosby Ravensworth, Grayrigg, Newcastleton, Bellingham , Grasmere and Silloth.

And my favourite moment? That was at Newcastleton when Richard Fox, giving away several stones in weight, got Richard Younger on the move and brought him over high and handsome for a fall that set the locals cheering.

Results:

Crosby Ravensworth

Under 13 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, S Wilson; 3, J Wilson . Underv 16 Years 1, J Brown; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, S Wilson . Under 18 Years 1, J Hall; 2, S Mason; 3, B Brocklebank. Ladies 1, C Hodgson; 2, M Hirsch; 3, M Gibson. 13st 1, F Hirsch; 2, S Mason; 3, G Temple . All Weights 1, F Hirsch; 2, S Mason; 3, J Hall.

Grayrigg

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, G Wilson ; 3, J Wilson . Under 15 Years/8st Championship 1, K Miller; 2, S Wison ; 3, T Gibson. Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, T Gibson. Under 18 Years 1, S Mason; 2, J Hayhurst; 3, M Atkinson. Girls Under 15 Years 1, M Gibson; 2, E Hayhurst; 3, L Wilson . Ladies Open 1, C Hodgson; 2, M Hirsch; 3, M Gibson. 11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, W Atkinson; 3, J Brown. 13st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, John Harrington; 3, S Mason. 15st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, F Hirsch; 3, W Atkinson. All Weights 1, T Brocklebank; 2, John Harrington; 3, G Brocklebank.

Holm Show, Newcastleton

Under 13 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, E Robson ; 3, G Robson. Under 15 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, E Robson; 3, S Clegg Under 18 Years 1, J Brown; 2, Joe Hale; 3, S Clegg . Ladies 1, C Hodgson; 2, M Gibson; 3, A Marsden. 12 ½ st 1, G Nichol; 2, J Brown; 3, D Crane. All Weights 1, R Younger; 2, R Fox; 3, Jack Hale.

Bellingham Show

Under 9 Years 1, G Singer; 2, J Clayton; 3, T Hodgson. Under 12 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, H Bertram; 3, G Robson. Novices 1, E Donald; 2, D Crane; 3, W Loden . Ladies 1, C Hodgson; 2, L Singer; 3, E Cook. 12st 1, J Brown; 2, D Crane; 3, W Noimai . 14st 1, Jack Hale; 2, D Crane; 3, W Noimai All Weights 1, J Davidson: 2, A Ord; 3, Jack Hale.

Grasmere Sports

Under 12 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, T Gibson; 3, G Wilson . Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, Joe Hale; 3, C Carlyle. Under 18 Years 1, J Thompson; 2, M Artkinson; 3, S Mason. Girls Under 15 1, C Hodgson; 2, M Hirsch; 3, J Carson . Girls Under 18 Years 1, C Hodgson; 2, J Carson ; 3, H Hodgson. Ladies 10st 1, K Brown; 2, F Laurie; 3, J Thompson Ladies Open 1, D Thompson; 2, C Hodgson; 3, O Burgaud. 11st 1, W Noimai ; 2, M Maussion; 3, G Reid. 12st 1, John Harrington; 2, W Atkinson; 3, H Maloeuvre. 13st 1, R Fox; 2, D Atkinson; 3, F Hirsch. 14st 1, R Fox; 2, G Brocklebank; 3, Jack Hale. All Weights 1, R Younger; 2, J Threlfall; 3, J Hirsch.

Silloth

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, J Wilson ; 3, G Wilson . Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, G Wilson ; 3, J Kirkpatrick. Under 18 Years 1, M Atkinson; 2, D Miller; 3, J Brown. 11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, P Barnes; 3, D Miller. 13st 1, John Harrington; 2, W Atkinson; 3, J Brown. All Weights 1, John Harrington; 2, J Ewart; 3, M Maussion. Girls Under 15 Years 1, C Hodgson; 2, M Gibson; 3, R Hodgson.Ladies Open 1, C Hodgson; 2, D Thompson; 3, E Le Tort

Dates:

Saturday 4 th September 2pm Harbottle U10/U12/U16/U21/Nov/12/AW

3pm Lowick U12/U15/U18/12 ½ /AW

3.15pm Hesket New Market U12/U15/U18/Nov/Girls/12 ½

Sunday 5 th September 1.45pm Wolsingham U12/U15/U18/Ladies/11/12/14/AW

3.30pm Loweswater U12/U15/U18/Ladies/12 ½ /AW

Thursday 9 th September 2pm Westmorland Show GirlsU14/Ladies Open/U12/U15/U18/11/12/13/14/AW

Sunday 12 th September 12.30pm Stanhope U12/U15/U18/11 ½ /13/AW/Ladies

3pm Whitfield U12/U15/U18/12 ½ /AW/Ladies

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (September 2nd 2010)

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