Egremont Show

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After the packed wrestling programme and constant action of the past month, the Grass Season starts to ebb away now as injuries, exhaustion and University places keep wrestlers away from the ring. A puncture did not help much either when the Wilson bus came to a standstill under a motorway bridge on the way to Egremont. Nothing daunted John Wilson set out to change the tyre, while his team of Kendal wrestlers waved to lorries from behind the crash barrier, only to find that the spare tyre was only marginally bigger than a cycle wheel.

Richard Fox, facing, takes on Gordon Nichol in the main ring at Egremont Crab FairThey would have made an interesting day at Egremont even better, but their absence gave Thomas Gibson the chance to shine amongst a group of locals. Gibson was smaller than many of them, but none had enough weight advantage to offset the experience and skill of the lad from Southwaite.The men's wrestling began with a brilliant throw from Craig Naylor when he was ahead of John Harrington all the way and finished his hipe with a splattering cross-buttock. This was the wake up call that Harrington needed and he then went on to fell Naylor with two hipes, one of which was so complete that it would have been awarded a “Lamm” in Breton wrestling when both Naylor's shoulders touched the ground while his feet were still in the air.In the heavier weights a three way struggle developed between Harrington, Richard Fox and Gordon Nichol. All had their moments, but it was Fox who dominated. He was so confident of his powers that he was holding wrestlers in the air till he manoeuvred them into a throwing position. He defended and countered against determined attacks, and occasionally launched the opposition skyward on a buttock which put opponents' feet well above their head.

On the same day in Northumberland, Whalton village fair had a thin time, and Jack Brown and Andrew Ord had an easy and successful day.

The roll of honour for Borrowdale Show. The costume competition l to r Thomas Gibson, Jamie Wilson, George Wilson, Matthew Atkinson, William Atkinson, Craig Naylor

By all rational standards the wrestling at Borrowdale Show should also have been a thin affair: it was raining and there was a low turn-out of wrestlers, yet a large, umbrella-ed crowd circled the ring and cheered the action throughout. The main bonus was that this time the Wilson bus did arrive intact and they put on an exhibition of competitive wrestling which was a credit to their trainer and themselves. Thomas Gibson of Carlisle won the Under 12s in some style; a local lad, Jacob Tonkin, surprised everyone by twisting his way to a good win in the Under 18s; a martial art expert on holiday from Bath gave problems in the men's weights; but, otherwise, it was the Wilson/Atkinson families, all cousins together, who gave the crowd what they wanted, including a smart turn-out for the Costume competition. Matthew Atkinson showed the way by winning the 11 ½ and 13 stones, but it was younger brother, William who had the last laugh and this week's bragging rights when his twists-off-the-chest did for brother Matthew in the final of the All Weights.


Egremont Crab Fair
Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, C Doran; 3, J Green. Under 15 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, C Doran; 3, A Callendar. Under 18 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, A Callendar; 3, S Cruz. Girls 1, M Gibson; 2, B Dempsey; 3, A Marsden. 11 ½ st 1, John Harrington; 2, C Naylor; 3, T Gibson. 13st 1, R Fox; 2, G Nichol; 3, John Harrington. All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, John Harrington; 3, G Nicho; Guinness Trophy: R.Fox

Under 10 Years 1, H Bertram; 2, O Hornsby; 3, C Brodie. Under 13 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, A Singer; 3, A Wragg. Under 18 Years 1, J Brown; 2, Joe Hale; 3, M Charlton. 12st 1, J Brown; 2, Joe Hale; 3, M Charlton. 14 ½ st 1, A Ord; 2, T Reynolds; 3, J Brown. All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, J Brown; 3, T Reynolds.

Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, J Wilson ; 3, G Wilson . Under 15 Years 1, W Atkinson; 2, S Wilson ; 3, T Gibson. Under 18 Years 1, J Tonkin; 2, M Atkinson; 3, G Wilson . 11 ½ st 1, M Atkinson; 2, C Naylor; 3, S Wilson . 13st 1, M Atkinson; 2, C Naylor; 3, W Atkinson. All Weights 1, W Atkinson; 2, M Atkinson; 3, J Tonkin .

Saturday, 25th Sept. 12 noon Langholm Show U12/U15/U18/12 ½ /AW/Girls
3pm Eskdale Show U15/U18/10 ½ /AW

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (September 25th 2010)

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