William Atkinson

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William Atkinson receives the Under 15 Years Championship trophy from Darren Whitfield

William Atkinson has been a real asset for wrestling. Last year he provided big brother Matthew with testing opposition in the Under 15 Years class at all the events they travelled to, and they travelled widely. This year that apprenticeship has paid off, for he has been virtually unbeatable in his own age, which, of course, is Under 15 Years. At Alwinton Show the culmination of his season came with his inevitable winning of the Under 15 Years World Championship, Cumberland and Westmorland style. Always immaculately turned out in the traditional wrestling strip, he is a slim athletic lad who is mature beyond his years and able to take falls from senior wrestlers. At Alwinton he strode easily through the best that Northumberland could muster, ending up with Charlie Carlyle in the final. Carlyle had no answer to Atkinson's efficient back-heels. William Atkinson is a Year 10 pupil at Queen Katherine's School, Kendal. He has the advantage of being the nephew of the Kendal Academy coach, and well known chauffeur, John Wilson, who takes his tribe round so many events. William's wrestling strip has Suffolk sheep embroidered on the back of his vest, so the excellent prize-money on offer at Alwinton for the championship may stretch to purchase half a leg of a good Suffolk tup.

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There was a good end-of-season turn-out of wrestlers at Alwinton. In a host of youngsters Harry Bertram and Joe Hale shone against bigger opposition. A strong Carlisle contingent carved up the lightweights and middleweights, and Richard Younger was unstoppable in the All Weights. Richard Fox took some spectacular falls on his way to winning the 14 stones, but made no mark on the mighty Younger in the All Weights final. Simultaneously, in Herdwick country in the Western Lakes , another horde of Youngsters descended on a wrestling ring. Only in the men's weights did trained wrestlers come to the fore. Craig Naylor won both the 10 ½ and 12 stones in this his native dale, and Jack Ewart continued his late flourish by winning the All Weights.

Carlisle Wrestling Club's indoor season kicked off this week with an excellent turnout of all ages and sizes, boys and girls. It meets throughout the Winter at 7.30 prompt in the Gym at Currock House.


Alwinton Show:

Under 8 Years 1, T Davidson; 2, G Singer; 3, K Stewart. Under 10 Years 1, H Bertram; 2, C Brodie; 3, T Davidson. Under 13 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, D Brown; 3, K Smith. Under 15 Years Championship 1, W Atkinson; 2, C Carlyle; 3, D Brown. Under 21 Years 1, A Ord; 2, J Hale; 3, M Atkinson. Girls 1, M Gibson; 2, L Singer; 3, A Marsden. 11 ½ st 1, R Dixon ; 2, C Carlyle; 3, J Wragg. 14st 1, R Fox; 2, D Atkinson; 3, G Nichol. All Weights 1, R Younger; 2, R Fox; 3, A Ord.

Wasdale Head Show

Under 11 Years 1, A Atkinson; 2, J Askall; 3, J Gibson. Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, A Stamp; 3, A Atkinson. Under 13 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, L Stamp; 3, S Baines . Under 15 Years 1, A Hilton; 2, T Gibson; 3, L Stamp. Under 18 Years 1, A Hilton; 2, T Gibson; 3, L Stamp. 10 ½ st 1, C Naylor; 2, T Gibson; 3, J Nichol. 12st 1, C Naylor; 2, T Gibson; 3, S Baines . All Weights 1, J Ewart; 2, A Hilton; 3, C Naylor.

Saturday, 23 rd October 2pm Buttermere Show U12/U15/U18/Girls/12 ½ /AW

Friday, 5 th November CWWA Presentation Dinner. Tickets available from Alf Harrington and Board Members £20 (Juniors £10)

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (October 14th 2010)

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