Carlisle Wrestling Club's 1st Winter Points Night

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Under 18/10st Champion, Jack Brown, was wrestling well against the seniors at Carlisle Wrestling Clubb's Points Night

Carlisle Wrestling Club's first Senior Points Night of the Winter Season was low in numbers but high in quality. Richard Fox was the dominant wrestler winning both the middleweights and the All Weights. With their round-robin format young wrestlers get a chance of testing themselves out against the established Champions. Jack Brown in particular threw himself into the occasion, and came within a whisker of felling Richard Fox in the 13 stones. His best moment was in the last bout of the All Weights when he and that other keen young wrestler, Jack Ewart, were caught in a point of balance as Ewart tried to leg-up and Brown's long legs stretched skyward to avoid being turned. Locked together, they hopped around the mat, a two-legged, two-headed beast. Finally, Ewart hopped slightly off-course and he fell forward just ahead of Brown.

The evening began with back-heels and ended with buttocks and twists. The three master wrestlers, Andrew Carlile, John Harrington and Richard Fox provided a feast of skill and speed in the competiton, But I particularly enjoyed watching John Harrington, besting Richard Fox in the relaxed training session after the serious wrestling finished.

For the first time the Seniors held a Ladies Open Points competition. Only two turned up and Katie Brown duly dispatched the younger Megan Gibson, but a first step has been taken.

Megan Gibson will be more likely to shine tomorrow at the Scottish Open Under 21's Backhold Wrestling Championships 2010 where there is a huge range of categories, so that she will be competing on an equal footing. Usually she wrestles against heavier and older opposition, but tomorrow there are seven weight categories for girls Under 13, seven at Under 18 and four at Under 21. And the same applies to the lads.

The Scots always wrestle in a round-robin system, so all wrestlers will have plenty of action to justify travelling up to Glasgow for the weigh in at 9.30am.

Carlisle Wrestling Club will celebrate it's Fortieth Anniversary with an event at Currock Community Centre, Carlisle , on Saturday, 11 th December, with a demonstration training session for the youngsters, a buffet meal and bar, a slide show of the 2010 season and older photos, and lots of craic. Tickets are available from Linda Scott, Alan Jones and me (tel: 016974 73559.)

Carlisle Wrestling Club Senior Points - Ladies Open 1, K Brown; 2, M Gibson. 11 ½ st 1, A Carlile; 2, J Brown; 3, C Naylor. 13st 1, R Fox; 2, J Harrington; 3, A Carlile; 4, J Brown. All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, J Harrington; 3, A Carlile; 4, J Brown.

Saturday, 20th November Scottish Junior Championships Molendinar Community Centre, 1210 Royston Road , Glasgow G33 1HE .
Saturday, 27th November Academy Shield at Leasgill Atheneum, Near Heversham
Sunday, 28th November Lakeland Sports Promoters Association Presentation Luncheon at Heaves Hotel, Levens.
Saturday, 11th December Carlisle Wrestling Club Fortieth Year Celebration.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (November 18th 2010)

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