JANUARY POINTS NIGHT

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Three of the best: the winners of the January Points Night at Carlisle Wrestling Club: (l to r) Richard Fox (All Weights), Richard Dixon (11½st) and John Harrington (13st)

Three of the best: the winners of the January Points Night at Carlisle Wrestling Club: (l to r) Richard Fox (All Weights), Richard Dixon (11½st) and John Harrington (13st)

A glance at the results of the January Men's Points Night at Carlisle Wrestling Club would indicate that the champion wrestlers in the club had done it again. Richard Dixon won the 11 ½ stones round-robin, John Harrington the 13 stones and Richard Fox the All Weights, with Andrew Carlile to the fore, too. But, that overlooks the real story of the night as the younger generation of wrestlers took falls from them and pushed them to the limit throughout the night.

Only the All Weights winner, Richard Fox, came through the night without losing a fall.

Craig Naylor took good falls from his peers, before crowning his night by felling Andrew Carlile with a swinging hipe. Jack Brown showed his class in turn by felling Naylor with a classic combination of inside-hipe flowing straight into a killer back-heel. Jack Ewart in the All Weights showed that his fall against John Harrington at Buttermere was no fluke when he did the same again on the mats.

David Miller, much the smallest and lightest wrestler did not win a single fall yet gave one of the best performances of the night. He did everything right, jumping ahead of hipes, moving purposefully and striking with vigour when the chance arose. Best of all was when he came within a whisker of inside-hiping Richard Dixon.

Another youngster went even better. James Hall, in powerful company, came second in the All Weights. He has been travelling North to train at Carlisle as there is no real opposition for him at Milnthorpe Academy where he first learned to wrestle. At 18 stones he is a daunting armful for any wrestler, but he also goes for his trips. He hiped John Harrington and Jack Ewart, and in his best fall of the night leg-up buttocked Gordon Nichol.

Nevertheless, when the dust had all settled, the consistency and class of Messrs Dixon, Harrington and Fox put them ahead of the field. I can't wait for the rematch in February.

Results:

Carlisle Wrestling Club Senior Points

11 ½ st 1, R Dixon ; 2, A Carlile; 3, C Naylor; 4, J Brown. 13st 1, J Harrington; 2, A Carlile; 3, R Dixon ; 4, J Brown. All Weights 1, R Fox; 2, J Hall; 3, J Harrington; 4, G Nichol

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (February 10th 2011)

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