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Carlisle Wrestling Club had a legion of youngsters competing in the February Junior Points Night. Even before the main menu, a special event for the really tiny and youthful wrestlers saw some excellent style from four youngsters who could easily have blown away in the recent gales. What is really impressive is that these youngsters know their chips and we saw an excellent final between Connor Wharton and John Gibson where both lads were winning falls with moves which would grace adult wrestling. Connor won the first fall with a back-heel, but John Gibson got the next two falls, finishing with a hipe.

In the 6 stones Charlotte Wilson picked up where she left off in the January Points and coasted to victory despite a spirited fight from her sister, Emma. The 7 stones was a different matter for Charlotte for she was up against some heavier lads, her cousins William and Tom. After losing the first fall of the final, Tom Wilson equalised the score with a dramatic twist, to set up a deciding bout. The resulting fall was not only the climax of this particular event, but the best fall of the night, and possibly the season. Charlotte was under severe pressure and looked like going down on her nose. Instead, she squirmed right underneath her opponent, and brought him over in a flying arc to hit the ground before her. Sadly, Tom landed heavily on a shoulder sustained injury.

In the quiet, an hour later, after the young ones were heading home for bed, the coaches were still talking about the throw. Not surprisingly, Charlotte won the best performance trophy the second month in succession.

Charlotte was not the only wrestler to shine. Kieron Miller, back from illness, won the 8 ½ stones, then watched for the rest of the night. Thomas Gibson excelled in beating bigger and sometimes older lads to win at Under 12 and Under 15 Years. A newcomer, Thomas Blair from Walton, showed potential with his natural ability to use the twist off the breast, either to the left or the right side. Jack Brown kept the lively David Miller under control to win the 10 stones, and James Hall strewed his opponents round the mat to win the Under 18 Years. His decision to travel North for training seems justified in the way he is brought on by the coaching once the competition had finished.

Lost at the beginning of the Ice-Age last November, the 2010 Academy Shield Competition will now take place on Saturday, March 5th , hosted by Milnthorpe Academy .



Carlisle Wrestling Club Junior Points

6st 1, C Wilson; 2, A Marston; 3, E Wilson; 4, J Kent 7st 1, C Wilson; 2, T Wilson ; 3, W Wilson ; 4, A Marston. 8 ½ st 1, K Miller; 2, T Gibson; 3, C Wilson; 4, M Gibson 10st 1, J Brown; 2, D Miller; 3, T Blair; 4, A Marston. Girls 1, M Gibson; 2, C Wilson; 3, Z Marston; 4, E Wilson . Under 12 Years 1, T Gibson; 2, E Wilson ; 3, S Brown; 4, M Wharton. Under 15 Years 1, T Gibson; 3, T Blair; 3, S Brown; 4, E Wilson . Under 18 Years 1, J Hall; 2, J Brown; 3, D Miller; 4, T Blair.Special Microweight Challenge 1, J Gibson; 2, C Wharton; 3, H Alecock; 4, Z Marston.Best Performance: Charlotte Wilson.



Wednesday, 15 th February, Carlisle Wrestling Club Senior Points Night

Wednesday, 23 rd February No training at Carlisle Wrestling Club due to refurbishment of premises

Saturday, 5 th March The Academy Shield hosted by Milnthorpe.

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

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