February Points Competition

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Agriculture, mechanical breakdown and illness drastically reduced numbers at Carlisle Wrestling Club this week, with various members involved in the Young Farmers Club Entertainment performances. The quantity of wrestling in the February Points Competition was reduced, but the quality remained, with several falls bringing spontaneous applause from a discerning audience.

In the January Points, Andrew Carlile wrestled well, but fell short of the top spot. This week he was unbeatable, never losing a fall. Against the younger wrestlers, he demonstrated perfect execution of some standard chips, particularly the outside-stroke and back-heel. The powerful and heavier figure of Jack Ewart was tamed by a back-heel which went under his guard and left him, literally, without a leg to stand on.

Against John Harrington standard falls are not enough, and Carlile had to raise the speed and precision of his technique. Against Ewart he had gained the right position and hold to win with a back-heel. Against Harrington, as they moved round in the bout, he saw a flicker of opportunity and struck with snake-like intensity, to win with a streamlined version of the back-heel.

In the All Weights section, Carlile again raised the level when John Harrington seemed to have the bout under control with his superior strength, but Carlile went for a buttock, and just when he reached the sticking point, brought the leg-up into play. The whole effect was a fast, graceful swirl of action which brought Harrington onto his back on the mats.

The Wrestling Association website continues to develop week by week. The site now has a section for “Biographical sketches of 19th and 20th Century wrestlers” which greatly extends the historical content of the site. Roy Lomas, the man behind it all, has used various books which are out of copyright to provide the older details, and his own book, “Grasmere Sports, The First 150 Years” for the more recent information.

Bob Horsley, my predecessor at The Cumberland News, kept a huge range of such material in lots of little brown envelopes, which are now in the Horsley Collection at the County Archives in Carlisle. Now similar material is available at the touch of a button.

Results:

Carlisle Wrestling Club Senior Points Night for February

11½st 1, A Carlile, 2, J Brown.

13st 1, A Carlile; 2, J Harrington; 3, J Brown

All Weights 1, A Carlile; 2, J Harrington; 3,J Ewart; 4, J Brown.

Ladies 1, K Brown; 2, M Gibson.

Dates:

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

Saturday, 5th 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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