The busiest wrestling week of the year


Saturday 6th August - Powburn U10 / U13 / U16 / 11½st / 14st Championship / AW / Local Novice
Sunday 7th August - Gilsland U12 / U15 / U18 / GirlsU14 / LadiesOpen / 11½st / 13½st / AW
Tuesday 9th August - 1.30 Kirkby Lonsdale U12st / U15 / U1 / GirlsOpen / 13st /AW
Saturday 13th August - 12 Noon - Dalston   U12 / U15 / U18 / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday 14th August - Forestburngate

Jimmy Hall and the Under 18s Championship cupsJames Hall, Jimmy, a 17 year old apprentice motor-mechanic from Langwathby, had a week of wrestling to savour. First of all he won the Under 18 Years Championship at Ambleside Sports, won again in his age-group at Flookburgh, and then, impressively triumphed in the senior All Weights.

At Ambleside he was favourite to win despite the strong field of young wrestlers. He had the singular advantage of weighing in at 17½ stones. Last year some of the good middleweights could out-manoeuvre him and escape his power. This year with extra practice over the winter at Carlisle Wrestling Club and regular action throughout the season so far, he is wrestling more shrewdly and using his physique to full advantage. Stuart Mason managed to take a fall off him in the semi-final by gaining a sudden hold and then rushing him forward, but otherwise Hall wrestled impeccably, hiping decisively off his right hip for most of his falls.

His new status as a top wrestler was further illustrated at Flookburgh when he met Joe Threlfall in the final of the All Weights. Threlfall can scarcely be matched for power, and he is much the same weight as Jimmy Hall, but the young lad set about him with attacking wrestling and lifted him a few times. In the end, the falls went to Hall after some big twists.

Joe Threlfall certainly had an eventful few days with successes at Langholm and Beetham, and finals at Flookburgh and Ambleside. In addition, his son Joshua won at Langholm.

Joe Robson buttocks Jack Lashley

Joseph Robson was missing from the wrestling on Saturday because he was stepping over the road inJoe Robson, reflects on his victory  with the All Weights trophy at Ambleside Grayrigg to marry Lindsay, but he turned out for a final fling of freedom at Ambleside Sports two days prior. In the All Weights final he met Joe Threlfall who immediately put on the clamps and twisted him over the knee. Joe Robson is a big lad but he was made to look small by Threlfall. A new strategy was needed, and Robson kept Threlfall moving so that he could not apply his full power, and then twice using the slope of the Ambleside ring he wrong-footed the bigger man.


John Harrington continued his impressive form. He attended two events and won twice at both. At Ambleside Cyril Bragg adjudged him the best wrestler of the day for the Guinness Trophy. At Cockermouth he and Richard Fox thrilled the crowd with a ding-dong performance with first one winning then the other turning the tables in the next weight.

Richard Fox had a successful and eventful week. At Ambleside, in the 14st final, he had one of those wonderfully ferocious, athletic and sporting encounters that light up an event when two well matched wrestlers at the top of their powers give their all. Three falls were needed to decide the winner: Graham Brocklebank took the middle fall with hold and a rush forward, but Fox took the trophy with two buttocks. He also buttocked Joe Threlfall for the first fall of the All Weights final at Langholm, but lost the next two.

Results ( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2011)

Ambleside Sports
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years J Lashley G Wilson J Wilson
Under 15 Years J Hayhurst M Bennet T Gibson
Under 18 Years World Championship J Hall B Brocklebank S Mason
Girls Under 14 M Gibson L Wilson R Hodgson
Ladies Open D Thompson C Hodgson L Wilson
8 Stone K Miller S Wilson T Gibson
11½ Stone J Harrington C Naylor J Brown
12½ Stone J Harrington J Brown W Atkinson
13 Stone R Fox G Brocklebank D Atkinson
All Weights J Robson J Threlfall T Hodgson
Guinness Trophy J Harrington    
Langholm Common Riding
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years

J Threlfall

O Raine J Stoddan.
Under 16 Years J Hayhurst H King S Clegg
Ladies C Hodgson Amasulter R Hodgson
11½ Stone J Hayhurst M Rose J Brown
13 Stone R Fox J Brown M Rose
All Weights J Threlfall R Fox S Briggs
Cockermouth Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Scott M Hodgson E Robson
Under 15 Years T Gibson P Potts S Brown
Under 18 Years J Addyman , D Miller K Cartwright
11½ Stone J Harrington P Murray D Miller
13 Stone J Harrington R Fox A Myers
All Weights R Fox J Harrington A Myers
Beetham Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years J Lashley G Wilson J Steele
Under 14 Years S Wilson J Arnold G Wilson
Under 16 Years W Atkinson J Hayhurst K McNally
Under 18 Years S Mason J Hayhurst M Atkinson
Ladies Open C Hodgson A Beswick L Hayhurst
12½ Stone J Park S Mason M Atkinson
All Weights J Threlfall S Mason S Allen
Flookburgh Steam Gathering
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years G Wilson J Wilson T Hodgson
Under 15 Years J Bellamy H King S Wilson
Under 18 Years J Hall W Atkinson B Brocklebank
Ladies Open H Hodgson E Wilson ,L Wilson
11½ Stone B Brocklebank H King J Wilson
13 Stone G Brocklebank M Atkinson W Atkinson
All Weights J Hall J Threlfall S Fleming
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (August 4th 2011)

Stock photography by SOLMAR at Alamy

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