This week's shows


Sat, 27th August 12.00 - Newcastleton U13 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½ / AW
Sat, 27th August 3.00 - Millom & Broughton U12 / Local U15 / U16 / U18 / 12st / AW
Sat, 27th August 3.15 - Bellingham U12 / U16 /7 / 9st/ 12st / 14 / AW /Novice / Ladies Open
Sun, 28th August 11.00 - Grasmere U12 / U15 / U18 / GirlsU15 / GirlsU18 / 8st / 11st / 12st / 13st / 14st / AW / Ladies 10st / Ladies AW.
Mon 29th August 11.00 - Silloth U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies Open /11½st / 13st / AW
Mon 29th August 2.30 - Keswick U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies /11½st / 13st / AW
Wed 31st August 2.30 - Ennerdale U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Sat, 3rd September - Harbottle
Sat, 3rd September - Lowick
Sat, 3rd September - Hesket Newmarket including 10½st Ch’ship
Sun, 4th September - Loweswater
Sun, 4th September - Wolsingham
Thurs, 8th September - Westmorland Show Including 13st Ch’ship

The final of the Under 15 Years/10st Championship at Rusland was no simple matter of lads turning out for the fun of it, but the culmination of many years of training, travelling and competing. At their age, I had competed once and had no idea what a wrestling mat was, but Thomas Gibson and Sam Wilson are old hands and old rivals. Gibson has been coached by Alan Jones, Andrew Carlile and Tom Harrington at Carlisle Wrestling Club for several years, and Wilson’s father is Kendal Academy coach, John Wilson, nuff sed.

First blood to Thomas Gibson

Their final match at Rusland was typical of many of their previous bouts. Gibson is younger, heavier and attacks; Wilson is slighter, more technical and reacts. In the final, Gibson took the first fall, Wilson equalised with a twist and then Gibson clinched the winner.

At Rusland, James Hayhurst once more took both the Under 15s and the Under 18s, beating Ben Brocklebank in the Under 18 final. Stuart Fleming again proved that he is the hidden asset of heavyweight wrestling. Only turning out at a few of his local venues, he has the power and class to beat the best. At Rusland it was Graham Brocklebank in the final of the All Weights.

The Brocklebank family moved into winning ways at Torver when Ben won the 11½ stones and Graham was unbeatable in both the 13 stones and the Heavyweights.

Gosforth Show, unashamedly, concentrates on the youngsters, with five boys’ categories and none for men. Most of the wrestlers were locals unknown beyond their area, but it was good to see Paul Murray and his sister, Lyn, winning their sections.

At Allendale, John Harrington ruled the roost, although the Ridley brothers, and Gordon Nichol made him work hard for his three wins. Unfortunately, Adam Ridley broke his ankle when his leg twisted under him.

John Chicken of Haydon Bridge is a regular at wrestling events, not competing, but watching. For twenty-five years he has been a keen spectator, but at Allendale Show all that changed when he entered the 14 stones. Has a new star arrived? Well, as he took hold against Jack Brown, he looked the part ……for several seconds.

The Bretons are here ready for the busiest ten days of our wrestling year. Their party consists of five men and two women, and they are expected straight from the Plymouth Ferry to compete at Grayrigg Show.

The decider won by Thomas Gibson

Sam Wilson equalises

Thomas Gibson and thophy, runner up, Sam Wilson

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

Allendale Show
Under 12 Years H Bertram G Singer H Robson
Under 15 Years A SingerG Singer H Bertram
Under 18 Years J BrownA Singer H Bertram
11½st J HarringtonA Ridley C Ridley
14st J HarringtonC Ridley J Brown
All Weights J HarringtonG Nichol C Ridley
Gosforth Show
Under 9 Years J ConnorJ Lamb J Bradley
Under 11 Years M RatcliffJ Lamb J Connor
Under 13 Years D ConnorM Ratcliff C Loyd
Under 15 Years T JohnsonA Phillips K Atkin
Under 18 Years P MurrayJ Atkin A Phillips
Girls L Murray J Hall J Robinson
Rusland Show
Under 12 Years G Wilson R Albion J Wilson
Under 15/8st Championship T Gibson S Wilson J Wilson
Under 15  J Hayhurst G Wilson J Wilson
Under 18  J Hayhurst B Brocklebank M Atkinson
Girls  C Hodgson L Wilson L Clough
12½st  M Atkinson J Hayhurst W Atkinson
AW  S Fleming G Brocklebank W Atkinson
Torver Show
Under 12  G Wilson J Wilson H Mason
Under 15  S Wilson G Wilson J Wilson
Under 18  M Atkinson B Brocklebank W Atkinson
Ladies  C Hodgson A Beswick L Albion
11½ st  B Brocklebank G Wilson C Naylor
13st  G Brocklebank W Atkinson B Brocklebank
AW  G Brocklebank J Robson W Atkinson
Costume  J Wilson O Wilson W Atkinson
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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