End of Season Reflections


Wednesday 9th November 7.30 Carlisle Wrestling Club Junior Points Night at Currock House
Wednesday, 16th November 8.45 Carlisle Wrestling Club Senior Points
Saturday, 26th November 7pm weighing-in The Academy Shield, Currock House, Carlisle.

The Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling season is done and dusted, though there has been precious little dust. The soggy conditions in the second half of the season caused the cancellation of five host events, and the wrestling at Wasdale Head Show was washed out at the end of a long wet day.

However, over fifty venues staged wrestling events, each with its own flavour: Grasmere Sports had four and a half hours of constant action in its double ring; Loweswater Show had only one recognised wrestler competing.

Grasmere drew wrestlers and spectators from all regions to a central focus, and added to that was the zest from the Breton and Scottish wrestlers. Loweswater, instead, drew support from its own locality, and a great time was enjoyed by the crowd and the young wrestlers who queued up to compete

Typical 2011: Richard Fox with the 14st championship belt; a tough opponent in Frazer Hirsch of Dundee.........and it is raining

The C&W Wrestling Association World Championships were less spread out than usual as we have a triple champion and two double champions. Best of all was Richard Fox of Hethersgill, who battled his way to three championships (13st, 14st, and 15st). Always a highly motivated wrestler, his focus magnifies when under the pressure of championships, and the major events. Whenever he and Graham Brocklebank step into the ring together, we know that we are in for a wrestling treat.

Two other young wrestlers are currently polishing two championship trophies. Each won first a boys' and then a senior title. Ironically, their Junior wins were every bit as difficult as when wrestling against men.

Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge, standing well clear of six feet in height, hungered himself down to win the Under 18 Years/10st title at Langdale Gala. He then was runner-up to Richard Dixon for the 11st championship, before winning the 10½ Stones cup at Hesket Newmarket.

James Hayhurst of Natland could scarcely have travelled further in our wrestling world when he made his way over to Rothbury for the Under 15 Years Championship. Although an odds-on favourite to win, he struggled against local lad, Dan Brown, and won the decider by inches. Contrast that with his role as underdog at the 12st Championship at Buttermere, when he upset the odds by felling two previous title holders.

Cumberland and Westmorland World Champions for 2011
Championship Champion Home Town Championship Venue
Under 18 Years / 8 Stone Thomas Gibson, Southwaite Rusland Show
Under 15 Years James Hayhurst Natland Rothbury Vintage
Under 18 Years / 10 Stone Jack Brown Haydon Bridge Langdale Gala
Under 18 Years James Hall Langwathby Ambleside Sports
10½ Stone Jack Brown Haydon Bridge Hesket Newmarket Show
11 Stone Richard Dixon Lessonhall Crosby Ravensworth Show
12 Stone James Hayhurst Natland Buttermere Show
13 Stone Richard Fox Hethersgill Westmorland Show
14 Stone Richard Fox Hethersgill Powburn Show
15 Stone Richard Fox Hethersgill Alwinton Show
All Weights Andrew Ord Morpeth Penrith Show
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (October 27th 2011)


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