Youngsters wrestling today are the 'wrestling heritage of tomorrow'


Wednesday, 18th January Junior Points Night at Currock House.

The Olympics seem some distance away from Cumbria focused as they are in the diametrically opposite corner of the country, but apart from the torch-bearing ceremonies, there are also a few extra schemes afoot linked to the idea of sporting heritage.

Carlisle Archive Centre has plans afoot to mount a sport related exhibition in their new, state-of-the-art building, which was officially opened this week. They hope to use elements of the George Steadman collection of trophies which was placed with them by the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association last year. They also have use of a collection of sporting photographs deposited by the Cumberland News.
Grasmere Sports is involved in a Heritage Lottery bid by a charity called The Federation of Stadium Communities, which is seeking to preserve memories of the Sports. In their pre-application document they point out that "There are no oral histories of those who have taken part or been connected with the games over generations but there are collections of photographs and memorabilia which could be made more accessible". The methodology proposed is to involve schoolchildren at Grasmere School in interviewing old people like me about their memories of the sports. Kendal Archives Centre is also involved with the proposal.

A more certain and oddball project is proposed by Harry Pearson, a Guardian journalist, who wrote the book: "North Country Fair - a travelogue embracing a summer of shows and fairs in the northern counties of England." His idea is to use a traditional fairground boxing booth to house a travelling exhibition and demonstration center to go round agricultural shows in 2012. He reports: "The boxing booth is now fully funded, designed and being made. In the next few months we will be booking up pitches at various shows across the region and hope very much that the Cumberland and Westmoreland Wrestlers would like to be involved in the project, which would be an excellent way of highlighting the sport and explaining its intricacies and craft to an audience". Details have yet to be firmed up, but it sounds an interesting scheme.

Whilst it is good to pay attention to our heritage with schemes like these, the best way is to keep wrestling and that was what was happening at Currock House this week when Carlisle Wrestling Club held its second Junior points Night.
Star of the evening was Kieron Miller, who won the 8½ stones and brought off some of the best falls of the night. Although anyone can come along to watch and participate, the reality is that the spectators are all also retired wrestlers, and parents/chauffeurs. They can do polite applause as well as any group, but they also provide a clapometer of spontaneous approval which is the biggest reward for a wrestler who has brought off a particularly clever or determined throw. Kieron Miller is light for his age and has to rely on guile and speed for his success.
Mark Wharton is progressing well and won two categories. Megan Gibson put younger brother Thomas in his place in the final of the Under 15s. David Miller hiped and twisted with skill. The Wales brothers, Tom, Joe and Harry, were competitive throughout. And finally, after a long wait, James Hall won the Under 18s with a hipe and a buttock.


Carlisle Wrestling Club Junior Points Night
EventFirstSecondThird Fourth
6 Stone M WhartonJ Wales A Marsden H Wales
7 Stone T WalesW WilsonJ Gibson A Marsden
8½ Stone K Miller T Gibson A Marsden T Wilson
10 Stone D MillerK MillerM Gibson T Wales
Girls 7½ Stone A Marsden      
Girls Open M Gibson A Marsden    
Under 12 YearsM WhartonJ GibsonJ Wales H Alecock
Under 15 YearsM GibsonT GibsonA Marsden W Wilson
Under 18 Years J Hall J Brown D Miller K Miller
Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2012)

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