14 Stone World Championship

NEWS UPDATE

Sunday 14th July - (2pm) Haltwhistle Gala - U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday 14th July - (1.15pm) Great Eccleston Show
Sunday 21st July - (2.30) Coniston Country Fair U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11 ½ / 13 / AW
Thursday 25th July - (1pm) Ambleside U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies/ 8 / 11 ½ / 12 ½ / 14 / AW Championship
Friday 26th July - (2.30) Langholm Common Riding U12 / U16 / Ladies / 11 ½ / 13 / AW
Saturday 27th July - Penrith Show, including 11 stones Championship
Saturday 27th July - Beetham Sports

The List of 2013 Wrestling Venues is available HERE

Skelton Show had a sunny comeback after last year's cancellation, and the 14st World Championship was one of its brightest moments. The quality and the intensity of the wrestling was supreme, with real doubt and edge in every bout. The tone was set by Jack Hale of Rothbury and Graham Brocklebank of Kendal in the opening encounter. Hale's swinging hipes are fit to fell anyone, but not Graham Brocklebank who hung low and anticipated every move. His defensive reactions were always ready to move to attack, and Hale went down a back-over twist in the first bout and an inside-click in the second. The other Kendal contender, Sam Wilkinson, will probably never have met David Barnes of Carlisle Wrestling Club and so was caught entirely by surprise by a hank at full throttle. A hank can be defended, but not if you do not know it is happening. Wilkinson rallied by going for hold in the second bout, but went down to another hank in the third.
Two Carlisle wrestlers Jack Brown and Jack Ewart had a close bout. Ewart had spent much of the afternoon running round the showfield to lose weight, only for Brown to pick him up and outside-hipe him, twice.
Richard Fox felled the veteran champion, Alan Jones with back heels before going on to meet and fell Jack Brown in the semi-final. A trademark, full buttock eliminated Brown and announced to the crowd that Fox was firing on all cylinders.
The other semi-final brought together David Barnes and Graham Brocklebank, and on this occasion Brocklebank's style which had been so successful against Jack Hale, was his downfall against Barnes who outside-hiped him.
The final was finely balanced, and Richard Fox was pacing into the distance before returning fully-focused to the fray. For the first hold my notes say "buttock – messy but intense", which means that David Barnes put up a good defence and Fox had to work himself into a position where he could strike with his best chip.
The final throw was something of an anti-climax in that David Barnes went for his favourite chip, the hank, but Fox's defence was too good and Barnes fell flat on his back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weekend was filled with other excitements in the sun: the Gibson brothers, John and Thomas, gained wins at their local Show; Jack Hale's swinging hipe got into gear to win the All Weights final at Skelton; the Miller brothers, Kieron and David from Aspatria had wins at both Skelton and Distington, and it was especially good to see David back from a bad injury on the mats in winter; there was a first win for Freddie Sewell from Carlisle in the All Weights, defeating a rugby league player from Cleator in final.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Langdale many of the regular wrestlers were missing, but a mixture of locals and serious wrestlers thoroughly entertained the crowd.

Written by © Roger Robson ............. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2013).

Results ( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2012)

Skelton Show

Event

First

Second

Third

Under 10 Years J Gibson S Dodd H Wales
Under 13 Years M Wharton J Winkley-Balmer J Richardson
Under 16 Years T Gibson T Wales J Wales
Under 18 Years K Miller T Gibson P Potts
11½ Stones J Brown K Miller D Miller
14 Stone World Championship R Fox D Barnes G Brocklebank
All Weights J Hale R Fox G Brocklebank.
Distington Show

Event

First

Second

Third

Under 12 Years J Hogarth Harry Wilson K O`Leary
Under 15 Years T Gibson C Taylor K O`Leary
Under 18 Years K Miller T Gibson C Proznic
12½ Stones D Miller K Miller C Naylor
All Weights F Sewell J Martin J Ritson
Langdale Gala

Event

First

Second

Third

Under 9 Years T Wilson E Wilson V Davidson
Under 12 Years G Coulthard H Wilson T Wilson
Under 15 Years G Wilson J Lashley D Connor
Under 18 Years G Wilson D Connor J Lashley
Girls 10 Stones A Marston E Wilson G Coulthard
Under 21 Years & 11 Stones J Lashley D Connor H Wilson
Ladies G Coulthard H Wilson H Fergie
13 Stones S Lashley G Wilson J Lashley
All Weights F Matthews H Kumar  

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