Jack Brown enjoys a successful weekend's Wrestling at Alston and Patterdale


Saturday 5th July (4.45) Skelton Show U13 / U16 / U18 / Ladies / 11st / 13½st/ AW
Sunday 6th July (1.30) Distington U12 / U15 / U18 / 12½st / AW
Sunday 6th July Langdale (2.00) U9 / U12 / U15 / U18 / U21 &11st / Ladies 10st / Ladies Open / 13st / AW

Sunday 13th July ( 2.00) Haltwhistle U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / Novice / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday 13th July Great Eccleston
Sunday 20th July (2.30) Coniston
U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Friday 25th July (2.30) Langholm Common Riding U12 / U16 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW


Sam Wilson inside-clicking Andrew Sandercock at Alston Gala

Jack Brown of Haydon Bridge was head and shoulders above the other wrestlers last week-end. At Alston Gala he won all three senior events and on the next day he wrestled in two finals, winning the All Weights.
He uses his height and long legs to great effect, particularly with his inside hipes, but he is a complete wrestler with strong defences and the ability to weave two and three techniques together to initiate and then complete a fall. Andrew Sandercock took a fall from him with some good defensive work in the 13 stones at Alston but otherwise he was in control.
At Patterdale, though, he was undone in the 12½st semi-final, when an on-form Andrew Carlile caught him with a quick buttock for the first fall. For the second, Carlile swung Brown low to the ground like a left-handed scythe before Brown's widespread feet caught on the ground and he flipped over.
At Alston it was sad to see an ever-present wrestler sitting at the ringside with his lower leg in plaster. Thomas Gibson was injured when tackled by a friend playing break-time football at school. He faces four weeks in plaster and then careful recovery time. Ironically, the friend who did the damage, Sam Brown, replaced him in the wrestling ring and won the Under 18 Years in a final with Sam Wilson of Kendal.
That final was a typical episode in Sam Wilson's week-end. He began brilliantly with a hank for the first fall but then was twisted down twice by Brown. He had some of the best falls of the two days, but never made the winner's enclosure.
 Andrew Carlile fells Joe Lashley at Patterdale Jack Brown gives a local wrestler a good ride out amongst the Lakeland Fells at Patterdale

It was good to see Craig Naylor, with a clean bill of health from the doctor, featuring in two finals. Mark Wharton continues on his skilful way to dominate the Under 12 Years category. A Novice competition again rounded off the wrestling programme at one of our events with lots of crowd interest and participation. And the crowd on the Patterdale cricket pitch stayed to the very end applauding the wrestlers and their achievements.


John Wilson, the Kendal coach had a busy educational week when the Ambleside Sports Fund enabled him to teach wrestling for three days at schools clustered in South Lakeland. The Junior Schools at Ambleside, Langdale and Grasmere all had long wrestling sessions. At Ambleside all 100 children wrestled, and at the end of the day the Head Teacher said, "That's the best thing that's happened to this school in the seven years I've been here." At Ambleside Sports six wrestlers from each school will compete in a special competition to open the wrestling programme for the day.

© Written by Roger Robson ..... © Photographs by Roger Robson, Jill Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (2014)


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Alston Gala
Event First Second Third
6 Stone J Gibson M Hodgson C Wharton
Under 12 Years M Wharton J Gibson M Hodgson
Under 15 Years G Wilson M Wharton W Walton
Under 18 Years S Brown S Wilson M Wharton
Ladies Open A Marston B Philipson R Hodgson
11½ Stone J Brown E Craney S Wilson
13 Stone J Brown S Wilson E Craney
All Weights J Brown G Wilson A Sandercock
Novices J Williams S Brown A Hains.
Patterdale Country Fair
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years M Wharton M Hodgson R Ewing
Under 15 Years J Lashley G Wilson D Bradley
Under 18 Years G Wilson J Lashley S Wilson
Ladies A Marston Z Marston R Hodgson
12½ Stone A Carlile C Naylor J Brown
All Weights J Brown C Naylor A Carlile
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