Skelton, Langdale and Distington host the Wrestling this week

> John Harrington, foot on the ground, twists Andrew Carlile at Skelton

Wrestling venues last week-end gave a cross-section of Cumbria with Skelton Show in the rich Eden Valley, Langdale Gala amongst the highest fells, and Distington Vintage Rally in the western coastal plain where mining and industry ruled.
The Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling rounded off a glorious day for Skelton Show. Once competition for the main ring waned, and only wrestling was on offer, a goodly crowd settled in the sunshine to follow the action. The Wharton family were well to the fore again with Connor winning an impromptu Under 10s competition and older brother Mark continuing his high success rate in the Under 12s.
>John Harrington outside-hipes Jack Brown at Skelton

Skelton Show seems to specialise in finding fit youngsters who fancy a go at the sport. This year the pick of the bunch was Levi Miller who was a natural at attack and defence. In the Under 16s Thomas Wales, trained at Carlisle Wrestling Club, had been flinging all and sundry on his way through the rounds, but was taken by surprise by Miller in the final. It was good to see Wales lifting his game even further in the Under 18s, where he got his revenge.
> Thomas Wales hipes a local lad at Skelton Show

Andrew Carlile continued his fizzing form in the 11½ stones. Kieran Miller had thrilled the crowd when he hiped and back-heeled 11st champion, Jack Brown, in the first semi-final. Not to be outdone, in the other semi-final John Harrington hanked Carlile brilliantly but went down in the other falls to some lightning back-heels. In the final Carlile was boss, again back-heeling, and then winning the last fall with a sudden twist-off-the-breast.
John Harrington left Richard Fox frustrated by felling him in the first round of the middleweights, but Harrington himself fell short after a big outside-hipe in the first bout of the final with Jack Brown.
Richard Fox was well focused by the time the All Weights arrived and he stormed through to win, never buttocking, but back-heeling and cross-clicking.

 Jack Brown in good hiping form at Langdale

On the following day Jack Brown travelled to Langdale and won the Under 21 Years/11 stones, but found Graham Brocklebank too strong and savvy in the men's weights. Abi Marston had a good day with a double win; the Wharton family struck again; and the Wilson cousins, George and Sam, dominated the older boys.

At Distington, organiser Alf Harrington said, "The usual wrestlers (John Harrington and CraigNaylor) obviously knew too much for the others but the wrestling between the novices was keen and competitive but at the same time really sporting. We never do get large numbers of regulars turning up at Distington but we always seem to have a good day's competition."

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


( * signifies 'not eligible' for The Victor Ludorum 2014)
Skelton Show
Event First Second Third
* Under 10 Years C Wharton L Elliott M Hodgson
Under 13 Years M Wharton A Martin M Hodgson
Under 16 Years L Miller T Wales B Harrison
Under 18 Years T Wales P Donoghue L Miller
11½ Stone A Carlile K Miller J Brown
13 Stone J Brown J Harrington A Carlile
All Weights R Fox A Carlile J Brown
Ladies E Fisher G Coulthard R Hodgson
Langdale Gala
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years C Wharton M Capstick V Davidson
Under 12 Years M Wharton J Harrison G Coulthard
Under 15 Years G Wilson M Wharton P Denney
Under 18 Years S Wilson G Wilson J Wilson
Ladies 10 Stone A Marston, I Kelly G Coulthard
Under 21 Years & 11 Stone J Brown B Harrison J Wilson
13 Stone G Brocklebank J Brown A Myers
Ladies A Marston C Jones A Coulthard
All Weights G Brocklebank J Brown W Hayhurst
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Wilson T Neale D Dixon
Under 15 Years H Wilson T Neale D Drinkwater
Under 18 Years J Wilson P Lewis D Atkinson
12½ Stone J Harrington C Naylor S Glaister
All Weights J Harrington J Hall C Naylor

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