4 Widespread wrestling Venues this week


Saturday August 16th Rusland (2.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls / 13 / AW
Sunday August 17th Torver (2.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW / Costume
Sunday August 24th Grasmere Sports (11.00) U12 / U15 / Girls U15 / U18 /Girls U18 / 8st / Women 10st / 11st / 12st / 13st / 14st / Women AW / AW / Costume (4) (£2500)
Monday August 25th Silloth (11.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Monday August 25th Keswick (3.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW


Wrestling in its rural context: Thomas Wales of Raughtonhead hipes his opponent; the cows wander by at Dalston Show
Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling was spread to its geographical limits in a long week-end that began with Ings Sheepdog Trials on the Thursday and ended at Kirkby Lonsdale Show on the Tuesday. In between we had Dalston Show, near Carlisle and Forestburngate in remotest Northumberland. Two families wrestled at all events: Abi Marston from Scaleby and the Harrison family from Silloth.
Abi's persistence won through at Forestburngate where she took on the Northumbrian lassies, but she had to give way to Anna Coulthard at the other three events. The Harrison family of young wrestlers are the grandchildren of Billie Harrison of Abbeytown who was a champion wrestler when even I was young.
Other wrestlers to achieve multiple success were George Wilson with six wins, Ryan Armstrong and Jack Brown with three, and Richard Fox, Andrew Ord and Joe Threlfall with two apiece.

George Wilson of Kendal Academy is a big tall lad for his age, and he knows how to use his physique to accomplish good falls against other strong lads. For a time his cousin Sam Wilson was able to bamboozle him with clever wrestling, but recently George has been able to dominate him.
After Mark Wharton's twelfth birthday (celebrated in style at Ambleside in his last appearance at Under 12), Ryan Armstrong has taken over his mantel as the dominant wrestler in that category. He trains in the winter at Carlisle Wrestling Club, but has particularly flourished this Summer on the grass.
Jack Brown is nursing an injury but still managed to produce stylish wins. At Dalston Kieran Miller buttocked him for the first fall in the final, but Jack came back to win the next three falls. At Forestburngate he struggled with the rigg and furrows in the ring, the low centre of gravity of Charlie Carlyle and a wonderful buttock from Connor Mason. But, like the champion he is, he sorted out the problem and went on to win.

Richard Fox bustled his way to victory, twice, at Dalston, although he found his hands full with, his large mate, Graham Derby, in the final of the All Weights. Andrew Ord was on good form with the lock-hipe against the live-wire heavyweight Jack Hale at Forestburngate, but resorted to a simple back-heel in the last of their four encounters. Joe Threlfall met a good range of heavyweights at Ings and Kirkby Lonsdale and was on good form with hipes and twists

Ronnie Carr of Beamont has died. He was the last surviving member of the Carr brothers who were such a formidable force in the Carlisle Academy in the post-War years.

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


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Ings Sheepdog Trials
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Armstrong G Coulthard J Dobson
Under 15 Years G Wilson T Hayhurst T Hodgson
Under 18 Years G Wilson S Wilson E Zurawski
Girls A Coulthard G Coulthard A Marston
13 Stone S Wilson Joshua Threlfall R Blencarn
All Weights Joe Threlfall T Hodgson G Wilson
Dalston Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Armstrong G Coulthard T Hodgson
Under 15 Years G Wilson J Gilroy T Evans
Under 18 Years G Wilson T Wales S Wilson
Ladies A Coulthard G Coulthard R Hodgson
11½ Stone J Brown K Miller P Potts
13 Stone R Fox J Harrington K Miller
All Weights R Fox G Derby J Brown
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years M Bates V Davidson A Younger
Under 12 Years T Davidson J Harrison G Singer
Under 15 Years C Whitfield H Bertram N Jones
Girls A Marston I Bertram J Harrison
Under 21 Years J Brown C Carlyle C Mason
12½ Stone J Brown C Mason Joe Hale
15½ Stone A Ord Jack Hale J Davidson
All Weights A Ord Jack Hale J Brown
Kirkby Lonsdale Show
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years T Wilson M Harrison R Hodgson
Under 12 Years R Armstrong T Hodgson G Coulthard
Under 15 Years G Wilson J Lashley B Harrison
Under 18 Years G Wilson S Wilson Joshua Threlfall
Lightweight Girls R Hodgson E Stainton E Harrison
Ladies Open A Coulthard A Marston G Coulthard
13 Stone G Brocklebank B Brocklebank B Harrison
All Weights Joe Threlfall T Brocklebank G Brocklebank

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