Ryan Dolan Takes the 15 Stone trophy North


Saturday September 13th Stanhope (1.30) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW World Championship
Sunday September 14th - Whitfield (2.00) - U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW

Saturday 20th Sept (2.00) Egremont Crab Fair U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday 21st September Beamish


Richard Fox and Jack Hale continue their close bouts at Wolsingham Show

The Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling event at Rothbury Mart is special in the summer calendar. With prize-money of two and a half thousand pounds, it is equal to Grasmere and the Westmorland Show. Only Rothbury is held indoors on the wrestling mats. The wrestlers compete in a ring where fifty years ago a hundred blackface lambs off the Cheviot Hills would be sold as a single lot. And the other huge difference is that it is a stand-alone wrestling event, not dependent on the support of a host such as an agricultural show.
This year, just to add more spice, the 15st World Championship was on the programme, and the crowds flocked through the doors to fill the tiered seating. From the start there was bound to be a new champion, as the holder, David Barnes, was too heavy to compete.

The three men who fought their way to the semi-finals were all from widely different wrestling backgrounds. Richard Fox from Hethersgill was brought up surrounded by wrestling with a father, brother and cousin all competing. Jack Hale is the product of the latest rebirth of wrestling at Rothbury Academy. And Ryan Dolan of Carnoustie is part of the new focus of Scottish wrestling on the East Coast. All three are dynamic, attacking wrestlers without a passive bone in their bodies.
The semi-final saw Fox, the buttocker, take on Hale, the swinging-hiper, and Fox took the first fall with - you've guessed it - a buttock. Hale then fought back and won the next two falls with big hipes.

Ryan Dolan of Carnoustie, the new 15st Champion

In the first fall of the final Ryan Dolan tried time and again to lift Jack Hale on a hipe but failed as the Northumbrian defended too well. In the end a sudden change of plan brought success for the Scot. With Hale hanging back low toBorder battles: James Hayhurst tackles Aaron Melia prevent being lifted, suddenly Dolan back-heeled and took the first fall. For the second fall Jack Hale went on the attack and nearly swung Dolan up and away, but the Scot's defence and his long legs came into play and Hale fell to the mat. Ryan Dolan is the 15st Champion.

Twelve categories gave the wrestlers plenty of chances, and right from the start, with tiny Max Bates winning the Under 10s right through to an exhausted Graham Younger just surviving to win the All Weights, the standard of wrestling was superb and kept the big crowd entertained.

The closely fought bouts between Jack Hale and Richard Fox continued at Wolsingham where Jack Hale struck first in the 14 stones but he was felled by Fox in the final of the All Weights. Abi Marston had a good win against bigger opposition at the Mart and then took another win at Loweswater Show to continue her good form. The Harrison family managed to take in two events on the Sunday and Ben Harrison took full advantage to win at both events. And tall Jack Ewart, one of our keenest wrestlers, won the All Weights at Loweswater.

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


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Rothbury Mart
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years M Bates N Seton T Howson
Under 12 Years G Singer J Etterley G Coulthard
Under 14 Years H Bertram F Cansfield T Davidson
Under 17 Years D Brown A Melia G Wilson
Under 21 Years J Brown J Hayhurst Joe Hale
Girls Under 16 Years A Marston F Waddington G Coulthard
9 Stone A Story H Dennis H Bertram
11 Stone A Carlile S Wilson Joe Hale
13 Stone R Fox A Sandercock J Hayhurst
15 Stone World Championaship R Dolan Jack Hale R Fox
Ladies Open C Hodgson A Marston K White
All Weights G Younger Joe Threlfall A Ord
Lowick Show
Event First Second Third
Under 9 Years M Harrison C Ellwood L Holmes
Under 12 Years G Coulthard G Chinn J Guy
Under 15 Years B Harrison J Wilson G Chinn
Under 18 Years S Wilson B Chinn B Wightman
12½ Stone S Wilson B Harrison B Chinn
All Weights W Hayhurst B Wightman S Wilson
Loweswater Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years J Gibson H Wilson R Armstrong
Under 15 Years B Harrison B Robinson R Armstrong
Under18 Years T Gibson B Harrison K White
Ladies A Marston L Meier H Wharton
12½ Stone T Gibson L Grove B Harrison
All Weights J Ewart T Robinson T Gibson
Wolsingham Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years T Hodgson W Hindmarsh D Thompson
Under 15 Years B Harrison T Hodgson W Hindmarsh
Under 18 Years Joe Hale B Harrison C Mason
Ladies Open C Hodgson A Hindmarsh J Harrison
11½ Stone J Brown C Mason Joe Hale
14 Stone Jack Hale Jack Brown J Atkinson
All Weights R Fox Jack Hale A Ord

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