Fox and Dolan carry off the 13 Stone and All weight World Championships


Saturday 20th Sept (2.00) Egremont Crab Fair U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday September 21st Beamish (1.00) U10 / U12 / U15 / U18 / Girls U15 / Ladies / 11½st / 13 st / 15st / AW
SaturdaySeptember 27th Langholm Show (12.00) U12 / U15 / U18 / Ladies / 12½st / AW
Saturday September 27th Eskdale Show (3.00) U15 / U15 - 8st World Championship / U18 / 10½st / 12st / AW


Prizewinners in the 13st Championship ( l to r) Richard Fox, Raymond Wharton of Dodd & Co, Andrew Carlile, Graham Brocklebank, and James HayhurstTwo Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling championships were decided in a period of three days: the 13 stones at the Westmorland Show and the All Weights at Stanhope Show in Weardale. Both were intense affairs with desperate action keeping the crowds fixed in their seats. And much of that intensity and action came from Richard Fox of Hethersgill
At the Westmorland Show he met local favourite, Graham Brocklebank in the semi-final. They battled for hold and in the midst of that, Fox struck with a back-heel for the first fall. In the second the two wrestlers again fought for hold until Fox won with a late buttock. In the final he met Andrew Carlile, nicely warmed up by a win in the 12 stones. Fox's back-heel again came into play for the first fall, but the second fall was a reversal of roles when Carlile went for the back-heel and kept in place. Instead of controlling the situation, the back-heel proved to be a mistake when Fox inside-hiped Carlile with the back-heel still in place. Richard Fox then went on to win the 14 stones in a final with Graham Brocklebank and was awarded the trophy for the best performance of a wonderful day of wrestling.

Two days later at Stanhope Show Andrew Ord defended his All Weights world title which he has held for three years. Unfortunately for him he met his club-mate Jack Hale in full hiping flow in the first round and went out early. Richard Fox was continuing his recent good form. Having won the 13 stones, he was going well, particularly in the semi-final when he felled heavyweight, Joe Threlfall, who had signalled his good form by winning the All Weights at the Westmorland Show.A great supporter of wrestling in Weardale, Maurice Rutherford presents Ryan Dolan with the All Weights championship trophy

In the meantime on the other side of the draw, Ryan Dolan of Carnoustie was showing the class he had demonstrated in winning the 15st Championship at Rothbury. He is an excellent wrestler generally, but his hiping sets him apart. However, his defensive skills were needed when he met Joseph Robson in the second round, and Robson's hank and then buttock bounced off the Scot. In the semi-final against Jimmy Hall of Langwathby his back-heel was the clinching move each time.

In the final with Richard Fox all was level after two falls, but in the decider Fox went for a back-heel and hung low to avoid the hipe. After a brief pause Fox was catapulted skyward with back-heel still in place, and hiped onto his back.

Dolan, at 21 years, holds several Scottish and British titles from 14½ stones upwards. Always exciting to watch he poses particular problems for opponents for he seems to hipe equally well with either leg.


Joe Hale takes a fall from Craig Ridley in the 12½ stones at Whitfield

After the high drama of the championship events, it was good to sit round a crowded ring at the much smaller event at Whitfield where the Rothbury Club was present in force. Jack Brown, from just down the road at Langley, won two weights, pushed all the way by Craig Ridley and Joe Hale.

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


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Westmorland County Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years G Coulthard J Guy T Hodgson
Girls Under 15 Years A Marston L Albion J Harrison
Under 15 Years G Wilson M Clarke T Hayhurst
Under 18 Years J Hayhurst G Wilson J Wilson
Ladies Open C Hodgson D Thompson V Beatty
Under 21 Years / 11Stone C Whitfield T Hayhurst J Wilson
12 Stone A Carlile J Wragg C Whitfield
13 Stone World Championaship R Fox A Carlile G Brocklebank
14 Stone R Fox G Brocklebank S Mason
All Weights Joe Threlfall J Robson S Mason
Stanhope Show
Event First Second Third
Under10 Years L Hirsch M Bates R Craig
Under 12 Years R Bullock J Harrison T Hodgson
Under 15 Years C Whitfield L Rutherford A Story
Under 18 Years T Gibson C Whitfield L Rutherford
Ladies C Hodgson J Harrison L Hirsch
11½ Stone J Brown C Whitfield B Harrison
13 Stone R Fox T Gibson J Brown
All Weights World Championship R Dolan R Fox J Hall
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years G Coulthard T Davidson J Coulthard
Under 15 Years B Harrison C Whitfield R Bullock
Under18 Years Joe Hale B Harrison T Gibson
Ladies A Marston G Coulthard Z Marston
12½ Stone J Brown C Ridley Joe Hale
All Weights J Brown Joe Hale T Gibson

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