Jack Brown and Richard Fox continue their winning streak


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

Saturday October 11th Alwinton (1230) U10 / U13 / U16 / U21 / Girls U16 / Ladies / 11½st / 14st / AW

Saturday October 11th Wasdale Head (4.00) U11 / U12 / U13 / U15 / U18 / 10½st / 12st / AW



.Jack Brown and Richard Fox have each had a successful season and they continued to be the main winners last weekend. At Egremont on Saturday they each appeared in two finals with Fox coming out ahead with two wins, in the 13 stones where he kept Brown firmly in check, and in the All Weights where his strong back heels accounted for his Carlisle club mate Jack Ewart. There was a slight wobble when Ewart attacked from the off in the first hold, and caught Fox with a buttock. Cyril Bragg had no hesitation in awarding Fox the Guinness Trophy for the most meritorious performance in the wrestling.
The junior wrestling had a good entry of locals, as is usual at Egremont, who figured prominently in the prize list, though the experience of Thomas Gibson from Southwaite and Abi Marston of Smithfield shone through in the Under 18 and Ladies classes respectively.

On Sunday the action moved to the eastern fringes of our area with the Agricultural Show at Beamish and here Jack Brown was again prominent appearing in all four senior finals, winning the 11½ and 13 stones classes, but having to give way to heavier opponents in the 15 stones and the All Weights. In the lighter weights he had too much know how for the Wragg brothers from Rothbury. In the heavier weights he fell short against Jason Davidson in the 15 stones, though he then beat him in the first round of the All Weights, and then against the Kendal heavyweight William Hayhurst in the last final of the day.

In the juniors there was a pleasing double for Matty Hodgson, one of the youngest wrestlers on the circuit. Matty is often “up against it” age wise but there is no doubting the classy style he displays, learnt during regular attendance at the Carlisle club through the winter.

After that the Rothbury contingent took over with Cade Whitfield, one of this year`s most improved wrestlers, Charlie Carlisle and Freya Waddington taking the main prizes.

This weekend sees the last of our annual Championships up for grabs. Eskdale Show is hosting the Under 15 years/Under 8 stones Championship giving some of our youngest, and lightest, wrestlers the opportunity to put some silverware on the sideboard until next season.
Earlier in the day, starting at midday, there is the usual wrestling at the other Eskdale Show, over the border in Langholm.  In a fortnight`s time the curtain will be brought down on the grass season with events at Alwinton, which has £1600 of prize money on offer, and Wasdale Head. There will be no wrestling at Buttermere this year

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


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Egremont Crab Fair
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years H Wilson T Moore E Monty
Under 15 Years B Kane H Wilson T Short
Under 18 Years T Gibson B Weightman A James
Ladies Open A Marston C Wilson L Meier
11½ Stone J Brown D Miller R Blacklock
13 Stone R Fox J Brown D Miller
All Weights R Fox J Ewart C Naylor
Beamish Agricultural Show
Event First Second Third
Under 10 Years M Hodgson W Hindmarsh M Carlile
Under 12 Years M Hodgson A Hindmarsh J Harrison
Under 15 Years C Whitfield B Harrison M Hodgson
Under 18 Years C Carlisle J Hale M Lamont
Girls Under 15 Years F Waddington S Lamont A Hindmarsh
Ladies F Waddington K Swann B Lamont
11½ Stone J Brown A Wragg A Carlile
13 Stone J Brown J Wragg J Hale
15 Stone J Davidson J Brown A Carlile
All Weights W Hayhurst J Brown J Hale

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