The Outdoor Wrestling Season draws to a close


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
Wednesday 15th October (7.30) Carlisle Wrestling Club Opening Night, Currock Community Centre.
Wednesday 22nd October Carlisle Wrestling Club Junior Points Night.
Wrestling Association Presentation Dinner at Low Hesket Village Hall Friday 7th November Tickets £20 Juniors £10


Winter is least it will be on Saturday evening when the crowds have gone home from the last wrestling rings of the 2014 Cumberland and Westmorland Grass Season and there is nothing left but Carlisle United and chopping logs for week-end entertainment.

Alwinton Show, in the Cheviot Hills, is an ancient sheep show that has always had wrestling as part of its heritage. Its place as a major event on the wrestling calendar is sustained by the efforts of Jimmy Pringle, Darren Whitfield and the Rothbury Academy who canvass hard for wrestlers and good prize money. Wasdale Head is another sheep show with a long tradition, well lost in the Lake District Fells beside England's deepest lake and highest mountain. For Craig Naylor, Joss's grandson, the wrestling is right on his doorstep and handy for the young lads he trains at Waberthwaite Academy.

After that, the focus will be on indoor events and training. Several events bring the wrestling world together in the Winter season. The CWWA Presentation Dinner on 7th November rewards the most prolific winners over the last season with Victor Ludorum trophies. The Academy Shield competition is due before the end of the year, but no date is yet fixed. The annual slide show which brings together images of over forty events is pencilled in for the 7th December at Currock House when wrestlers and fans can look back at the 2014 season, and buy a CD for a Christmas present.

The Scottish Wrestling Bond has issued a warm invitation to its Scottish Open 2014 which is held in Bellcraig Community Centre in Glasgow on Sunday, 2nd November, and offers many categories at Under 15 and Under 21 Years, and Seniors. Already Darren Whitfield is trying to find out how many wrestlers and fans want to travel to Brittany for their Back-hold Championships on February 28th 2015. For several years our wrestlers have been regular participants at this event, and have enjoyed the team spirit it engenders in a very individual sport. The Breton hospitality helps, too.

The Annual General Meeting of Carlisle Wrestling Club this week looked forward to a bumper indoor season with new young wrestlers likely to swell the numbers after parents made contact at the various events through the year. An excellent problem which was discussed was how to integrate the influx of wrestlers from the Young Farmers' Clubs who practise for the Field Day. Last year there were times when too many appeared at short notice on the same night. Many regular young wrestlers at the wrestling club are also Young Farmers, but the problem arises when novices come in bulk to qualify to compete in the Field Day.

Andrew Carlile with the 12st Championship cup at Hethersgill, alongside his pupils who all have held championships (l to r) Jack Brown, Andrew Carlile, Kieran Miller, David Miller

The first night of training starts next Wednesday evening at 7.30 in the Currock House Gym, and a week later comes the first Junior Points Night of internal competitive wrestling.Carlisle Wrestling Club has three of the best qualified coaches available: Tom Harrington MBE, a founder member of the present club in 1970; Alan Jones, a prolific champion in his day, who still managed to turn out in earnest in the 14st Championship at Gilsland this year; and Andrew Carlile, the present holder of the 10½ and 12st Championships, a brilliant wrestler at the height of his powers.

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

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