Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

Jack Brown makes it 5 out of 5, but with depleted entries at Stanhope and Whitfield


Saturday September - 15th - 2.30pm Egremont: U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Saturday September - 15th - 2pm Thropton: U10yrs / U13yrs / U15yrs / U16yrs U18yrs/ Girls U15yrs/ Ladies/ 13st / AW
Saturday September 22nd - 12.00pm – Langholm: U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Ladies / 12½st / AW

2018 Wrestling Venues
A cheerful sport; l to r Richard Wise, Jimmy Atkinson; Thomas Gibson and Jack Brown, the finalists at Stanhope

Last week saw wrestling stripped to the minimum, with the regular travellers such as the Hodgson family from Dentdale, and a contingent of Carlisle wrestlers, supplemented by a few locals. Luckily, or at least, sensibly, the two events, Stanhope Show and Whitfeld Village Fair, were co-ordinated to allow wrestlers to commute between events to compete.
Once again at the smaller events, it was the youths wrestling which provided most of the action, while the men's events were straight into semi-final mode from the beginning. Jack Brown had a bonanza day in the men's events winning all five categories on offer. He was pushed hard by a Durham teacher, Jimmy Atkinson, who enjoys the occasional fling, and by Thomas Gibson, a young Heavyweight who began brightly, but seemed to run out of steam as the bouts progressed.

 The rivals; Matty Hodgson and John Gibson clashBig Hair: Kelsey Cordukes and Gemma Coulthard Ted Hodgson with the ubiquitous back-heelBig brother Thomas Gibson, puts John in his place as father Paul looks on.

A feature of all wrestling events this year is that Matty Hodgson and John Gibson will compete skilfully and always with the outcome in doubt, while Matty's mother, Sharron is part of the organising team at the ring-side table. Matty has developed the sophisticated technique of the hank for some of his successes, while John resorts to hipes. Sharron just writes fast.
Another ongoing duel lies between Rosie Hodgson and Aaron Younger in the Mixed Under 12s. At Stanhope, Younger raised the stakes in the final, but at Whitfield Rosie was the winner.
The only extra wrestler at Whitfield was Rothbury's Matthew Lamont who had warmed up with a game of rugby in the morning before turning out to win the Under 18s at Whitfield.

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Stanhope Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years A Younger R Hodgson G Hodgson
Under 15 Years T Hodgson M Hodgson J Gibson
Under 18 Years A Hanby M Hodgson J Gibson
Girls Under 17 Years G Coulthard K Cordukes R Hodgson
Under 21 Years T Gibson J Gibson T Hodgson
Ladies Open T Hodgson G Coulthard R Hodgson
12 Stones J Brown T Hodgson J Gibson
14 Stones J Brown R Wise J Atkinson
All Weights J Brown T Gibson J Atkinson
Whitfield Country Fair
Event First Second Third
*Under 10 Years G Hodgson B Stewart C Makepeace
Under 12 Years R Hodgson A Younger G Hodgson
Under 18 Years M Lamont J Gibson V Davidson
Ladies Open T Hodgson G Coulthard R Hodgson
12½ Stones J Brown M Lamont T Hodgson
All Weights J Brown T Gibson M Lamont
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