Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

Penrith and Coniston Shows


Friday July 28th - 2.30pm - Langholm Common Riding U12yrs / U16yrs / Ladies / 6st / 11½st / 13st / AW
Saturday July 29th - 1.00pm - Cockermouth Show U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Wednesday August 2nd - 2pm - Cartmel Show U9yrs / U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Ladies / 13st / AW
Saturday August 5th - Powburn
Sunday August 6th - 12.30 Gilsland Show U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Girls U17yrs / Ladies / 11½st / 13½st / AW
Sunday August 6th - Lunesdale Show U9yrs / U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / U18 & 10st Championship / Girls U17yrs / LadiesOpen / 13st /AW

Local lads take it seriously at Coniston
Twenty-two millimetres of rain fell in my garden last Saturday, and the same applied to the wrestling ring at Penrith Show; the ring looked like a recently drained paddy field. Despite that, a goodly crowd gathered and the wrestlers came from all parts.

One of the best duels of the afternoon was between two young giants, George Wilson of Kendal and Zak Singleton of Rothbury. They first met in the Under 18's final when George was the master,  David Barnes fells Zak Singleton in the All Weights final at Penrithback-heeling the hiper for the first fall, and riding the hipe to counter for the second. In the All Weights itwas all change, and Zak got his hipe going and marched through the rounds. He even felled Jack Halein the semi-final. The first fall Zak lost by involuntarily doing the splits in the oily conditions, but he gathered himself to execute two fine hipes, inside and outside

That brought him up against David Barnes who is a more occasional wrestler, but dangerous with it: a big man able to do lightweight style moves. The hank which disposed of Graham Brocklebank was one of the falls of the week. In the final against Singleton, Barnes was more controlled and assertive, taking the first fall with an outside-hipe and a nudge, and for the second fall catching Zak as he came across for an easy sit down.

Mark Wharton avoids more mud in felling Robbie Bulloch in the Penrith swamp

Despite the conditions the standard of wrestling was at its highest. Mark Wharton in his last days as Under 15 Years Champion was hiping for England, swinging his opponents high before splattering them in the squelch. The final of the 11½st was a classic between two of our cleverest and most experienced wrestlers, John Harrington and Andrew Carlile. Carlile's superb defensive skills meant that Harrington had to be at his best to get anywhere, and he still managed to win with two spectacular and wonderfully neat hipes. Harrington then went on to wrestle up to Jack Brown in the 13st final.
Graham Brocklebank celebrates weight loss and two wins at Coniston

On the following day at Coniston John Harrington continued his winning ways, but the event was chiefly notable for a double win for Graham Brocklebank who at last gained a win against the 13st scales after a long series of nearly nude defeats. Watch out Ambleside and Grasmere.

There were few senior wrestlers at Coniston, but the youngsters kept a big crowd happy round a wide ring. Individual falls from Myles Stainton and from the Charnley brothers of Grassington bodes well for the future. And Rosie Hodgson continues her successful campaign in the Under 12 years at both Coniston and Penrith.

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Penrith Show
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Hodgson J Wharton T Charnley
Under 15 Years M Wharton R Bulloch J Gibson
Under 18 Years G Wilson Z Singleton M Wharton
Girls Under 15 Years G Coulthard A Hindmarsh R Hodgson
Ladies Open C Hodgson V Beattie G Coulthard
11½ Stone J Harrington A Carlile M Wharton
13 Stone J Brown J Harrington A Carlile
All Weights D Barnes Z Singleton Jack Hale
Coniston Country Fair
Event First Second Third
Under 12 Years R Hodgson M Stainton F McRobbie
Under 15 Years M Hodgson M Jamie T Hodgson
Under 18 Years M Hodgson J Charnley T Hodgson
Ladies C Hodgson R Hodgson H Hodgson
11½ Stone J Harrington M Hodgson; T Hodgson
13 Stone G Brocklebank J Harrington A Myers
All Weights G Brocklebank A Myers J Harrington

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