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Cumberland wrestling round-up

By Roger Robson

Matthew Atkinson
Matthew Atkinson was a Victor Lodurum trophy winner

The CWWA Annual Presentation Dinner brought together a hundred followers of wrestling to applaud the exploits of the most successful and consistent wrestlers of the 2010 grass season.

With three points for a win and lesser points for places, Thomas Gibson's score of a round 100 points for the under-12 years category was a testament to his dominance in the ring and his father's fuel bill.

This season has seen him develop his style so that hipes, both inside and outside varieties, are a major part of his repertoire of chips.

His fellow wrestlers at the dinner obviously appreciate his approach to the sport for they voted him winner of the Wrestlers' Wrestler trophy.

The Victor Ludorum trophies for under-15 and under-18 levels went to the Atkinson brothers, William and Matthew.

Once more the theme behind their wins was a mixture of style, athleticism and mileage.

A high point for William was to win the under-15s and then wrestle up to John Harrington in the Senior 12 stones at Grasmere Sports.

Matthew could have had a quieter year because he has moved up an age group, but he has not for he is capable of handling himself well in any competition.

The Victrix Ludorum trophy once more went to Dentdale.

Connie Hodgson's quality was again well demonstrated at Grasmere where the female wrestling attracted unprecedented numbers.

In this numerous entry Connie shone brightly winning at under-15 and under-18 levels and coming second in the Open Ladies from an entry of 18 wrestlers.

For the rest of the year, wherever there was ladies' wrestling, she would be there and winning.

John Harrington is a wrestler who puts a foundation into the grass season as he is light enough to wrestle in several categories and skilful enough to compete with heavier men, and his widespread participation meant that he won two categories, the 11.5 and 13 stones.

The closest category was the heavyweights, for all competitions over 13 stones.

Graham Brocklebank scored 43 points, Andrew Ord scored 45, but the winner was Richard Fox with 47 points, who significantly had fewer wins than the others but amassed more points.

Carlisle Wrestling Club's first junior points night saw some fine wrestling as the team for the academy shield was being chosen.

Falls which stood out for me were the hipe with which Megan Gibson caught Kieron Miller, Thomas Gibson hiping his sister Megan, and David Miller catching Jack Brown with a killer back-heel in the 10 stones.

I also liked Charlotte Wilson's back-heeling and general wrestling nous.

The Best Performance Trophy went to David Miller.

Tickets are now available for the Fortieth Birthday Celebration of Carlisle Wrestling Club on Saturday, 11 December.

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