Championships decided at Cumberland Show and Killington
Last updated at 16:19, Friday, 15 June 2012
Two championships were decided in the rain, the Under 15 Years/8 stones, at a damp and enthusiastic Killington Sports, and the 15 stones at the stark aftermath of the Cumberland Show with the wrestlers in the main ring while the big crowd is noisy but hidden in the Members’ marquee.
The result at Killington was not unexpected, as Sam Wilson, son of Kendal Academy coach John Wilson has been one of our cleverest young wrestlers for a few years, held back only by his lack of weight.
At Killington he was the right age and the right weight and he fulfilled the expectations that were on him. Kane McNally, of Milnthorpe Academy, was the other finalist and a worthy opponent but it was Sam Wilson’s day.
David Barnes, the new 15 stones World Champion, was a surprise, not because his wrestling talent was unrecognised, but because we had forgotten about him.
I trained his father, Michael, to wrestle in 1970 when I taught at Trinity School, Carlisle. He did well as a boy but disappeared from view. Years later he turned up with his two boys, Paul and David, and they trained at Carlisle under Tom Harrington and Alan Jones.
In 2006 all that came to fruition when David entered for the CWWA Centenary 13½ stones at Rothbury Mart. The £500 first prize drew 25 genuine contenders to the Mart and David Barnes was top man, winning the final bout with an unusual chip for a big man, the hank.
Then he went off to work in Yorkshire and only recently did he return to work at the new Sainsbury's in Penrith.
In the final of the championship he was up against the All Weights Champion Andrew Ord, whose tall physique and prodigious strength is always a challenge to other wrestlers.
Barnes, with no competitive experience for some time, had thought out a cunning plan and he carried it out with stunning flair.
As soon as the referee said “wrestle”, he went close to his man, engaged the hank, fell backwards and then tightened the throw to bring Ord over cleanly beneath him.
Then he did it again. His skill was further recognised when Harold Armstrong awarded him the Guinness Trophy for the best performance of the day.
Three events on the Saturday, plus Killington two days before kept wrestlers busy, especially the Rothbury youngsters who seemed to be enjoying themselves in all parts of the area. Harry Bertram, won the Under 12s at Killington and entered every other event possible in the sports. At the Roman Wall Show he acquitted himself so well that he was awarded the best performance trophy all the wrestling.
Killington – Under 9 Years 1, G Singer; 2, Jack Threlfall; 3, L Garnett. Under 12 Years 1, H Bertram; 2, A Mullins; 3, S Gorst. Under 15 Years 1, A Singer; 2, S Wilson; 3, G Wilson. Under 18 Years 1, M Atkinson; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, J Bellamy. Girls Under 18 Years 1, C Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, R Hodgson. U15 Years/8 st Championship 1, S Wilson; 2, C McNally; 3, M Hutchinson. 13 st 1, G Brocklebank; 2, B Orrego; 3, B Brocklebank.
All Weights 1, T Brocklebank; 2, J Hall; 3, J Robson .
Roman Wall Show – Under 12 Years 1, H Bertram; 2, A Storey; 3, G Singer. Under 16 Years 1, Joe Hale; 2, T Gibson; 3,H Bertram. 11½st 1, J Harrington; 2, Joe Hale; 3, C Whitfield. 13½st 1, J Harrington; 2, C Moore. All Weights 1, A Ord; 2, J Davidson; 3, Jack Hale.
Cumberland Show – Under 12 Years 1, M Wharton; 2, H Alecock; 3, T Hodgson. Under 15 Years 1, G Wilson; 2, Joe Hale; 3, T Gibson. Girls Under 15 Years 1, M Gibson; 2, R Hodgson; 3, G Coulthard. Under 18 Years 1, M Atkinson ; 2, W Atkinson; 3, G Wilson. 8sst 1, T Wales; 2, M Wharton; 3, G Singer. 12st 1, A Carlile 2, D Miller; 3, G Wilson. 15st World Championship 1, D Barnes; 2, A Ord; 3, Jack Hale. All weights 1, A Ord; 2, Jack Hale; 3, J Davidson.
Lowgill – Under 7 Years 1, D Preece; 2, R Hopdgson; 3, E Preece. Under 12 Years 1, H Wilson; 2, A Hodgson; 3, T Hodgson. Under 14 Years 1, A Taylor; 2, S Wilson; 3, A Briggs.
Under 16 Years 1, S Wilson; 2, A Taylor; 3, A Briggs. Girls 1, C Hodgson; 2, H Hodgson; 3, A Walbank. 12st 1, B Brocklebank; 2, D Hodgson; 3, H Hodgson.
All Weights 1, G Brocklebank; 2, B Brocklebank; 3, D Hodgson.
First published at 14:11, Friday, 15 June 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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