Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association

Wrestling and 'Powerful Beasts' - both 4 legged and the 2 legged kind


Saturday July 22nd - 1.15pm Penrith Show U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Girls U15yrs / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Sunday July 23rd - 2.45pm Coniston U12yrs / U15yrs / U18yrs / Ladies / 11½st / 13st / AW
Thursday July 27th - 12pm Ambleside FEMALES: U15yrs / 10½st / Ladies Open .
MIXED: U12yrs;
MALES: U15yrs / U18yrs / 8st / 11½st / 12½st / 14st /AW
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

Great Eccleston Show is famous for its immensely powerful beasts: the huge tractors pulling improbable weights and shattering the eardrums. Another powerful beast was let loose in the wrestling ring when Max Carlyle persuaded local man, Karl Etherington to enter for the All Weights event.
Ben Brocklebank, the winner of the 13 stones did take a fall from him in the semi-final, but was unable to finish the job. Even former heavy weight champion, Joe Threlfall was unable to resist the power and went down to two back-heels in the final.

The chief quality of the wrestling at Great Eccleston is the way people enter from the crowd and confirm a proud note in our original rulebook that we are "open to the world". In general the trained wrestlers like the Hodgson family and Thomas Hayhurst had most of the success, but locals gave atmosphere to the event.
In fact, in some ways, there were too many entries, and for the second year in a row, this led to difficulties of scheduling in the main ring. Firstly the wrestling was held back for an hour and a half, and then allocated a slot of one hour which was not long enough for the number of entries, and the wrestling continued as furniture for a horse event was erected beside the bouts.

Wrestling can never be confined to a strict time schedule because there are too many variables, and this makes for problems in a shared ring. The wrestling ambience at Skelton Show, Grasmere and this year at the Cumberland Show, is so much improved by a separate ring encircled by the crowd.
In the past Great Eccleston had its own wrestling ring, but so remote and on the fringes that it felt lost. Wrestling organiser, David Parsons, hopes a satisfactory compromise can be found to keep our wrestling shining in Lancashire.

One of the competitors, Cesare Giombetti, learned his wrestling in Sicily where the style was much the same as here and in Sardinia. Traditional wrestling retains a hold in several areas of Europe, and was part of a news item in Wednesday's "Guardian" which was illustrated by a Schwingen wrestling ring high in the Alps, with the Matterhorn in the background. A 25 year old woman, born in Switzerland to Turkish parents, who had lived her entire life there, "I don't know any other life", had her application for citizenship turned down by a local jury for her lack of local knowledge. She was persona non grata because she did not know what Schwingen was.
This country would be well thinned out if residence depended on knowledge of C&W wrestling. Nevertheless Unesco did confer World Heritage Status on the Lake District, and wrestling had its place in the cultural heritage aspect of the application. In a former article I did say that there is nowhere to stick a plaque on C&W Wrestling, but I have had second thoughts. How about the equivalent to a plaque embroidered on the backside of a champion's centrepiece as it circles the ring at Grasmere?

Penrith cups - fine antique cups offered as challenge trophies at Penrith Show

On Saturday July 22nd at Penrith Show, two handsome silver trophies will be presented for the wrestling after a CWWA Board meeting decided to use a few of the trophies from the George Steadman collection held by the Cumbria Archives.

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Great Ecclestone Show
Event First Second Third
Under10 Years H Waterhouse S Molyneux E Whitestyle
Under 12 Years R Hodgson J Darbyshire M Stainton
Under 15 Years T Hodgson L Walker M Stainton
Under 18 Years T Hayhurst T Hodgson J Scarborough
Ladies C Hodgson H Hodgson R Hodgson
13 Stone B Brocklebank T Hayhurst T Hodgson
All Weights K Etherington J Threlfall C Giambetti

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