Thursday, 10th August 2023
Charlie the Champion of the World
By Robert Wharton
It was an action packed few days of wrestling last week with four events packed in; Appley show,
Dalston show, Slaley show and finally Forestburngate on the Sunday.
The highlight was the Under 15 years/under 8 stone championship. This is a relatively new
championship and gives the younger lighter wrestlers a chance in the spotlight. As youngsters grow
so fast, we tend to see different winners every year.
However, the holder, Charlie Armstrong from Longtown, carefully slimmed his growing frame down
to the limit in order to defend his title. The entry was swelled by extra wrestlers coming along from
the Wednesday night taster sessions. In particular, Ollie Grainger showed up well getting to the
Charlie and John-Lucas Stainton navigated their way through the draw and met in the final. As much
as John-Lucas wriggled and get away from Charlie he couldn’t escape a back heel and outside stroke
and Charlie won the title.
Elsewhere on the results sheets Bobby Stewart continued to collect wins with 5 firsts over the 4
days. Abbie Nelson had hard tussles with Grace Hodgson and gained two wins at Appleby but Grace
made up for that with four wins at Dalston and Slaley. Other multiple wins were gained by the
stylish Graham Brocklebank, George Peacock in commanding form and the smart Josh Threlfall at
At Slaley Craig Ridley and Mark Wharton, both junior champions, showed they still had class with
hard fought bouts in the 14 stone and AW classes. It took 7 falls to split them with Craig taking both
wins with his trademark hanks and twists.
Final mention goes to Thomas Moffat who came through a strong class at Dalston to take the under
18’s and the best performance.
The wrestling season is into its busy period and all wrestlers will be gearing up and have an eye on
Grasmere Sports on the 27 August, the pinnacle of the grass season.
Prizes to 3rd place with the exception of the Championship which is placed to 4th place
|Under 10 years||Cameron Straughton||IsaacStainton||Sophie Armstrong|
|Under 12 years||Bobby Stewart||Ollie Stainton||Oliver Granger|
|Under 15yrs/8st Championship||Charlie Armstrong||John-Lukas Stainton||Thomas Armstrong||Oliver Granger|
|Under 18 years||Myles Stainton||Charlie Armstrong||George Peacock|
|Girls Under 17 years||Abbie Nelson||Grace Hodgson||Ellie-Ann Stainton|
|Ladies All Weights||Abbie Nelson||Grace Hodgson||Lottie Nelson|
|11.5 stone||Jake Biles||Charlie Armstrong||Tom Armstrong|
|14 stone||Graham Brocklebank||Myles Stainton||Jake Biles|
|All Weights||Graham Brocklebank||Myles Stainton||George Peacock|