Carlisle Wrestling Club Open Night

Saturday, 22nd April 2023


Open night is taster for upcoming season

Carlisle wrestling academy hosted its Open night last Saturday at Hesket village hall. The timing of the event is perfect as the grass season kicks off at Hethersgill Vintage rally this Sunday.

Whilst the wrestlers have trained and practised every week during the winter, you cannot beat proper competition. In addition, there were entries coming from both Kendal and Waberthwaite academy’s which added extra and different opposition into the mix.

The categories covered age groups and weights from under 12 years and 5 stones up to the senior Ladies and Men’s. It was a full actioned packed programme which kicked off at 7pm with the last bout (and the all-important raffle) finishing after 10.30pm.

The added bonus to those that competed, and the watching spectators, was the excellent pie and pea supper!!

Over 50 wrestlers competed on the night all keen, determined but everyone had a smile and enjoyed being involved. The coaches at the academies must also earn some plaudits. The skills and range of chips on show was there for all to see.

Within the results below, of the 16 categories, we had 11 separate individual winners. There were new faces coming through and topping their category but also some older, familiar faces showing their skills and that they are ready for the summer season.

John Lucas Stainton travelled up from Kendal and doubled up in the U12/6 stones and the U12/8.5stone categories showing his usual flair and range or trips. Jack Whiteford was also at the double in the U15 and u18/10 stone class. In the process collecting not only the sponsors prize money but apparently his Dad had also promised an extra cash reward for a win. Given Jack won two classes and sister Abbie won the Girls U15, Mr Whiteford was well out of pocket on the night.

Other double successes came from Rosie Hodgson (Ladies Open and Under 18), Andrew Carlile (11st and 12.5st) and finally Thomas Gibson in the 14.5st and Men’s open. Thomas also took away the prize for the best fall of the night – a swinging inside hype on Jack Brown.

All in all, a great night with big thanks to everyone involved, especially our sponsors.

See you all Sunday at Hethersgill


NB: Prizes awarded to third place.

(No classes are eligible for Victor/Victrix Ludorum trophies)


Event First Second Third Fourth
Under 12yrs / 5st Harris Robertson Alfie Stalker Frankie Davidson
Under 12yrs / 6st John-Lukas Stainton Ellena Peacock Matt Robson
Under 12yrs / 8 1/2st John-Lukas Stainton Ollie Stainton Ellena Peacock
Under 8yrs Isaac Stainton Lewis Robertson Lenny Stalker
U10yrs Zak Robertson Isaac Stainton Frankie Davidson
U12yrs Bobby Stewart Ollie Stainton Matt Robson
U15yrs Jack Whiteford Bobby Stewart John-Lukas Stainton
Girls U15yrs Abbie Whiteford Alex Waugh Izzy Story
Under 18yrs / 10 stone Jack Whiteford Charlie Armstrong Josh Thompson
U18yrs Thomas Wilson Alfie Spedding Myles Stainton
Girls U18yrs Rosie Hodgson Elizabeth Wilson Abbie Nelson
11st Andrew Carlile Charlie Armstrong Jack Whiteford
12 1/2 Stone Andrew Carlile Jack Brown Jack Gibson
14 1/2 stone Thomas Gibson Jack Brown Matty Hodgson
Ladies All Weights Rosie Hodgson Kelsey Cordukes Elizabeth Wilson
AW Thomas Gibson Jack Brown Jack Ewart
Best Girls Under 18yrs Performance - Abbie Whiteford
Best Boys U18yrs Performance - Thomas Wilson
Best Ladies Performance - Rosie Hodgson
Best Male Performance - Andrew Carlile
Best Fall - Thomas Gibson
Most Improved Wrestler over Winter - Isaac Stainton
Best Performance Overall - Thomas Gibson