Hethersgill Vintage Rally

Sunday, 1st May 2022

After a break of two years wrestling returned and the outdoor season got off to a bang at the Hethersgill Vintage rally on Sunday. You have to go back to Alwinton show in October 2019 for the last time we had wrestling on the grass.

It was fantastic to see it return, and the wrestlers did not disappoint the many spectators that witnessed the action. The academies have been back up and running through the winter, operating safe COVID protocols, and it showed with many wrestlers fit and ready to rumble as soon as the referee said, “on guard, wrestle.”.

Hethersgill Vintage rally has been a great supporter of the summer programme, and hosted many Championships, so it was fitting they were the first event of the season.

Before proceedings got under way there was a referees and judges meeting to brief themselves on the rules, safety and general update and guidance. Never mind the wrestlers the officials had to get themselves ready. Finally, the other important bit was the wrestling ring and thanks to Paul Gibson, his lawnmower and some sawdust it was in fabulous condition.

Turning to the wrestling there was plenty to talk about with newcomers having a go, up and coming stars as well as the seasoned performers.

In the junior sections we seen a competitive under 8’s section which seen Elliott Howe come out on top after a tense final with Sam Pollock. The under 10’s and 12’s classes went the way of Bobby Stewart. Bobby showed no signs of any rust and demonstrated his full array of chips (hipes, outside strokes, and back heels) in defeating two excellent wrestlers in Ellena Peacock and Abbie Whiteford in the finals. Abbie did not go home empty handed though and won the Girls class against a determined Kelsey Thompson.

There was a great turnout from the Carlisle juniors, but it was a Kendal car load that took the honours in the next three classes. Nathan Guy won the under 15’s section with measured skill and power. Matthew Story came through the other half of the draw but was no match for Nathan in the final.

Having not seen some of these junior wrestlers for two years they have all shot up two inches! Thomas Wilson was no exception and to go with his stature he had all the skill and chips to go with it. Try as they might the Carlisle lads had no answer to Thomas’s right leg outside hipe. Thomas picked up deserved wins in the under 18’s and 21’s.

In both classes honourable mention goes to Vinnie Davidson who showed he still has a bit of class after the two-year break and he fared the best in trying to serve it up to Thomas. The other junior to stand out was Charlie Armstrong. Charlie is in that category where he has missed his under 12’s years and now has jumped up into under 15’s. He more than holds his own though beating bigger “fellas” with his guile and skill.

The men’s section seen Andrew Carlile (coach to many of the wrestlers mentioned above) and Thomas Gibson enter the ring. Andrew controlled Jonathan Wharton’s attacks in the 12.5 stone final and in the 14.5 stones section came out on top of Vinnie and Thomas. Andrew reverting to his deadly outside stroke to down his men.

after the two-year break and he fared the best in trying to serve it up to Thomas. The other junior to stand out was Charlie Armstrong. Charlie is in that category where he has missed his under 12’s years and now has jumped up into under 15’s. He more than holds his own though beating bigger “fellas” with his guile and skill.
The men’s section seen Andrew Carlile (coach to many of the wrestlers mentioned above) and Thomas Gibson enter the ring. Andrew controlled Jonathan Wharton’s attacks in the 12½ stone final and in the 14½ stones section came out on top of Vinnie and Thomas. Andrew reverting to his deadly outside stroke to down his men.

In the final event of the afternoon the All Weights final seen Thomas Gibson defeat his coach, Andrew. It wasn’t plain sailing for Thomas though. Despite conceding a few stone, Andrew took the first fall with a right side buttock. Thomas composed himself and with a swinging inside hipes came back to take the second and deciding falls.

A great afternoon’s entertainment and bring on the rest of the season.

N.B. Prizes awarded to third place


Results

Event First Second Third Fourth
Under 8yrs Elliot Howe Sam Pollock Connie Cubby
Under 10yrs Bobby Stewart Elena Peacock Sophie Armstrong
Under 12yrs Bobby Stewart Abbie Whiteford Tom Armstrong
Under 15yrs Nathan Guy Matthew Story Thomas Moffat
Under 18yrs Thomas Wilson Vinnie Davidson Jack Gibson
Under 21yrs Thomas Wilson Vinnie Davidson Jack Gibson
Ladies Abbie Whiteford Kelsey Thompson Izzie Story
12.5st Andrew Carlisle Jonathan Wharton
14.5st Andrew Carlile Vinnie Davidson Thomas Wilson
All Weights Thomas Gibson Andrew Carlile Vinnie Davidson