Penrith Show

Saturday, 15th July 2023

Gibby is the new 14 stone champion

By Robert Wharton

Despite the weather and soggy conditions wrestling lightened up the day at Penrith Agricultural
show last Saturday. Those that “water-proofed up” and brought the wellies to counter the weather
were served up some excellent wrestling over the wrestling card that contains twelve categories.

The highlight of the day was the Men’s 14 stone class. The entry contained four past champions in
the form of Graham and Ben Brocklebank, Jack Brown and Richard Fox as well as the up-and-coming
youth in the form of Myles Stainton, Thomas Wilson, Henry Bowman, Josh Threlfall and Matthew
Lamont. Despite such a formidable entry the favourite for the title, owing to his sparkling early
season form, was the tenth entry, Thomas Gibson.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Gibby and he did give his supporters a scare or two, but he justified his
favoritism and is the new 14 stone champion. This goes with his All-Weights championship of last

In the first-round scare number one came in the form of Myles Stainton. As Thomas lifted back in the
first fall, Myles found a sneaky hank and a dog fall was called. Thomas composed himself to take the
next two falls. In round number two he came up against the defending champion, Jack Brown. Jack,
a bit lighter than Thomas, tested him to the max but went the same way as Myles.

In the other half of the draw Graham Brocklebank disposed of fellow Kendal wrestlers in the form of
brother Ben and Thomas Wilson. Graham drew the bye to the final leaving Gibby to beat Matthew
Lamont in the semi. The final goes down as one of the best of the season so far.

Graham drew first blood with attack after attack, taking the fall with a twist over the knee. The
second fall seen Graham adopt similar all-out tactics. Graham just missed with a swinging inside click
which Thomas rode to twist Graham and equalise things. The deciding seen Thomas go on the
offence and swung Graham over on his trademark inside hype to win the championship.

The other 11 categories were also keenly contested with all wrestlers showing skill and

The Girls under 17 was worth a mention with Abby Nelson gaining a deserved win over close rivals
and friends, Elizabeth Wilson and Grace Hodgson. After going down a fall in the final two
spectacular buttocks from Abby won the day.

The losers on the day will be the Mum’s (and Dad’s) having to wash the muddy wrestling kits ready
for the next day’s action.

In other news the wrestling community was saddened to hear of the death of Freddie Jones.
Freddie is father of multiple champion and now coach, Alan Jones. However Freddie was a fantastic
wrestler in his own right. A fierce competitor who was the 14 stone champion in 1961. Thoughts
and wishes go out to his family and friends.

Finally despite the good numbers turning out this season among the juniors the Carlisle wrestling
club is opening its doors to new members and wrestlers. The club is running Free Tester sessions
Wednesday nights throughout August and September to girls and boys aged 8-18 year old. If anyone
would like to attend the night starts at 7.30pm at Hesket Village Hall.

N.B. Prizes to Third Place with the exception of the World Championship which is to Fourth place

*Does not count toward Ludorum Points


Event First Second Third Fourth
U10yrs Tommy Bowman Isaac Holmes Isaac Stainton
U12yrs Bobby Stewart Ollie Stainton Isaac Stainton
U15yrs George Peacock Bobby Stewart Charlie Armstrong
U18yrs Thomas Wilson Myles Stainton Harvey Murray
Girls Under 15 years Grace Hodgson Connie Whiteford Ellie-Ann Stainton
Girls Under 17 years Abbie Nelson Elizabeth Wilson Grace Hodgson
Ladies All Weights Connie Hodgson Kelsey Cordukes Elizabeth Wilson
*8.5st Charlie Armstrong Jamie Kemp Owen Gibson
11.5st Robbie Pigg Harry Huddleston Charlie Armstrong
14st World Championship Thomas Gibson Graham Brocklebank Matthew Lamont Jack Brown
15st Graham Brocklebank Ben Brocklebank Matthew Lamont
Mens A/W Thomas Gibson Matthew Lamont Graham Brocklebank