We are delighted to welcome Cumberland & Westmorland Wresting to the Lowther Show on Sunday 12th August.
Kindly organised by the Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling Association, there will be classes for boys, girls, men and women with a total of £735 prize money. Free entry to all, and entries taken on the day. There is also a traditional costume competition with prize money for the top three plus a trophy for the winner.
All events begin with taking hold, when the wrestlers grip their own hands behind their opponent’s back, and wait for the referee to set the bout in motion. When he is satisfied that both wrestlers have an equal hold, he warns them to be “On guard”, then if all remains fair, the bout begins when the referee calls: “Wrestle”.
After that, two main ideas are in every wrestler’s mind: Don’t break hold before the bout is ended, and make sure that the other man hits the ground first. The whole aim of the sport is to throw your opponent so that he touches the mat first.
A wrestler can use any fair means to win a bout: he can lift, swing, twist and trip to gain a fall. There are three basic types: those which involve the use of a foot or the lower part of the leg to trip a man forward onto his side or even onto his back.
All the lifting throws are called hipes. The problem with hipes is to get rid of the opponent’s legs. One solution is to swing him until his legs fly out from underneath him before bringing him down to the ground – the “Swinging Hipe”. Another method is to knock the legs out of the way with a foot or knee – the “Outside Hipe”. The “Inside Hipe” looks painful, but rarely is. The hiper lifts not only with his arms but also with his knee between the opponent’s legs. At the highest point of the manoeuvre, the knee becomes the pivot on which the man is turned in mid-air.
Most clever wrestling involves good footwork. A “Back Heel” hacks a man’s legs from under him from the outside; the “Inside Click” does the same by hooking between an opponent’s legs. An “Outside Stroke” spins a man onto a tripping foot; and the “Hank” is where a wrestler twines his leg round an opponent’s leg and the straightens it to pull him to the ground.
“Buttocking” is any fall where one man moves ahead of the other and pulls him forward and down to the ground with a wrenching motion. Sometimes only the shoulders are used; sometimes the wrestler slips right under his man and brings him, high and handsome, over his back before crashing him to the ground – a “Full Buttock”. A “Cross Buttock” knocks the legs back when this chip is played, and a “Leg-up Buttock” is where a leg is pushed up between the opponent’s legs to act as a fulcrum.
These are basic chips, but the variations and combinations are endless. And if after all the action the judges are unable to declare a winner, the bout is declared a “Dog-fall” and the whole business starts again.
The classes for the Sunday will be as follows:
- Under 10 Years
- Under 12 Years
- Under 15 Years
- Under 18 Years
- Girls Under 17 Years
- 11.5 Stone
- 13 Stone
- All Weights
The Ladies Class has very kindly been sponsored by Lowther Castle, with the Lowther Perpetual Trophy up for grabs in this class. A beautiful solid silver salver will be awarded to the winner of this class.
There will also be a separate competition for the best costume who will be awarded with a trophy. Entries will open from 1pm and the wrestling will start at 1.30pm.