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Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club has competed in the Scottish Open Championships at Bellhouston Sports centre Glasgow.

With only three weeks’ notice the club only sent a squad of two but still aimed to have a good day.

First up in the 31kg weight group was Lewis Brown, who started off with the determination coaches have come to expect, with some brilliant leg attacks, taking total control to win his first fight with ease.

The second fight was a more challenging one but Lewis’s experience got him through to win without too much difficulty. With only one more fight left and gold in his sights, a charged Lewis wasted no time in an explosive first round which saw the Dales lad pin his opponent and bring gold home.

Next up was Shaun Thorpe in the 37kg group, and Shaun was all fired up to carry on with the club’s great start.

Attacking from the off, Shaun took the first points but with a very good opponent from Slough it proved a tough task to put him to bed early. However, as expected, Shaun battled hard with a few sleek moves but then pushed himself too far as he suffered a back injury in final seconds of the second round that put the brakes on his first place and he settled for silver for his efforts.

On even shorter notice was 16-year-old Jack Lawley, whose services were called on at the 11th hour from the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, where the first wrestling dinner gala was taking place. Needing a replacement in a higher weight group, Jack was expected to put a good show on for the audience, but after a few gentle moves the fight developed into a fully charged session equal to any Olympic bout.

The thrilled dinner guests were treated to a fantastic display of freestyle wrestling which ended with Jack picking his man up and literally throwing him off the stage.