Wrestlers grab chance to gain medals galore

Lewis Brown of the Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club (red) is pinned to the canvas by his opponent at the English Junior Championships tournament at Alfreton Leisure Centre.
Lewis Brown of the Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club (red) is pinned to the canvas by his opponent at the English Junior Championships tournament at Alfreton Leisure Centre.

Super siblings Thomas and Harriette Phillips showed the way with big performances in some gruelling finals as the Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club hosted the English Junior Championships at Alfreton Leisure Centre on Saturday.

Both looked rock steady all day as they took golds, along with fellow M&W wrestlers Rosie Thorpe and Megan Doxey.

After being entered into two categories, Abbi Lawley pulled off a great win to make it five titles for the club but, in the higher weight group, just lost out in the final to take silver.

It was the younger wrestlers who took all the spoils as the likes of Jack Lawley and Katy Colebourne had withdrawn through illness and injury.

Bringing home a bunch of silver medals with solid freestyle wrestling were Lewis Brown, who just failed to make it to top spot, Raina Cooper, digging deep into her reserves after a draining final, and Sophie Phillips, demonstrating great ground moves, and Max Walker, whose focused attitude earned him second place.

Some M&W wrestlers were unfortunate not to get higher than bronze, due to many of the club’s wrestlers being drawn in the same weight groups but this added to the in-club rivalry to produce excellent competition with Georgia Ward doing a sterling job, but not quite getting the better of a more experienced Abbi Lawley.

Also with bronze was Chelsea Stone, Kieran Robinson, who always gets better as the day unfolds, Eric Walker, his brother Rueban, and James Colebourne, who let his chance of gold slip in the morning session but took third in a more settled display in the afternoon.

Unlucky grapplers were club favourite Brandon Harrison, Shaun Thorpe and Thomas Champion, all of whom just missed out on a podium finish.

Still in his rookie year, Mikey Bervan-Beirne was named as wrestler of the day.