Wrestlers converge on Wirksworth for competition

Derbyshire Open Wrestling Championships at Wirksworth Leisure Centre, hosted by Middleton and Wirksworth Wrestling Club. Pictured in blue is Brandon Harrison (12) for Middleton and Wirksworth.
Derbyshire Open Wrestling Championships at Wirksworth Leisure Centre, hosted by Middleton and Wirksworth Wrestling Club. Pictured in blue is Brandon Harrison (12) for Middleton and Wirksworth.

Over 120 competitors from far and wide converged on Wirksworth on Saturday as Middleton & Wirksworth Wrestling Club hosted the Derbyshire Open Wrestling Championships.

The host club’s competitors were in fine form throughout the day.

After a long break, Charlie Pidcock had a great comeback, struggling in his first match but composing himself to end the day on a high by earning himself a silver medal.

Kane Hunt not only had a busy day being a referee but also competed and bagged himself a silver.

Georgia Ward, also making a comeback, had a rough time but still earned herself second place. There was another second for Harriette Phillips, showing great wrestling skills, whilst sibling Thomas struggled with a tough group and ended up in fourth having had to pull out of the comp with an injury.

Raina Cooper was up against a very experienced wrestler who was entered into two weight groups, but undeterred by this she gave it her all and ended up with silver.

Shaun Thorpe had a flawless day, taking apart his competitors one by one to earn himself his first ever gold medal on home turf and a unanimous choice by the coaches for wrestler of the competition.

Siblings Lewis and Laila Brown both had minor setbacks but came back strong to earn themselves a silver medal apiece, while Troy Hunt had a tough weight group but still came out of the day smiling in fourth place.

Isaac and Solomon Bennett both had to battle with nerves at the start of the day but overcoming this with words of encouragement came out fighting to earn themselves bronze medals.

The club’s other gold medalist was Daina Harrison who had a brilliant day on only her second competition, whilst brother Brandon and sister Shannon both earned theirselves bronze medals.

Club coach Dean Brown said: “Middleton and Wirksworth Wrestling Club would like to thank all that made our competition a great success.

“If it wasn’t for all our sponsors and volunteers it would not have been possible.”