Golds galore as wrestlers claim four national titles

Siblings James and Katy Colebourne were among the victors in Wolverhampton as Middleton and Wirksworth freestyle wrestling club members took honours at the English Junior Championships.

James claimed victory in the 47kg category, with his sister taking gold in the 58kg section as a hectic day involved over 250 competitors going for glory.

And the club gained two further gold medals in the form of Raina Cooper (65kg) and Brandon Harrison (48kg)

The unluckiest wrestler at the competition was 31 kg Lewis Brown, who won three out of four bouts which put him in a three-way tie for first place, but the officials then had a count back for pins and technical points and Lewis was awarded silver place which was harsh having beaten the winner whose coaches unanimously awarded the Derbyshire lad ‘Wrestler of the Competition.’

Another silver medal went to Harriette Phillips (40kg) after a tough final bout which saw her fight aggressively but ultimately pinned by a Northern Ireland champion.

Brother Thomas (29kg) had a fine day with three recognised winners all ending up in the same category which made for some great wrestling, but after several highly-charged bouts which saw Thomas pushed to produce some of the best wrestling of his career so far, it was not going to be his day on results and he took bronze but laid down a good platform for the rest of the year.

Shaun Thorpe (40kg) lost his opening bout which ruined his gold chances, and after accepting his coaches’ advice got stuck in and took the fight to the opposition and went further into the competition to take bronze.

Possibly the most unjust bronze medal went to 63kg Jack Lawley, when during his second bout, Jack attacked his opponent, picked him up and deposited him right off the mat.

But the referee awarded three points to Jack’s challenger, leading to a protest from the Middleton & Wirksworth corner and an admission from his opponent that the decision had been wrong.

But the decision bizarrely stood and ruined Jack’s chance of a seventh English title.

Poor refereeing also affected Mikey Bevan-Beirne’s chances of a podium finish, as in an extremely tough group he upped his game and put in improved performances and was unlucky to miss the podium with a fourth place finish.