Super siblings Thomas and Harriette Phillips struck gold again as Middleton & Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club competed in the English Junior Championship at Bolton last weekend.
Both went through the early rounds pretty much trouble-free and took total control of their category finals with dominating form from the start, with their challengers never getting a look-in and the pair had things wrapped up and the titles in the bag by the end of the first round.
Things were looking strong for the Dales wrestlers with early victories in the knockout stages that put another four wrestlers in line for first place victories.
Abbi Lawley was involved in a storming battle, producing bags of determination with an old foe but she couldn’t quite make it stick and took silver.
M & W’s other female wrestler Katy Colebourne had a gruelling final. After being on her back foot in the first round, she was slowly turning things around in her favour but a threatening pin was too much as suspected shoulder damage forced her to spend the rest of the competition in Bolton General’s A & E.
With great expectations of stablemates Lewis Brown and Shaun Thorpe this should have been their year and they were unjustifiably punished after positive starts but, as seen in many a championship, the tiniest of mistakes are seized upon and turned into instant defeats in an otherwise perfect competition.
It was always going to be a difficult day at the office for Jack Lawley after choosing to fight in the higher age cadet category in preparation for the club’s annual competition in Belgium at the end of next month, giving away four years, the Wirksworth lad held his ground well and ruffled a few feathers on the way to a commendable bronze.
With more consistent results going James Colebourne and Troy Hunt’s way, they put in solid performances throughout the day and third places were a little unjust for the effort given.
Club favourite Brandon Harrison redeemed himself in his final wrestle of the day with a fantastic win and a massive cheer to take fourth place.
Also taking on the big boys in terms of experience was Kyle Hunt. Making great improvements in all aspects of wrestling, he is slowly staring to bridge the gap on the big hitters in the kg group and will be climbing higher up the rankings than his fifth place last weekend.
Also worthy of medals were coach Richard Phillips and Kane Hunt, who represented the club proudly with some first class refereeing and to, top the club’s recent highs, coach Trevor Hoskins’s commitments to British wrestling has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch.