Great grappling in store this weekend

Jack Lawley
Jack Lawley

A BUSY time is expected for Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestlin Club’s coaches this weekend as they are hosting the English Junior Championships at the Alfreton Leisure Centre.

Not only will they be having to coach, corner and steer their own wrestlers to the titles, they will also be running the prestigious competition, as well as being hosts to well over 200 wrestlers from 30 clubs travelling to the venue from all over the UK and Ireland.

With three mats running from 10am, there will be non-stop freestyle wrestling for around seven hours from the country’s top clubs and with Middleton and Wirksworth Freestle Wrestling Club having a great reputation in the competition to preserve, it will be flat out from the likes of Katy Colebourne and Jack Lawley, who will be seeking out his seventh title in nine years.

In addition, his sister Abbi and Raina Cooper will be going for gold, looking to go one better than last year’s silver medals.

With some of the younger wrestlers, there is bound to be some disappointment with many being placed in the same weight category, but with bitter sibling rivalry from the two pairs of Phillips, Walkers and Brows and a trio of Doxeys, there’s enough to spice up any event with another handful of wrestlers pulling on the club’s colours and doing themselves and the club proud at the year’s top national competition.

Admission is free to all spectators wanting to witness what promises to be a great day from the oldest form of full contact sport.