Medals won at competition tribute to club’s founder

A club dedicated its annual county competition in memory of its founder.

And fittingly all of the wrestlers at Middleton and Wirksworth Wrestling Club won medals at its Derbyshire Open.

Frank Morley, who died earlier this year, started the club in 1958 as Wirksworth Wrestling Club, showing friends a few wrestling moves at a weightlifting gym before buying old gym mats and hiring a room.

It joined the BWA, started competing and, in 1968, moved to its present home in Middleton, where Frank developed young wrestlers and helped make the club one of the most successful in the country.

At the county competition, Middleton and Wirksworth’s Lewis Brown and Shannon Harrison won gold; Harriette Phillips, Xara Thompson, Brandon Harrison and Jake Clark took silver; and Elizabeth Phillips, Oliver Shaw and Shaun Thorpe won bronze. Lewis Brown was the coaches’ wrestler of the competition.