Wrestlers get ready for Derbyshire Open

Katy Colebourne
Katy Colebourne

Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club’s mini wrestlers took the top honours at the Tryst Open in Scotland last weekend, warming up well for this weekend’s Derbyshire Open, to be staged at Wirksworth Leisure Centre.

It proved well worth the 600-mile round trip for the club to have the 21kg female podium lock out, with the only problem being which of the Derbyshire lasses took gold.

After a 11-hour-long day with some excellent wrestling north of the border, it was Grace Doxey who was the victor, pushing Laila Brown and Shannon Harrison into second and third respectively.

It is never an easy option to take any medals from the Scots in their own backyard but the job always seems harder when the categories never seem to have the same consistency as other parts of the UK. M&W officials feel the weights and age difference always favour our Celtic cousins.

This was never more evident than in the 44kg category, where Brandon Harrison, being at the lower end of the three-year allowance, faced a bridge too far, fought well but sadly it didn’t happen for the little ‘braveheart’.

It was a mixed day again for 40kg Shaun Thorpe.

He produced much more level-headed wrestling at the end of the day that was welcomed by his coaches, and the aim now is to get this style sorted for the start of the day.

With that addressed, the weight group will be his for the taking with no more bronzes like last weekend.

Returning to the competition scene after a four-month ligament injury was 56kg Katy Colebourne.

Although slightly out of match condition, she did herself justice in taking bronze in another mismatch draw.

In the 64kg, Jack Lawley dismissed all the rest in his group but the three-year age gap was again too much as he pushed his northern opponent all the way but had to settle for silver.

Slowly getting back to his previous form, a rejuvenated James Colebourne took silver after giving another solid day’s wrestling in the 35kg group.

Another pair of bronzes went to the club’s remaining female wrestlers.

Both Abbi Lawley 52kg and 33kg Harriette Phillips gave up their gold chances after slow starts, pulled it together and battled on to take the club’s tally higher.

With a full family supporting a trio of Hunts, it was older siblings Kane 52kg and 60kg Kyle who were up against it with more experienced lads in their weight including a couple of GB members.

Not overcome by this, they took to the mats and gave it their all with Kane taking fourth and Kyle third.

Not wanting to be outdone by his big brothers, a determined and smiling Troy dug in for a rewarding bronze.

With a total of nine in his weight group and five bouts ahead of him, 29kg Lewis Brown got on well with the job in hand, starting to adopt a more technical approach and listening more to his coaches advice.

He was cruising through the preliminaries to reach the semis, but then a split second lapse in the second round saw the young gun get picked up and dumped awkwardly to lose to a very worthy winner.

After a quick trip to the physio and a Mars bars for comfort, Lewis sprang back into action to take third and be named as coaches’ wrestler of the competition.

Now all thoughts turn to this Saturday (October 8) when the club hosts the annual Derbyshire Open, to be held at Wirksworth Leisure Centre.

Wrestling will commence around 11am with refreshments available and spectator admission is free.