Wrestlers impress to win medals galore

Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club
Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club

Middleton and Wirksworth Freestyle Wrestling Club travelled up to Scotland for the 2012 British Junior Championships last weekend.

The club was looking to carry on the good run of form from the Derbyshire Open two weeks ago as 12 of the more experienced wrestlers fought against the best in the country.

First up was Shaun Thorpe in the 40kg group, who set off in brilliant style by winning his first bout with a pin. He was in a very tough weight group but still finished in a very respectable fourth place.

Next up was Thomas Phillips in the 28kg class, hungry for the same success as he gained in the Derbyshire Open.

Thomas set off in great style, making it look very easy to get to the finals, where he unfortunately lost out to an old rival from Sharples Wrestling Club, earning him silver.

Teammates Katy Colebourne and Raina Cooper had a wrestle-off in the 63kg female final and, after two good rounds, Katy came out on top to gain her the British title.

Brandon Harrison had a brilliant day in the 47kg with textbook moves that earned him a very well-deserved silver and the wrestler of the completion award.

James Colebourne was the next gold medallist for the club, making light work of his opponents and showing signs of coming back to the true form his coaches know he is capable of.

Kyle Hunt 66kg had a hard day with eight very experienced wrestlers to compete against.

Not being fazed by this, Kyle went out and gave it his all, earning him fourth place overall

Next up was little brother Troy Hunt 24kg. After a rocky start to his first fight, that ended in a shock defeat, he went out for his second wrestle more composed and took his opponent apart with a very good pin, earning silver.

Lewis Brown 30kg was aiming to improve on his past British positions and set out as determined as ever, dominating his weight group and produced some classic moves to take his first British title and lengthen his unbeaten streak in Scottish competitions.

Both Harriette Phillips 41kg and Mikey Bevan-Bierne 35kg both had a tough day with some very hard bouts, each unfortunately losing out to a little bit more experience but earning themselves 3rd places.

Last up was 84kg Igor Eremeza, a new addition to the club.

Igor seemed in control throughout the day and comfortable with the techniques he has brought from his native Moldova, until he came up against a very tough Iranian opponent.

Igor just missed out and had to settle for silver.

Also matching the young guns’ performances and representing the club was referees Tony Phillips, Richard Phillips and Kane Hunt.