Middleton and Wirksworth Wrestling Club made their annual tip to Belgium for the 38th Krubeke International Wrestling Competition last weekend.
The club took ten of its more experienced wrestlers and all delivered performances they could be proud of.
Laila Brown was entered in the 27kg Mini Minis category. Her heart and technique won through for her after a difficult first few bouts in which wins were only narrowly missed by the odd point, and eventually she claimed victory in her final bout to achieve a silver medal in her first international competition, as well as the coaches’ award of wrestler of the competition.
Thomas Philips (30kg) also claimed silver after battling through five bouts to face a Russian fighter in the final where he worked hard for every point.
Lewis Brown (33kg) claimed fourth place after battling through a big group and then suffering an injury in his final bout, but even then only narrowly losing out on points.
Shaun Thorpe (40kg) started well but his bouts got tougher and he too settled for a well-deserved fourth place finish.
Harriette Philips (40kg) had just one wrestle but showed she is a force to be reckoned with by winning it and claiming the club’s only gold medal of the competition.
James Colbourne finished fifth in his group, including a win against his first opponent, while, Brandon Harrison (47kg) came through a very tough group to take fourth place despite injury and illness.
Abbi Lawley (52kg) was put into the biggest group of the competition, meaning a reportage against a French wrestler where she gave nothing away without a battle, eventually ending up in seventh place.
British Senior champion Katy Colebourne (62kg) took a third place podium finish aftermoving up a weight and meeting some sizeable opponents, while Jack Lawley (74kg) also came up against tough opponents but worked hard to claim fourth spot.
As a club, Middleton and Wirksworth finished in 12th place out of the 35 clubs from across Europe that attended the event.