Wrestlers get to grips with success

Date: Friday 3rd January 2020

TWO young Cumberland and Westmorland wrestlers from Low Hesket returned with trophies from the Scottish Open backhold competition, held in Glasgow.

Fourteen-year-old Matty Hodgson took two first places and a third, and also received a trophy for the best under-15 performance, while Harvey Murray, aged 11, took a second place.

Matty, who is in Year 10 at Penrith’s Ullswater Community College, is a well established Cumberland and Westmorland style wrestler. Now in his seventh year of training at Low Hesket village hall, he is a devoted competitor throughout the grass season and has had several victories at the annual backhold championships in Brittany, France.

At the Scottish Open, he was first in the under-15, 10.5-stone category, first in the u-15 open, third in the u-21 11.5-stone competition, and received the award for the best performance in the u-15 class.

Harvey Murray, meanwhile, who is a Year 7 student at Caldew School, Dalston, is in only his second year of the sport. He has been a regular attendee at training, and has learned quickly. He has also been an avid competitor at shows and sports events throughout the summer and did exceptionally well to take second place in the u-15 open class at the Scottish Open.

Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling is open to all boys, girls, men and women. Training nights at Low Hesket village hall are held on Wednesdays from October to April — juniors from 7-45pm to 8-45pm and seniors from 8-45pm to 9-45pm. Everyone is welcome.