[L]ast Friday, 6th May, Penrith Town Council Mayor, Scott Jackson welcomed junior wrestlers, officials and supporters from Brittany, León, Austria, Hungary, Scotland, Iceland and England to the town, to compete in the European Espoirs Wrestling Championship, 2018.
The following day, 7th April, the Mayor opened the Championship event at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith.
Northumbrian piper, Nick Leeming led the parade of teams into the arena, where they lined up to swear the Breton wrestlers’ oath in their own languages.
Two days of wrestling in both Backhold and Gouren styles followed, keeping the audience well entertained. Brittany were the overall winners of the championships. However, England’s haul of medals consisted of 2 Golds, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze, which put the men’s team in 3rd place and ladies’ in 5th place overall.
Linda Scott, Chair of the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association Governing Board said: “It was a fabulous weekend and the Mayor’s involvement made it that bit more special. Our wrestling friends from various countries were impressed with the Civic Reception and felt very welcome in Penrith.”
Full results of the Championship are listed on the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association Facebook page.