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February 22, 2013

North Andover girl first to win high school state wrestling title

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“She was key in all (three) of our (dual-meet) state titles,” said Cincotta. “As a freshman, she kept it close against Natick’s star and then she won her matches as a sophomore and junior. She had our only pin last year.”

Over the last several years, Coughlin, 18, has enjoyed many highlights on the mat, including winning a U.S. Girls Wrestling Association national title as a sophomore and being named the Outstanding Wrestler at the Methuen Tournament last year while winning her weight class.

But they all pale in comparison to what she accomplished Wednesday.

“This blows everything out of the water,” said Coughlin, who started wrestling with the North Andover Boosters team in the fifth grade. “It’s taken eight years to do it and to have it happen and help the team win, makes it even better.”

Coughlin doesn’t have much time to really cherish the moment just yet, however. She’s competing in the All-State Meet in Salem today and tomorrow and, if she places in the top six, she’ll advance to the New England Tournament March 1 and 2 in Providence.

And then there could be college wrestling. Several colleges offer wrestling as a varsity sport and one former area wrestler, Shannon Constantine, got a scholarship at King College in Tennessee, where she is now a senior.

“I hadn’t planned on wrestling in college,’’ Coughlin said, “but I haven’t ruled it out.’’

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