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January 8, 2012

North Andover's Coughlin now among the elite of her class

North Andover junior Danielle Coughlin is a big proponent of the MIAA's addition of girls wrestling, starting in the spring of 2013.

She just doesn't want to be part of it.

"I think it's a good thing," said Coughlin, the Knights' talented 106-pounder. "I know a lot of girls have some interest in wrestling, but they don't want to wrestle boys so they don't come out. This will help.

"For me, I'd rather wrestle the boys. The girls will be wrestling freestyle (type of wrestling), which I don't like, and it's more of a challenge against the boys."

Coughlin has certainly been up to the challenge thus far. She entered the weekend 9-2 with six pins and last month she won her first tournament crown, pinning Randolph's Timmy Hoang in the finals after getting two previous pins. She is currently the first-ever girl to lead her weight class in the Eagle-Tribune's Kings of the Ring rankings.

Her lone setbacks coming into the weekend came in the finals of the Marshfield tournament, a 4-3 setback she feels she should have won, followed by a loss to Triton's Victor Ramirez, last year's Cape Ann League champion and Division 3 state runner-up

Ramirez is clearly one of the top wrestlers in the state, but Coughlin is still irked by her loss at Marshfield.

"I didn't have a good match — I messed up," she said. "I was getting a takedown on the side of the mat and I let up when I could have gotten it. Coach (Carl Cincotta) always says to wrestle until you hear the whistle and I didn't do it."

But Coughlin has done almost everything else right, including being surprisingly aggressive. She's tough to keep down and shows great tenacity when she's on the top position trying to keep her opponent down.

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