The wrestling career of North Andover’s Danielle Coughlin will apparently be over in a couple of weeks.
The record-setting Coughlin, who won over 100 matches and this year became the first girl in Massachusetts history to win an individual state title and was featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd,” has decided not to wrestle in college.
Coughlin, who was 30-6 this year and also became the first girl to win a match at New England, was contacted by several schools with women’s programs but she decided they were not for her.
“They’re all too far away,” said Coughlin. “I went to visit Lock Haven (Pa.) to visit, but I didn’t like it. I think I just wanted to stay closer to home.”
Instead, Coughlin will be attending Endicott College with a likely major in education. With that in mind, she’s giving consideration to coaching wrestling in the future.
In the meantime, Coughlin has one more competition remaining. For the second year in a row, she’ll be competing at the Fargo girls freestyle nationals July 13-20. It’ll be her second appearance at the North Dakota event.
“I was one match away from placing last year and I’d really like to be an All-American (top eight),” she said. “That’d be a great way to end it.
“Freestyle rules are definitely different but the rules have changed and are more like folkstyle, and I feel more prepared.”
Coughlin has been working out with the Doughboy club out of Lowell in preparation for Fargo.
Smitty’s still rules
The roster keeps changing, but Smitty’s Barn continues to dominate the competition.
Since the high school season has ended, Smitty’s has:
Captured the Spring Duals by blasting Doughboys in the semifinals and defeating Central Jersey in the finals
Won the Gate City Duals by beating Doughboys in the finals
Placed first at the Mount Anthony Duals, defeating the host team in the finals.
After his youth team dominated at the Cape Cod Duals over the weekend, Smitty’s is scaling back on the tournament front and hosting a couple of camps while gearing for the fall.
Head coach Matt Smith calls his youth group the best one he’s ever had. This summer, he’s working with about 85 wrestlers between the youth and high school groups.
“We don’t have the crazy numbers we had a couple of years ago, but the quality is outstanding,” he said.
In other news, Smitty’s is strongly considering a move to a larger facility, perhaps in Hampstead and possibly as early as the fall.
One of the few members of Smitty’s Barn to wrestle in the Bay State Games last week had an outstanding tournament.
Casey Broadhurst of Plaistow, who is a seventh grader at the Timberlane Middle School, won his weight class in the youth division for the second straight year. He breezed to the title at 105 this time, recording two pins and an 8-0 decision in the finals.
Lacroix to Roger Williams University
Central Catholic standout Pat Lacroix has decided to join the swelling ranks at Roger Williams University instead of heading to WPI. He will join an impressive recruiting class that includes Dracut’s Jimmy Ryan, Tyngsboro’s Al Golner and Burlington’s Luke Nigro.
Lacroix was an impressive 54-4 at 126 pounds last year, finishing second in New England to Methuen’s Christian Monserrat, and set a school record with 180 career wins.
Staying close Owls
It’s too soon to state for sure that they’ll all be competing in college, but Pat Lacroix could be vying against three Timberlane wrestlers, who placed at New Englands. Adam Corey is headed to Plymouth State, Josh Burnham to Rhode Island College and Harry Denoncourt opted for Bridgewater State.