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July 9, 2013

Coughlin eyes grand finale

College wrestling not in her plans for now

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

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