Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:13 AM
hack89 (35,617 posts)
First female high school state wrestling champion in Massachusetts
That didn’t matter to Danielle, a senior, who became the first girl to win a Massachusetts state wrestling title on Wednesday, securing a 5-3 victory over Winchester’s Jordan Darby in the Division 2 106-pound final.
“Honestly, it’s so overwhelming,” said Coughlin. “After I won, a guy in the stands actually turned to me and he said, ‘Smile, I have to send a picture to my daughter in Africa and tell her that in this country women can become anything.’ I actually started crying when he said that.
“I got a little teary-eyed when I won the state title and my mom was hugging me and I was thinking about my name on the board. But when this guy said that to me, I actually realized that was a little bit bigger than I had first thought.”
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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 11:42 AM
DreamGypsy (2,229 posts)
3. Maybe she was on top for most of the match....
...and there wasn't a good photo-op.
More likely that the photographers at the state match never expected her to win, so didn't take any pictures until their last chance, when the match was over.
Many congratulations, Danielle Coughlin, for breaking down another barrier.
And thanks to Larry Coughlin for helping his sister in her accomplishments.
Coughlin’s win not only made history for her, it also helped North Andover secure its fourth consecutive state title, besting Winchester by 9 points.
Winchester had entered the finals with a healthy lead, meaning North Andover needed a sweep by its five wrestlers to defend the title.
“It was not only a key win for herself, but if she lost her match, then we would have been down a considerable amount of points,” said North Andover coach Carl Cincotta.