(ANDOVER, Mass.) — For the first time in Massachusetts high school wrestling history, a girl has won the individual state title.
Danielle Coughlin, a senior at North Andover High School and the captain of the varsity wrestling team, took the title in the 106-pound weight class at the state’s Division II tournament on Wednesday.
Now Coughlin and her team are competing in the all-state title competition. If she claims one of the top six spots, she’ll go on to compete in a larger, New England tournament.
“It’s amazing for her, the fact that she’s a girl,” Coughlin’s wrestling coach Carl Cincotta told ABC News. “But she’s just another wrestler to me.”
The United States Girls Wrestling Association said that Coughlin is the fourth girl to win a state championship in an all boys division. The other girls were Rachel Hale in 2011 of Bennington, Vt., Michaela Hutchison in 2006 of Anchorage, Alaska, and Hope Steffensen in 2010 of Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.
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