Curran wins third straight middle school title

South Meadow School eighth grader Daniel Curran claimed his third consecutive middle school state wrestling title on Sunday. Curran needed to win three matches in order win his final middle school state championship.

As a top seed, Curran had a bye in the round of 16. Curran began his day by pinning Owen Clary of Milford just 1:27 into the quarterfinal match.

In his state semi-final match, Daniel Curran wrestled Dylan Hughes from Timberlane High School.

For the first 30 seconds of the match, both wrestlers circled around the mat, moving their feet quickly, sizing each other up. Hughes went for Curran’s feet and after the two went back and forth trying different combinations, Hughes scored the first two points of the match. These were the only two points that Curran had given up in both the regional and state meets combined.

Face to face once again, Curran used his upper body strength to pin Hughes to the mat, evening the match.

After a brief moment to catch his breath and a quick word with his coach, Curran got back to work, creating separation during the last 40 seconds of the match. Curran would win by a final score of 11-2, moving onto the state championship match.

Rickey DeBernardo of Milford would be Curran’s opponent for the championship match. The match turned out to be a hard fought, but one sided battle. DeBernardo had chances to put an end Curran’s string of three straight state championships, but in the end he could not capitalize on his opportunities.

Curran was almost pinned on his back during the last minute of the match, but would not be denied, using his superior strength and experience to turn DeBernardo over, putting an exclamation point on his victory.

Curran’s 8th-grade record now stands at 53-7. Curran’s next match will be the New England Championships, which take place the weekend of March 15 at North Andover High School in North Andover, Mass.

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