Curran breaks ConVal record

  • ConVal senior Dan Curran set the school record for career wrestling wins. Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com

  • Ethan Earle wrestles for ConVal at the Nor’Easter Invitational. Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, December 18, 2017 5:50PM

Apparently, the only thing capable of slowing down Dan Curran is Mother Nature, and even she eventually has to get out of the way.

The ConVal senior was set to break the school wrestling record at home last weekend, but snow forced cancellation of the Early Bird Meet. Instead, Curran notched his inevitable milestone on the road at Hollis-Brookline on Wednesday night.

Curran, who can wrestle at 170 or 182, was forced to wrestle up in the 195-lb. class, but still beat his Cavalier opponent for his 119th career win. The previous ConVal record was 118 by Adam Smullen, set in 2014.

Although the previous record was set just three years ago, ConVal coach Brian Whittemore predicts that Curran’s will stand for years to come.

“I think it’s going to last for a while, I really do,” Whittemore said, adding that Curran was likely to finish his career with 140-150 wins.

Curran won four more matches at the Nor’Easter Invitational on Saturday to move his mark up to 123.

Whittemore said Curran’s success is due to his “hard work and dedication.”

“He’s always in the weight room,” Whittemore said. “He is naturally strong, too, that doesn't hurt, but he does more than any other athlete would do...If I had half a dozen of him, I wouldn't have to do anything.”

At Hollis-Brookline, ConVal’s Matt Kimball also picked up a win, a 7-2 decision. Kimball then went 3-2 at the Nor’Easter Invitational, finishing in the consi semis.

Kenny Conway also went 3-2 on the day.

The Cougars wrestle next on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Windham.