Wrestling: Chariho earns three more wins

Wrestling: Chariho earns three more wins

The Westerly Sun

EAST PROVIDENCE — Chariho High picked up three wrestling victories against South Kingstown, East Providence and Burrillville on Saturday.

The Chargers beat SK, 42-24, East Providence, 42-33 and Burrillville 67-3.

Cam Anderson earned three wins at 170 pounds including a 9-6 decision against South Kingstown’s Noah Ladas. Ladas is ranked No. 2 in the state in the weight class by the Rhode Island wrestling forum, which is held in high regard by coaches and wrestlers.

“That kid (Ladas) is ranked No. 2,” Chariho coach Scott Merritt said. “Cam lost to the No. 1 kid from La Salle. Cam has proven himself in that weight class.”

Chariho’s Devin Shaw finished 2-1 at 220 losing to South Kingstown’s Robert Marshall via a pin (4:41).

“Devin had a 2-1 lead and chose bottom for the third period. He sat out (trying for an escape or reversal) and the kid put him on his back. Devin beat him at South County (tournament). They have split with each other,” Merritt said.

James Dougherty finished 2-1 at 152, but Merritt was most impressed by his 6-4 loss against Burrillville’s Nicholas Gosselin

“James put himself down early with a freshman mistake, but battled back and threw Gosselin with a lateral drop in the final seconds, but he was out of bounds,” Merritt said. “He put himself in a position where he could have won in the final seconds.”

Kyle Merritt (126), Ben Dougherty (160) and Tommy Wrzesien (182) all finished 3-0 with three pins. One of Merritt’s pins was in 18 seconds. Dominic Bonanno (138, 145) was 3-0 with a pair of pins.

Tyler Dumas (132), Clark Richmond (195) and Michael Phelps were each 2-1. Christian Fortune (113), Luke Gillett (120) and Jackson Bridge (138) each won a match.

“South Kingstown is a solid D-I program, it’s always a battle with them. That is a nice solid win,” Merritt said.

Chariho returns to the mat Wednesday hosting defending state champion Cumberland at 6:30 p.m.

— Keith Kimberlin


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