WOOD RIVER JCT. — Two Chariho High wrestlers earned their 100th career wins as the Chargers downed Cumberland, 46-27, in a Division I-A wrestling match Wednesday night.
Senior Cam Anderson pinned his opponent in 3:31 at 182 pounds, while junior Kyle Merritt prevailed at 138 pounds in just 45 seconds for their 100th wins.
"To get two on the same night has not happened in the last 28 years," said longtime Chariho coach Scott Merritt, Kyle's father. "It was a great night. Cumberland is a perennial power, but we still have a lot of climbing to do."
Nate Marchione (195) and Mike Phelps (285) had two of the biggest wins of the night.
Marchione defeated Cumberland's Kareem Sangare, 11-4. Sangare finished second in the state last season at 195.
"That was a big win for Nate. He did an amazing job over the summer of getting stronger and putting on weight. We knew we had Cam , but we needed Nate to move up [a weight class] if we wanted to compete for the state title," coach Merritt said.
Phelps pinned Robert Hancock in 2:31. Phelps was leading 2-0 when he earned the pin. Hancock was the state champion last season at 220 pounds.
Coach Merritt said Zachary Jesuino had a quality win at 132 pounds, 12-4.
Chariho (4-0, 2-0) lost the first four bouts, but came back in the middle and upper weight classes to earn the win.
Dominic Bonnano (152, 2:54), James Dougherty (160, 4:35) and Ben Dougherty (170, :14) all won by pins.
Devin Shaw won his bout, 6-5, at 220 pounds earning the winning point in the final few seconds.
Chariho travels to Pilgrim on Thursday at 7 p.m.
— Keith Kimberlin