NORTH KINGSTOWN — Chariho High needed pin in the final match to beat North Kingstown, and that's what the Chargers got.

Levi Barrington, wrestling at 285 pounds, pinned his opponent at 5:10 to lift Chariho over the Skippers, 37-36, in a Division I-A match Thursday.

The Chargers trailed 36-31 heading into the final bout of the night.

"We needed a tech fall to tie and a pin to win, and, unfortunately, North Kingstown knew it," Chariho coach Scott Merritt said. "And they were backing up and stalling and the referee wasn't calling it — the referee later apologized to me about it. But Levi was able to tie him up and take him down with a headlock, and pin him with 50 seconds to go."

Kyle Merritt (138 pounds), Dominic Bonnano (152), Cam Anderson (182) and Nate Marchione (195) each won via pin for Chariho (19-3, 10-2 Division I).

At 106, Chariho's Wade Husing won by major decision, 10-3, over Jack Schartner. The victory avenged a 12-2 loss to Schartner earlier this season.

"That's by far his biggest win of the season," Merritt said, adding that Schartner is ranked sixth in the state.

Ben Dougherty, at 170, also won by major decision, 14-0.

North Kingstown dropped to 7-3 overall and in the league.

Chariho next hosts Westerly, Lincoln and Exeter-West Greenwich on Saturday (10 a.m.) as it gears up for the state tournament, which is two weeks away.

— Ken Sorensen

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