Domentic Bonanno 100th win

Chariho High's Dominic Bonanno earns his 100th career win Saturday. | Photo courtesy of Scott Merritt

LEDYARD — Chariho High's Dominic Bonanno picked up his 100th career win as the Chargers wrestling team finished 4-0 at the Watkins Colonel Duels on Saturday at Ledyard High.

Bonanno earned his 100th victory with a 4-2 decision in his bout against New Canaan. He finished 3-1 on the day at 152 pounds. He also defeated Lyman Memorial's Ryan Powers, who is ranked No. 6 in Connecticut.

Chariho defeated Lyman Memorial/Windsor Tech, 51-27, New Canaan, 51-15, Branford, 54-21, and Ledyard, 39-30.

Ledyard is ranked No. 10 in Connecticut and is annually one of the top programs in the state.

Chariho's Kyle Merritt finished 3-1 at 138 pounds, including a 4-2 loss to New Canaan's Justin Mastroianni. Mastroianni won the freshman national championship last season at 132 pounds and was the New England runner-up at 126.

"They were tied 2-2 when Mastroianni got a takedown with 10 seconds left in the match," Chariho coach Scott Merritt said. "It looked like they were headed to overtime."

Merritt defeated Ledyard's Cole Dirico, 6-3. Coach Merritt said Dirico is ranked sixth in Connecticut.

Chariho's Ben Dougherty (170 pounds) picked up four wins with three pins and a forfeit to move to 26-4. Dougherty, the Rhode Island state champ last season at 160, had pins in 19, 16 and 49 seconds, respectively.

Wade Husing finished 4-0 at 106/113 with four pins. James Dougherty was 4-0 at 160 with three pins.

Cam Anderson finished 4-0 at 182, including a forfeit. Levi Barrington was 4-0 at 285.

Nate Marchione (195) and Devin Shaw (220) were both 4-0 with a pair of forfeits.

Chariho (14-2) next travels to South Kingstown on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. match. Ponaganset will also compete.

— Keith Kimberlin

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