Ben Dougherty

Chariho High's Ben Dougherty is a defending state champion for the Chargers. File photo, Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

Head coach: Scott Merritt (28th season). Assistant coach: Derek Adams

Last year: The Chargers were 23-2 and finished fifth at the state tournament.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors: Cam Anderson (182, captain), Levi Barrington (285), Ben Dougherty (170, captain), Tyler Dumas (132), Zach Jesuino (126), Mike Phelps (285), Clark Richmond (195), Colin Richmond (220), Jeremy Ryan (145), Devan Shaw (220, captain). Juniors: Domenic Bonanno (152, captain), Nate Marchione (195), Kyle Merritt (138, captain). Sophomores: Jackson Bridge (145), James Dougherty (160), Christian Fortune (113/120).

New to varsity:

Sophomores: Lance DelBonis (182), Ryan Falaredau (152). Freshmen: Mitchell Daniell (113), Michael Eilert (195), Luca Fabbricore (160), Gary Gardiner (195), Wade Husing (106), Luke Mead (170), Allie Nelson (145), Alex Nimiroski (170), Riley Thayer (120).

Outlook: Chariho returns possibly its deepest and most talented team in school history. The school’s first state title is the team’s primary goal.

Ben Dougherty won the state title last season at 160. Merritt won the state title as a freshman and looks to return to the top spot on the podium. Bonnano and James Dougherty will be in the running for titles after fourth-place finishes last year. Coach Merritt sees Marchione, Anderson and Phelps as dark horses at the state tournament. Shaw could also do well at the states.

Coach’s take: “I’ll be disappointed if we don’t [win the state championship]. We have the talent to do it. The guys have to come to practice and work hard every day.”