WOOD RIVER JCT. — Five Chariho High wrestlers picked up two wins each as the Chargers split a Division I tri-meet Wednesday night.

Chariho defeated La Salle Academy, 52-21, but lost to Ponaganset, the defending state and New England champion, 40-36.

Kyle Merritt (138 pounds), Dominic Bonanno (152), James Dougherty (160), Ben Dougherty (170) and Mike Phelps (285) each finished 2-0. Merritt, Bonanno, Ben Dougherty and Phelps each had two pins.

Ben Dougherty, who won the state title last season at 160 pounds, defeated La Salle's Leonard Breit by pinning him in 1:22.

"Breit is No. 2 in the state and Ben dominated from start to finish," Chariho coach Scott Merritt said.

Cam Anderson (182), Nate Marchione (195), Devin Shaw (220) and Wade Husing (106) each finished 1-1.

Anderson lost to La Salle's Greg Grigorian, 5-2.

"[Grigorian] is also ranked No. 2. It was 2-2 in the second period, and Cam had a beautiful double [takedown], but Grigorian was able to counter with a move they call the funk and get the takedown," Merritt said. "That was a game changer."

Marchione lost to Ponaganset's Tyler Riggs, 11-9. Riggs is the defending state champion and finished third at New Englands last season.

"It was 4-4 at the end of the first period and Nate had him on his back," coach Merritt said. "The match was a lot more back and forth than I thought it would be. To lose 11-9, that was a moral victory."

Ponaganset improved to 4-1 overall and in Division I. La Salle dropped to 4-9, 4-9.

Chariho (17-3, 8-2) next travels to Cranston East on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match.

— Keith Kimberlin

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