COVENTRY — Ben Dougherty tied the Chariho High school record for fastest pin as the Chargers wrapped up the wrestling regular season by going 2-0-1 in a tri-meet on Thursday.

The Chargers defeated Cranston West, 54-30, and Toll Gate, 47-33. They tied with Coventry, 45-all.

Dougherty, at 170 pounds, and Kyle Merritt (138) each went 3-0 with three pins.

Dougherty pinned his Toll Gate opponent in seven seconds to equal the school mark for quickest pin. Scott Merritt, the team's coach, achieved the feat in 1986, and Kyle Merritt, his son, did it last season.

"We knew in the Coventry match we went in a little banged up," said Scott Merritt, adding that standout 152-pounder Dominic Bonanno was sick and missed the tri-meet. "They have a bunch of state contenders in the lower weight classes so I guess we gotta be happy coming out with a 42-42 tie."

Chariho improved to 22-3 overall and 12-2 in Division I as it girds for the postseason.

The Chargers will compete in the freshman and JV state meet on Saturday at Coventry, and the state meet follows on Feb. 22 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.

— Ken Sorensen

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