PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Midcoast’s three 2021-22 individual male high school state wrestling champions — Oceanside’s Gavin Ripley and Camden Hills’ Henry Pharris and Julian Henderson — tested their experience, mettle and impressive skills against New England’s best mat athletes on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.

And when the two-day event finished Henderson (120 pounds) had experienced the most success at the Council of New England Secondary Schools Principals’ Association wrestling championships with three wins in five matches, while Ripley (126) had a victory in three matches and Pharris (182) went 0-2.

Henderson turned in a tremendous performance as he pinned Adam Landstein, Sharon, Mass., at 5:11 (Henderson led 9-6 at the time); was pinned by Jacob Joyce, Glocester, R.I., at 0:35 (Henderson trailed 5-0 at time); won by major decision over Stone Farnsworth, Coventry, R.I., 11-1; pinned Phoenix  Gardella, Norwalk, Conn., at 4:25 (Henderson led 6-5 at time); and lost to Dante Distefano, Waltham, Mass., 7-2.

Ripley lost to Kyle Levesque, East Hampton, Conn., 8-6; pinned Ben St. Laurent, North Providence, R.I., at 1:42 (Ripley trailed 6-1 at time); and was pinned by Jayden D’Ambrosio, Reading, Mass, at 2:54 (the match was tied 3-3 at time).

Pharris lost to Timothy Goddard, Northborough, Mass, 11-5; and lost to Brandon D’Agostino, Lawrence, Mass, at 1:49 (Pharris trailed 5-0 at time).

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