Orion wrestlers thrash Titans under the sun

Mindy Carls
Orion’s Josh Fair, right, takes teammate Phillip Dochterman to the mat in an exhibition on Thursday, May 13, at the west end of Charger Field. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, wrestling went on the IHSA calendar as a summer sport. Orion made the most of the scheduling by hosting Monmouth-Roseville for an outdoor meet. After the varsity bouts ended, wrestlers had exhibition matches.
Wrestling is a summer sport during the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Thursday, May 13, Orion hosted Monmouth-Roseville for a varsity meet at the west end of Charger Field. In the 113-lb. bout, Charger Luke Moen drives his head into the ribs of Titan Lee Haley before pinning him in 54 seconds

A bright sunny Thursday afternoon at Charger Field proved to be perfect for Orion versus Monmouth-Roseville in wrestling.

Yes, wrestling. In order to fit the high-risk sport into the athletic calendar during the pandemic, the Illinois High School Association assigned wrestling to late spring.

So it was that on May 13, the Chargers rolled out the mats on the high jump pad at the west end of Charger Field.

Risers on three sides gave fans a close-up view of Orion thumping Monmouth-Roseville 48-4.

The action started at 160 lbs. with Orion’s Weston Ferry pinning Jay Raymond in 3:58.

Chargers Maddix Moninski (170), Josh Fair (195) and Phillip Dochterman (220) all won by forfeit to give the hosts a 24-0 lead.

At 106, Orion’s Luke Moen needed only 1:04 to pin Lee Haley.

Caden Wegerer won six points for Orion when he pinned 132-lb. Keigler Yoder in 1:38.

Monmouth-Roseville earned its only points with Ashton Anderson’s 11-1 major decision over Nolan Loete in the 154-lb. bout.

At 152 lbs., Noah Schnerre of Orion stuck Gabe Ortiz at 1:50.

152 — Noah Schnerre, Orion, pinned Gabe Ortiz, 1:50.