Wed, Aug. 1, 2012 - [Wrestling]
Loras College Alum, Salvatore "Sammy" Fiorella recently became a 2012 Inductee into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials (IWCOA) Hall of Fame. Fiorella graduated from Loras in 1975 as a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts accounting major.
No one doubted Fiorella's dedication to his Loras wrestling team. As captain, he led his team by example, shown by his record of 101-6 (94%) achieved during his four years at Loras which earned him a spot in two National Tournaments. He became a two-time All-American, winning a national championship and recording his fastest pin in 11 seconds. Fiorella's attitude and achievements make his induction into another Hall of Fame not much of a surprise for those who know him. He was inducted into Loras' Hall of Fame in 1985.
He remains Loras' all-time leader in winning percentage at 94% for under head coach Pat Flanagan. Following his 1974-75 national title at Loras, he was invited to tour Japan and Korea with other collegiate national champions - where he went 6-2 on the international trip.
Fiorella was born in Chicago, IL to parents Sam and Rose, along with his brother and two sisters. He currently resides in Frankfort, Illinois with his wife, Noreen of 18 years. Together they have five children and six grandchildren.
Upon his graduation he became an IHSA Wrestling Official (circa 1976-1981). Fiorella became a coach when he started the wresting program at St. Bede in 1978. He attended DePaul University in 1986 where he received his MBA, specializing in finance. He is currently employed at SFIO Consulting, Inc. where he provides a wide array of regulatory consulting services to utility clients.
Fiorella has been part of a number of Board Committees, including the Mulliganeers Board of Directors, which is a benefit organization that has raised over $2 million dollars for children and families. Fiorella continues to excel and spread his motivation and skill.
Congratulations to Sam Fiorella, Loras College Class of 1975.