Becoming the Loyola wrestling program’s all-time leader in wins wasn’t on Sean Cloherty coming into his senior season, he said.
Once he got closer, the talk about it intensified. After he tied the record Dec. 16 at Glenbrook South’s invitational, Cloherty (pictured above) conceded a crazy thought crossed his mind.
“What if I don’t get it?” he said he told himself.
Of course, as long he was healthy, the odds were well in Cloherty’s favor that he would surpass the mark set by 2015 graduate Ryan Wosick, a junior wrestler at University of Pennsylvania.
After Tuesday’s Catholic League triangular at home against De La Salle and St. Laurence, the 145-pound Cloherty has 100 wins for his career. A four-year varsity wrestler, he’s 26-3 this season and 100-34 overall. He also owns the program record for career pins (70) as well as the single-season record for pins (26).
“It’s not something I was really thinking about at all, but it definitely feels good to have it,” Cloherty said.
Cloherty said he hopes to wrestle in college, but it won’t be easy. He plans on attending The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, on a Marine Corps Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship. The Citadel is a Division I wrestling program, and Cloherty’s likely route is as a walk-on.
Wrestling notwithstanding, Cloherty said receiving a military education is a goal of his. His father, Karl Cloherty, was a Marine. Karl’s brother, father and grandfather all were Marines, too.
“Everybody is really proud of me,” Sean said.
On Tuesday — a night that recognized six seniors — the Ramblers beat De La Salle 40-24 and St. Laurence 45-30. Seniors Quinn McCarthy, Arish Merchant and Cloherty all earned two victories.
The Ramblers wrestle at Marmion on Thursday before competing in a quadrangular Saturday at Maine West against Fenwick, Hersey and the host Warriors. The Catholic League meet is Jan. 19 at Mount Carmel.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola