April 07, 1969 - Present
Steve Cherella first found the wrestling mat in 1984 as a sophomore at Walpole High School. From the start, he fell in love with wrestling, always working to improve both his physical and mental game by continually studying the sport.
After concluding his high school career in 1988, Steve joined the Walpole coaching staff as an assistant. During his four years at Walpole, he helped grow the wrestling program and developed a voice that high school aged kids trusted in their corner. In 1992 Steve became the head coach at King Philip Regional High School, where he continued to coach until 1998. During his time at Walpole and King Philip, Steve coached 12 sectional champions as well as 4 state champions.
Although he stepped away from coaching in 1998, Steve still wanted to stay involved and continue to give back to the sport. Consequently, he became a wrestling official with the MIWOA and it was at that moment his career in the sport took off. It was his work ethic that was most impressive and that’s what helped him quickly become one of the best wrestling officials Massachusetts has ever seen. To Steve it matters that things are right and he works diligently to do things correctly. Although considered to be a top-tier official, his status never prevents him from seeking to know more and sharpen his skills.
His performance as an official grew fast and it showed in 2006 when he was named the MIWOA Official of the Year. Steve was often sought after to be the head official for many of the state’s largest tournaments including all postseason events (Sectionals, Divisional States, All States). His reputation as an official expanded outside of Massachusetts where he was picked to officiate the High School New England and Prep New England tournaments multiple times. In addition, Steve was picked to officiate 8 different high school national tournaments.
Always understanding the big picture, Steve remains a calming influence on wrestlers, coaches, and parents especially in high stakes situations. His positive and enthusiastic approach enhances every event with which he is involved.
In conclusion, Steve Cherella has contributed significantly to Massachusetts wrestling through his work as an official. He is respected for his commitment, professionalism, and fairness. It is fitting that he is now being honored with the Lifetime Service Award by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Lifetime Service to Wrestling