Tyrel Todd, a three-time NCAA All-American and the 2009 Big Ten Conference champion at 197 pounds while wrestling at Michigan, has been hired as an assistant wrestling coach at Cal Poly, co-head coaches John Azevedo and Mark Perry announced Monday.
“Bringing Tyrel Todd on board is a huge asset for our program in every way possible,” Perry said in a release. “Tyrel brings the type of passion and intensity we want out of our athletes and we look for it to rub off on them … We believe Tyrel will be a big part of Cal Poly’s success toward moving to the top of the national rankings.”
Todd placed third as a junior (2008), fourth as a senior (2009) and fifth as a sophomore (2007) at the NCAA championships and also was a championship qualifier as a freshman in 2006. He was a Cliff Keen Invitational champion at 184 pounds in 2007 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2006.
Todd’s career record at Michigan was 121-30, including a 54-11 mark in dual meets. He recorded 22 career falls, including 10 as a senior.
In addition to his Big Ten title in 2009, Todd placed second in 2008, third in 2007 and fifth in 2006. He posted a 25-3 record as a senior, 34-4 as a junior and 28-8 as a sophomore. In his junior season he put together a career-best and team-high 21-match winning streak.
Todd, a two-year team captain at Michigan, placed fourth at the 2008 Olympic Trials and fifth in the 2007 U.S. Open, both in freestyle at 84 kg (185 pounds).