Tyron Woodley (pronounced TIE-run) is back for his senior year and in the hunt for his first NCAA Championship title. A 2003 All-American and Big 12 Champion, Woodley will lead the Missouri lineup for the fourth consecutive year at 165 pounds. Woodley enters the campaign ranked eighth in the Intermat preseason poll.
"Tyron has tremendous talent and technique entering his senior year," Head Coach Brian Smith said. "Tyron and the coaching staff have only one goal for this season and it's a goal we all think Tyron can attain to cap off his successful Missouri campaign."
2003-04: Closing out the season with a 21-10 record, Woodley was one of three team captains and wrestled at 165 pounds. Woodley finished first at the Southern Scuffle on Dec. 29 and second at the Missouri Open on Nov. 23, winning eight of his season matches by major decision. Recording two falls on the year, the fastest coming in 5:20, Woodley was 8-1 on the season while wrestling in front of a home crowd. Traveling to Evanston, Ill., for the University Nationals on May 8, Woodley finished the all-day tournament in third place to bring home the bronze medal.
2002-03: One of three team captains, Woodley helped lead his team to its highest NCAA finish in 11 years and became one of two 2003 Missouri All-Americans after finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships in Kansas City, Mo. Woodley made Missouri wrestling history claiming Missouri's first Big 12 Conference Championship title since the inception of the conference in 1997. Woodley won the championship with a 5-1 tie-breaker victory over Nick Passolano (Iowa State), in the 165-pound weight class. Facing nine top-25 opponents, including seven top-ten wrestlers, Woodley went 12-4 against ranked opponents. The Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Central Missouri State Open, he was the champion at 165-pounds, Woodley finished second at the Missouri Open and third at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Woodley closed out the season as a team leader in major decisions (10) and among the nations leaders in his weight class in total wins (28).
2001-02: Woodley had an overall record of 21-12, (12-6 in duals), and made his first trip to the NCAA Championships as a freshman. Defeating two top-10 opponents during the season, Woodley racked up three wins over the course of two days; Dec. 7, Jeremy Maye (Indiana), 10-9, Dec. 8, Oscar Santiago (Purdue), 8-2, Jory Dick (Missouri Valley), 12-3. Woodley finished second at the Missouri Open on Nov. 18, later picking up a 6-2 decision over Nebraska's Tony Denke on Dec. 15. Woodley finished second at the Reno Tournament of Champions in the 165-pound weight class with a 3-1 record. Competing at the Cornell Duals on Feb. 23, Woodley picked up two wins over Buffalo's Dave Guarino and Cornell's Scott Roth. After finishing fourth at the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla., Woodley earned a bid to the NCAA Championships as one of the six wildcard selections voted on by the conference coaches. At the close of the season, Woodley was awarded the Marshall Esteppe Award as Missouri's Most Outstanding Freshman. Over the summer, Woodley was 3-2 at University Nationals and finished the day in fourth place.
2000-01: Wrestling in open competitions as a redshirt, Woodley was the champion of the 165-pound weight class in the freshman/sophomore division of the Missouri Open. The Ferguson, Mo., native finished second at the Lindenwood Open and the Glen Brand Open, fourth at the Roger Denker Open and fifth at the Central Missouri State Open. He had the most wins of all Tiger redshirt freshmen on the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Under the guidance of Head Coach Mike Rogers, Woodley was a Missouri State Champion in 2000 and runner-up in 1999, finishing third at the Freestyle Junior Nationals in 2000 and seventh in the Senior Nationals. Missouri's Most Outstanding 4A Wrestler, Woodley was the top scholar-athlete of McCluer High School and was named to the Academic All-America team.
PERSONAL: The son of Sylvester and Deborah Woodley, Tyron was born April 7, 1982, in St. Louis. One of nine children, Robin (25), Chass (26), Julie (24), Sharita (19), Andraya (16), Phillip (28), Sylvester (33) and Sydney (31), Woodley is a marketing major who plans to attend graduate school after finishing his collegiate wrestling career at Missouri.