Tyrone was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1971, and graduated from Oregon City High School in 1989. His interest in wrestling began in elementary school, continued through high school, and was his sport of choice. It provided the means for him to express his determination, grit, athletic strength, and loyalty to a team. It was also an influence academically, keeping him focused on the goal of graduating. He was passionate about the sport and completely immersed himself in it. In 1988 as a junior, he placed third in the Three Rivers District League, and in 1989, as a senior, he stood on the podium in fifth place as an OSAA state champion, having lost two of his matches by only one point.
Upon graduating from high school, he had received a partial wrestling scholarship to attend Clackamas Community College. But Tyrone’s adventurous nature led him down a different path. Instead of pursuing higher education, he chose to spend time as a ski lift operator at Mt. Hood Meadows. Then, at the strong urging of his mother, in April of 1990 he enlisted in the Navy. As a Special Operation Combat Medic, he served on SEAL Teams 1, 3, and 5 and also spent two years on the Navy’s Leap Frog team. In the latter years of his 20 year service, he was a BUD/s instructor training future SEALs and also became a certified registered nurse in California. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he earned the Bronze Star, as well as many other awards and medals, and retired in April, 2010, after 20 years of valiant and honorable service.
In April, 2013, at its annual banquet, the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame posthumously awarded him the Medal of Courage for his heroic efforts in saving American lives in Benghazi, Libya. He is currently in contention for the Outstanding American award and induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Tyrone found success on the mat because of his winning attitude to never give up — which he carried with him during his long career as a US Navy SEAL. TSWWF seeks to emphasize the characteristics that he exhibited, all which helped him personally and professionally during his life’s journey. By shining a light on building good character and academic accomplishments as well as a healthy competitive spirit, TSWWF seeks to inspire these young athletes to achieve success in their own lives.