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.
In 2009 Tyrone visited Oregon City High School and spoke to a global studies class taught by his former wrestling coach, Roger Rolen. As he stood before the class, he told them, "I'm in the US Navy, but I'm not going to talk to you about being in the Navy. I'm a US Navy SEAL, but I'm not going to talk to you about being a SEAL. What I am going to talk to you about is how Oregon City High School and being part of the wrestling team influenced me to become the man I am today."
With those words spoken by Tyrone himself, it was easy to make the decision that creating a wrestling nonprofit for high school students was the right thing to do. The members of the board felt assured that Tyrone would definitely approve of his name being used for the greater good of high school wrestlers and the sport of wrestling and that our mission would reflect the values he shared with that global studies class that day in 2009.
Some interesting statistics from Tyrone's senior year include his placing second in District and fifth (folkstyle) in State. He set two school escape records: career escapes - 51; season escapes - 25; and although not records, he had 37 takedowns and 50 reversals. Tyrone and Larry Oliver shared the "Most Inspirational Wrestler" award.