Tyler Caldwell had quite the journey to the University World Championships in Pecs, Hungary. He graduated from Goddard to wrestle at Oklahoma and after two years went to Oklahoma State and took an Olympic redshirt.
Caldwell won two matches to make it to the finals where Russia’s Shamil-Imam Osmanov was waiting for him. The Goddard native won the World Championship by a score of 3-2.
His first win came over Robert Olle of Solvakia 10-2 and then Shawn Daye-Finley of Cananda 7-0.
Caldwell’s father, Ty, could not have been happier for his son.
“I had tears in my eyes,” Ty said. “It was just great. He’s worked so hard and come so close in all the major tournaments. He’s right there. He’s been beat by the best of the best.”
Tyler is a four-time collegiate All-American and compiled a jaw-dropping 150-4 overall record at Goddard High School that included four state championships under Brett Means and Tim Fisher. He won the Big 12 title at 165 pounds and has never finished lower than fifth at the NCAA tournament.
He compiled a 35-5 record in 2012-13 at Oklahoma State and 17 of those wins came against ranked opponents.
“He was just so close to getting the national title,” Ty said. “He wanted it so bad. He was so heartbroken over not getting it, but I think he made up for it today.”
Tyler is attending graduate school at Oklahoma State.