The banner listing Michigan’s wrestling All-Americans hangs on the south end of the team’s practice room. Every day, the wrestlers see the names of all the wrestlers that have come through the door and gone on to achieve greatness.

But when fifth-year senior Tyrel Todd walks in, he sees a familiar name: his ― twice.

And this upcoming weekend, Todd has a chance to join one more of the most distinguished clubs in Michigan wrestling history, the 100-win club.

“It was a goal coming in as a freshman,” Todd said. “I wanted to have 100 varsity wins for Michigan. …Honestly, though, I’m not thinking about that, it’s just something that comes with the hard work, it comes with the preparation and the mental preparation and just the whole experience.”

Todd heads into this weekend’s Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas just two wins shy of the century mark. He looks to join former Wolverines Josh Churella, Eric Tannenbaum, and current assistant coach and 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat, among other program greats.

“He joins an elite group of Michigan alums who are up on that board,” Wolverine coach Joe McFarland said. “I think it is exciting for him. I know he is probably not going to make a big deal about it, but I think it says a lot about the kind of competitor he is.”

Todd will go for his 100th win in a brand-new weight class. This weekend’s tournament is Todd’s first in 197 pounds, moved up from 184 pounds in the offseason. Both he and McFarland agreed the move was necessary because of the strength he gained over the summer.

But the weight gain will not stop the senior from continuing his illustrious career. Todd earned All-America honors in 2007 and 2008 and finished third at the NCAA Championships last year, illustrating his dominance as a wrestler.

Along with all of his other accomplishments, the Bozeman, Mont., native will get to realize one more dream this year — wrestling back in his hometown. The Wolverines have a “home” dual meet against Oregon State, Jan. 2, in Bozeman to promote the reestablishment of Montana State’s wrestling program. In a state with almost 10,000 fans at its high school state tournament, the meet is a big deal to Montana natives, who are billing it as the greatest wrestling event ever to come to Montana.

“I’m jacked about it,” Todd said. “It’s a dream come true, it really is. Coming all the way across the country, you never think you’ll be able to wrestle again in your home town…there’s going to be a lot of people out to watch the dual.”

The return home is a fitting reward for the two-year co-captain. The position is especially important this year, because most of the starters are underclassmen.

“He leads by example, there’s no question about it,” McFarland said. “But he can be vocal, too, at times and that’s been great. He was one of our captains last year because the coaching staff felt he was one of those guys who wasn’t afraid to get vocal when he needed to and let the guys know, ‘hey, this is how we do things and this is the way we do things here.’”

Todd is looking to continue his wrestling career well after his stint with the Maize and Blue is done.

“My goal is to be a world champion and eventually an Olympic champion in 2012,” Todd said. “Next year I’m going to be at Michigan for sure…training full time for freestyle and then we’ll see where that leads me, hopefully, eventually, to the gold medal in 2012.”

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