Taylor Hodel hails from Dixon near Sacramento, California. He wrestled at Vacaville High School where he went 164-44, while placing 8th and a 3rd place finish at the California State High School Tournament. He has been part of state championship team in both High School and Junior College for the state of California. He was a state Champion in 2013 for Sacramento City College and helped lead that team to a state title. He came to Dickinson State University after attending Sacramento City College and was a national Qualifier in 2015 falling 1 match short of All-American status. In 2016 Taylor earned All-American status at 165 lbs. finishing 3rd at the NAIA National Tournament. He also earned All-Academic honors the same year.
“I’m excited to help assist a talented group of individuals work towards their goals, while coach Schlecht takes this team across the Midwest in search of another top tier team finish,” stated Hodel.
“Taylor is a great asset on and off the mat for the Blue Hawk wrestlers to look to for guidance and direction. Taylor’s experience and maturity will be a great helping tool for our middle and upper weights,” said Coach Schlecht.
Taylor graduated with a History Major and a Psychology minor, in the spring of 2017.