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Daniel Salazar wasn’t sure he was going to be able to wrestle this year, but when the NCAA granted him a medical redshirt for his freshman season, the Colorado Mesa senior went to work. Salazar, a Palisade High School graduate, will get a second chance to add his first national title if he wrestles well enough in this weekend’s regional to qualify for nationals.

Blue-collar Maverick

Hard work the hallmark of wrestling career for Colorado Mesa’s Salazar

Daniel Salazar is a wrestler.
Has been ever since he can remember. And since he was 4 years old, wrestling in the Little Warriors pee-wee program, there’s been one constant.
“My dad’s told me this since I was a little kid, as long as you work harder than everyone else, not much can beat you,” said the 22-year-old fifth-year senior for the Colorado Mesa wrestling team. “Harder, faster, stronger is what he used to tell me when he was in my corner.”


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