157-pounder is 34th Boilermaker in program history to place at the tournament.
2009-2010 (JUNIOR, 157)
Posted a career-best record of 30-13, including his third career NCAA Championship qualification ... won the Eastern Michigan Open (11/7) with a 5-0 mark en route to Big Ten Wrestler of the Week honors (11/10) ... swept the Northwestern Duals (11/14) and Purdue Duals (12/20) ... captured eighth place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/4-5) and the Midlands Championships (12/29-30) ... went 6-2 in Big Ten Duals, earning the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, the Boilermakers' first No. 1 seed since 2004 ... placed second at the Big Ten Championships (3/6-7), earning an automatic bid to the national championships ... went 0-2 at the NCAA Championships (3/18) ... posted career highs in every statistical category, including 81 takedowns, good for sixth on the team.
2008-2009 (SOPHOMORE, 157)
Qualified for his second career NCAA Championship, finishing with a 16-14 season record ... went 1-2 at the Eastern Michigan Open (11/1), earning his first fall of the season ... tallied a pair of wins at the Boilermaker Challenge (11/15), including a 1:22 fall of Cumberland's James Casadban ... notched a 2-2 mark at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (12/5) with a pin and a major decision ... won five straight matches from Jan. 4-24, including an 11-3 over Penn State's Colby Pisani to open the Big Ten Duals ... placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships (3/7-8), earning an automatic bid to the national championships ... his three wins at the conference championships included a 12-10 upset of No. 18 Jason Johnstone of Ohio State and a 4-1 win over 13th-ranked Kurt Kinser of Indiana ... went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships (3/19-20), defeating 17th-ranked Chad Terry of Oklahoma (D 5-2) and No. 15 Kurt Kinser of Indiana (D 3-2).
Did not compete during second season at Purdue.
Note: Salazar missed the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons while serving on a religious mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
2004-2005 (FRESHMAN, 157)
Posted a 15-18 record in his first collegiate season, gaining a spot in the 2005 NCAA Championships ... was 3-13 vs. fellow NCAA qualifiers ... picked up a pair of falls at the Purdue Duals (12/19), sticking Adam Miller of Wabash (1:11) and Indianapolis' Mitch Napier (5:48) ... defeated NCAA qualifier Devin Mesanko of Columbia (1/8) by a 5-3 decision ... opened the Michigan State dual (2/11) with a dominating 23-7 technical fall over Justin Mora ... defeated Mike Kimberlin of Northwestern (6-1), Matt McCarty of Michigan State (8-3) and NCAA qualifier Nathan Galloway of Penn State (5-2) at the Big Ten Championships (3/5-6), finishing sixth ... bested Mesanka for the second time, opening the 2005 NCAA Championships (3/17-19) with a 6-1 decision over the Lion grappler.
Four-time letterwinner at Wasatch High School ... Region 10 champion and third-place finisher at the Utah state championships as a freshman ... Region 10 champion and second-place finisher at the Utah state championships as a sophomore ... named team MVP and became Region 10 and Utah state champion as a junior ... Region 10 and Utah state champion, and state outstanding wrestler as a senior ... finished in fourth place at the senior national championships ... lettered four years in football ... named second team all-state in football as a junior and first team all-state as a senior ... coached on the mat by Steve Sanderson and Wade Discher.
Born on April 21, 1986, in American Fork, Utah ... full name is Colton James Salazar ... son of Robert and Julie Salazar ... enjoys wakeboarding and playing the guitar ... majoring in aviation technology.