Cowboy Wrestling Program Signs Wyoming Standouts

Dec. 2, 1999


University of Wyoming headwrestling coach Steven Suder has announced the signings of ReynoldCandelaria, of Laramie High School in Laramie, Wyo., and Justin Salas,of Green River High School in Green River, Wyo., to national letters ofintent.

Candelaria was the Wyoming State Champion at 112-pounds in 1999 andfinished in third-place his freshman and sophomore years at 103-pounds.As a three-year starter, Candelaria has an overall record of 85-18entering his senior year at Laramie High School.

Also an excellent student, Candelaria has been an honor roll member.At UW, he intends to major in physical education, with hopes of becominga teacher and coach. For the Cowboys, he projected to wrestle in the125-pound weight class.

"This is home to me," said Candelaria. "All that I need and want isright here in Laramie, so why go anywhere else. I really liked thecoaches and the entire wrestling program. It is a different level ofwrestling, and I look forward to a new challenge."

Candelaria was also recruited by Stanford and Lehigh. He is the son ofDon and Toni Candelaria.

Salas has an overall record of 67-11 entering his senior season ofcompetition. He won the state championship as a sophomore at 140-poundsand placed second last year at 145. This season, Salas will wrestle at160-pounds for the Wolves. At Green River High School, Salas is coachedby former Cowboy wrestler Bill Hodges.

With an interest in becoming a teacher or counselor, Salas will studyeducation at UW. At the collegiate level Salas is projected to wrestleat either 157 or 165 for the Pokes.

"I wanted to stay in Wyoming," said Salas. "I like outdoor activitiesand Laramie has lots to offer. It is close to home and I'm comfortablehere."

Salas is the son of Bernard and Kellie Salas.

"It seems just right, very natural for these guys to be a part of thisteam," said Suder. "We've had the chance to watch these guys, we knowabout the programs they come from and the backgrounds they have. All ofthis adds up to a real excitement about what they?ll bring to Wyomingteam."