Griffith’s Escobedo 5th in World Championships
September 16, 2013 – BUDAPEST, Hungary – Angel Escobedo gave a determined effort, but came up just short of winning a medal at the World Wrestling Championships.
Turkey’s Sezer Akgul shot in on a leg attack and finished for a second-period takedown en route to edging Escobedo 2-1 in their bronze-medal freestyle match on Monday night at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena.
Escobedo led 1-0 after scoring a first-period passivity point against Akgul, a 2009 World silver medalist. But Akgul came back with a two-point takedown with 1 minute, 30 seconds left in the second period to prevail at 55 kg/121 lbs.
Escobedo tried valiantly to get to Akgul’s legs in the closing minute, but was unable to score against the Turk’s strong defense.
Escobedo, a past NCAA champion, placed fifth in his first World Championships.
“I thought I wrestled decently, but this is obviously not what I wanted,” Escobedo said. “I wanted to win a gold medal. I’ve made improvements and I’m going in the right direction. I want to come back and win a World title next year.”
Escobedo dominated France’s Zoheir El Ouarraqe 8-2 in the repechage to reach the bronze-medal match.
Escoedo came out strong in scoring two first-period takedowns and one takedown in the second to defeat Romania’s Andre Dukov in the first round on Monday.
Escobedo followed with a quick 8-0 technical fall over Hungary’s Robert Kardos in the second round. Escobedo scored a takedown before hitting a succession of gut wrenches to finish the match in just over a minute.
Escobedo was unable to generate any offense in a 6-0 loss to India’s Amit Kumar in the quarterfinals. Escobedo was pulled back in for the repechage when Kumar advanced to the finals.