Angel Escobedo (Photo/Larry Slater)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 kilos/121 pounds.
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.
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Big thanks to everyone supporting me. Just want to thank God for this opportunity, not what I wanted but I will be back for gold.— Angel Escobedo (@driven2dominate) September 16, 2013