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Escobedo finishes fifth at World Championships

9/16/2013
Craig Sesker, USA Wrestling

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Angel Escobedo gave a determined effort, but came up just short of winning a medal at the World Wrestling Championships.

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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