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REGION COLLEGIANS: Griffith’s Escobedo taking on the world

2013-09-15T18:00:00Z 2013-09-15T18:21:08Z REGION COLLEGIANS: Griffith’s Escobedo taking on the worldBrian Waddle Times Correspondent
September 15, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Good thing Angel Escobedo doesn’t take a day off from training. You never know when your phone might ring.

The former Griffith star wrestler and NCAA champion at Indiana will be competing in this week’s 2013 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Escobedo will represent the United States in freestyle at 55 kg (121 pounds). Obe Blanc, the top-ranked American freestyle wrestler at 55 kg, has withdrawn from issues stemming from a positive drug test at the U.S. World Team Trials on June 22.

“It’s been a long road, but I’m excited to show the world what I have,” Escobedo said. “I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity and represent my country to my full ability.

“I want the gold medal and that’s here to get. Since I was 9, I’ve always wanted to be the best wrestler in the world, and now I have my chance.”

Escobedo, a four-time state champion at Griffith, moves into the open spot since he was ranked second in the country at 55 kg.

You could say this Angel won’t be lonely in Hungary. He has over a dozen family and friends coming to watch – and others still trying to get flights out for this week’s competition.


Women’s cross country

IUPUI’s Rachel Zajac (Lake Central) was named the Summit League Cross Country Athlete of the Week after winning the individual title at the IPFW Invitational on Sept. 7.

Zajac, a senior, claimed her second straight conference honor. She becomes the first Jaguar runner to ever claim back-to-back weekly honors.


Benedictine University’s Ed Boncela (Griffith) begins his fourth season starting on the team’s offensive line. Boncela helped pave the way for over 200 yards rushing Saturday in the Eagles’ 36-10 victory over North Park University.

Greg Simms (Valparaiso) has 27 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Trent Altieri (Highland) and Ryan Johnston (Andrean) have two tackles each for Benedictine (1-1).

• Peter Fouts (Chesterton) and Denzel Wilkins (Homewood-Flossmoor) each had interceptions in Wabash’s 69-0 hammering of Hanover on Saturday.

• University of Indianapolis senior Joe Bell (Lowell) caught a touchdown, and redshirt freshman Derrick Bryant (Mount Carmel) had 12 tackles for the second straight game in the Greyhounds’ 51-20 victory over Saint Xavier. The Greyhounds, ranked No. 14 in the Division II poll, are coached by Andrean grad Bob Bartolomeo.


University of Indianapolis junior Kimberly Trojan (LaPorte) helped the Greyhounds sweep Wayne State and Gannon at UW-Parkside Tournament over the weekend.

• Wayne State’s Kelsey Bonewits (Griffith) has started all eight games and has 34 kills.

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