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Angel Escobedo returning to Indiana wrestling.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 09:53 pm

BLOOMINGTON – Angel Escobedo is coming home.

Specifically, Indiana’s former national wrestling champ is returning as the associate head coach to Duane Goldman.

Escobedo won the 2008 national title at 125 pounds, and was a four-time All-America and three-time Big Ten champ. He totaled 137 victories with 42 pins as a Hoosier.

Specifically he finshed first, third, fourth and fifth in NCAA tourney competition. In the Big Ten he took third as a freshman before winning titles in his final three seasons.
“I'm really excited to have Angel join our staff," Goldman said in a university release. "He's someone I recruited out of high school, and he had a career here that speaks for itself; but even more than that, he's a great person. I think he's someone who will be a great role model and example for our guys, and to have him come back says a lot about his affinity for the university and his desire to create success here."

Esobedo spent the last three years as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa State while he trained for international competition. His best finish came when he took fifth at the 2015 World Championships. While at Iowa State he worked closely with two-time All-American Earl Hall.
"I've always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to end up at Indiana," Escobedo said. "I always told [coach Goldman] that if he ever had an opportunity for me to reach out to me. When I got that call, my family and I were super excited about it."
In high school Escobedo was a four-time Indiana state champ and compiled a record of 223-1.

"He had arguably one of the most prolific high school careers in this state," Goldman said. "He could've gone anywhere he wanted out of high school ,but he chose to come here and represent his state. In doing that, he was a four-time All-American, a NCAA Champion, and a three-time Big Ten Champion. He went on to pursue an international career, but I think his heart has always been here."

Added Escobedo: “It's having that IU logo on your chest when you're wrestling. I wanted to put the state Indiana back on the map of collegiate wrestling and I've always wanted to make Indiana known for what it is: a great state for wrestling. Beyond that, Indiana University felt like family to me."


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