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Dlagnev Loses in Bronze Medal Match

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Saturday, Aug 11, 2012  |  Updated 11:30 PM CDT
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Tervel Dlagnev's former high school coach and those close to him in the Arlington wrestling community gathered to watch him in his Olympic debut.

Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News

Tervel Dlagnev's former high school coach and those close to him in the Arlington wrestling community gathered to watch him in his Olympic debut.

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Arlington High School graduate Tervel Dlagnev was one match away from a medal, but it just wasn't his day Saturday.

Doing battle in the men's 120kg freestyle wrestling, Dlagnev drew a bye in the first round, then opened the Olympics with a victory over Egypt's Eldesoky Shaban in the round of 16.

Dlagnev went on to beat Belarus' Aleksei Shemarov in the quarterfinals.

Dlagnev ran into trouble against two-time Olympic champion Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan in the semifinals.

The loss left him in a battle for the bronze with Iranian Komeil Ghasemi, unfortunately it just wasn't Dlagnev's day. Ghasemi took the bronze.

Dlagnev is a graduate of Arlington High School and his mother calls Benbrook home. His family moved to North Texas from Bulgaria when he was 4-years-old.

Dlagnev didn't start wrestling until his sophomore year. But by the time he graduated, he was one of the top wrestlers in Texas.

"From where he's come from to where he's at, he's done well, I mean he's done well this whole year, we're very proud of him," said Dlagnev's high school coach Henry Harmoney.

Now he can call himself an Olympian.

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