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Bulldog grapplers heading to Iowa for prestigious camp
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Plane tickets have already been purchased and deposits made.

Ceres High's Curtis Hulstine, Keegan Overbey, Brian Naylor and Wesley Schwieger will be heading to the Midwest next month to attend the Brands-Gable University of Iowa Wrestling Camp.

"It's not going to be easy," Bulldogs assistant coach Steve Festa said. "We let the kids know and they accepted the challenge. They want to be champions."

Directed by current University of Iowa coach Tom Brands and former Hawkeye coach Dan Gable, the training camp will run July 5-16.

Brands was a three-time NCAA champion. He also claimed gold at the Olympics and Worlds.

Gable was an Olympic and a World gold medalist as well. He won two NCAA championships. His overall collegiate record was 118-1.

Camp staff consists of former University of Iowa standout grapplers Terry Brands, Doug Schwab, Mike Zadick and Luke Eustice.

"They're going to be training with Olympic gold medalists and NCAA champions," Festa said. "They cover everything from A to Z. It's going to make them better wrestlers. They'll bring back what they learn to the team."

"It's the best camp in the nation," said Overbey, who will be housed at dorms on campus with his three Bulldog teammates. "They're going to show us every little thing they know. It's going to be great."

Hulstine posted a 40-8 record during his junior campaign at Ceres High. The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet qualifier (2-2 at 112 pounds) finished second at the Division IV and Valley Oak League championships. During the regular season, Curtis placed first at Bear Creek, Ceres High, Sheldon and Stagg, and fourth at the Big Valley Classic (Stockton) and Coast Classic (Scotts Valley) events.

Overbey won one of three matches at Masters, finished fifth at Divisionals (3-2) and took second in league while competing at 130 pounds.

Naylor (119 pounds) finished sixth at Divisionals and third in league. Schwieger (103 pounds) placed sixth at Divisionals and fourth in league.

Festa and Ceres High head coach Jon Nowicki will also receive instruction in Iowa. Nowicki and state champion wrestler Charlie Davis attended the camp when they competed for the Bulldogs.

Overbey, Hulstine, Naylor and Schwieger will be holding a car wash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 at Les Schwab Tire Center on Hatch Road. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Donations will also be accepted.

"We're trying to raise as much money as possible," said Festa, who can be contacted for further information at 918-5606. "Every dollar helps."