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Keegan Overbey's T-shirt is soaked. He just finished practicing for an hour with Ceres Hawks wrestling club teammate Christian Moore on July 11 at Central Valley High School.

"I need to get in better shape," Overbey said.

Keegan will represent California-USA Wrestling at the 2008 Accelerade Cadet National Freestyle Championships this week in North Dakota.

"The director remembered him from the state tournament and invited him," coach Oscar Peral said. "For him to have the opportunity to wrestle with the best kids is great. It's going to be a good experience. He'll do well."

Keegan will compete in the 135-pound cadet division (ages 15-16).

"It's going to be amazing," said Overbey, who attended a three-day California-USA Wrestling camp at San Jose State before heading to Fargo. "I'm going to win a couple of matches. Hopefully, I place. It's going to be hard because there's so many good wrestlers."

Keegan placed ninth in a field of 24 with a 2-2 record at the Cadet Freestyle State Championships in June.

He took first at tournaments in Modesto, Ripon, Stockton, Livingston, Atwater and Merced.

Overbey started wrestling in the eighth grade at Mae Hensley Jr. High School. A member of Ceres High's varsity program the past two seasons, Keegan finished fourth in the 125-pound division at the Valley Oak League championships as a sophomore in 2007 and sixth at the conference meet at 112 pounds as a freshman.

Keegan, a soon-to-be junior, has competed year-round for three years.

"My whole month of July has been pretty much wrestling," he said.

Overbey went to the University of Iowa Hawkeye Elite Camp, offered July 7-10 at Del Oro High School in Loomis. There were more than 100 participants. Mark Perry, Mark Ironside, Mike Zadick, Joe Johnston, Gabe Ruhkala and Alex Gruder provided instruction.

Perry, the reigning NCAA 165-pound champion and a three-time All-American, was the featured clinician.

"They were so fast," Keegan said.

Overbey will participate in the Hitchcock/Azevedo Advanced Technique Gold Wrestling Camp, Aug. 3-7, in Lake Tahoe.

"He's tried a lot of different sports but his heart is in wrestling," mother Kathy Clark said. "He really enjoys doing it. He's very motivated. I'm all for helping him in any way possible. He's a good kid."