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Former Bulldog had a blast competing for Central College
Overbey wraps up his grappling career at Central Regionals
Keegan Overbey - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Keegan Overbey wrestled for the final time for Central College earlier this year in Dubuque, Iowa.

The 2010 Ceres High graduate compiled an 0-2 record in the 165-pound bracket at the NCAA Division-III Central Regional Championships, staged March 1 at Five Flags Center.

"I wish I would have done better as far as wins and losses," Overbey said when asked if he was satisfied with how he performed during his four-year career with Central College.

Overbey, 21, lost to eventual-champion Cole Welter of Wartburg and Loras College's Billy Wood.

Welter captured the NCAA Division-III crown on March 15.

Cole won three state titles in high school.

"It was fun to see how I compared to someone at that level," Overbey said. "I had a lot of respect for him."

Keegan compiled an 8-15 overall record this year.

He won two of three matches en route to a runner-up finish at the Central Invitational.

Overbey took fifth at the Knox College Wrestling Invitational. He posted a 5-2 record at 157 pounds.

Keegan pinned his final opponent with one second remaining in overtime.

"Seven matches in one day is pretty crazy," he said.

Central College had a 7-10 dual-meet record and finished ninth overall in the team standings at the Central Regional Championships this season.

Overbey moved to Pella, Iowa in 2010 to wrestle for Central College, which has a total student enrollment of 1,486.

"They're serious about their wrestling here," Keegan said. "It's definitely different than California. There's a bigger emphasis in the sport. There's a ridiculous amount of support. It's awesome."

Keegan, an exercise major, graduated in May.

Overbey's made the Dean's List the past three semesters. Keegan was recognized for maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Keegan will continue his education at Allen College in Waterloo.

He plans to enroll in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Overbey currently works 16 hours a week as a certified nursing assistant in the skilled-care unit at Pella Regional Health Center.

"I'm studying to be a nurse practitioner," he said.

A four-year starter at Ceres High, Keegan qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Championships twice (2009, 2010).

Keegan won twice at Masters, finished second at Divisionals (3-1) and placed third in the Valley Oak League as a senior. He played a major role while leading the Bulldogs to a 7-1 record during the conference dual-meet season. Ceres High took second and qualified for the Section Team Duals.

Overbey dedicated 10 years of his life to wrestling.

Jon Nowick and Steve Festa were Keegan's high-school coaches.

Oscar Peral worked with Overbey when he was a member of the Ceres Hawks Wrestling Club.

"They taught me the sport," Keegan said. "I've had a really good time doing it. Wrestling's provided a foundation for a lot of things I base my life on. It's given me a great work ethic. I miss it already."