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Overbey competes at nationals
Ceres' Keegan Overbey returned home unfulfilled last week from the 2008 Accelerade Cadet National Freestyle Wrestling Championships.

The soon-to-be Ceres High junior posted an 0-2 record in the 135-pound weight class.

"I expected to do a lot better," said Overbey, who represented Team California and the Ceres Hawks wrestling club in Fargo, North Dakota. "I was in shape and everything. It just didn't come together. I had a bad draw."

Keegan lost twice on Wednesday.

He dropped his first match via technical fall (6-0, 6-0) to Minnesota's Zach Rohr.

"I got off to a slow start," Overbey said. "I wasn't nervous."

Austin Legg of Oklahoma eliminated Keegan from the tournament (8-3, 2-0).

"He was an All-American," Overbey said. "I put up a good fight."

The Cadet Nationals were held at North Dakota State University's Fargodome, July 20-26. Participants received singlet uniforms, warm-ups and t-shirts.

Overbey and his teammates stayed in dorms during the week.

"It was pretty cool," he said.

California ended up placing fourth in a field of 35 in the standings. New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio finished first, second and third, respectively.

Keegan attended the final day of competition on Saturday.

"I got to watch every match," Overbey said. "It was amazing. There was so many good wrestlers. I'd like to do it again."

Keegan wants to be a competitor instead of a spectator next time.