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CLINTON, Iowa — Keaton Zeimet has lofty goals. He's not afraid to declare them publicly.

"I want to go to the state tournament and win it," he said.

Based on how dominant the Central DeWitt freshman has been this season, it is realistic to see him vying for the top of the podium next month at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Zeimet pinned Class 3A fourth-ranked Grant Harbour of Norwalk in one minute Saturday afternoon to claim the 106-pound championship at the Bob Lueders Invitational inside Yourd Gymnasium.

Named the tournament's most outstanding underclassman wrestler, Zeimet (30-1) had three first-period falls and a 9-2 decision win over 3A fifth-ranked Bryce Parke of Linn-Mar in the semifinals.

"He's reaching levels, to be honest, I didn't see coming," Sabers coach Matt Ohnemus said. "Pinning the fourth-ranked guy in 3A in the finals is something I could not have predicted."

Zeimet was one of five local champions in the 24-team field.

Davenport Assumption's Matt Robertson (132) and Julien Broderson (182) captured titles along with Wilton's Trey Brisker (152) and Erie's Garrett Passmore (160).

Lisbon, led by three individual titles, edged Cedar Rapids Prairie for the team crown, 167-161.5. Assumption was fifth with 106.5.

Other than a loss to Belvidere North's Malakye Rodriguez at Sterling last month, Zeimet has been perfect. He has 20 pins among his 30 wins.

A state AAU champion and straight-A student, Zeimet has overpowered opponents with his strength.

"It has been a step up, but it has been fun going to the next level and getting more competition and different competition," Zeimet said. "I can trust in my training to get me through a match."

Zeimet stuffed Harbour's head and set up an inside cradle for the fall in the finals.

"No doubt about it, he's a state championship caliber kid," Ohnemus said, "but you've got to put it together as well. Nothing is handed to you."

Just two days ago, Robertson was on the wrong end of a 10-6 decision to Pleasant Valley's Eli Loyd in the teams' dual meet.

Robertson avenged that defeat with a 14-6 major decision. He put Loyd on his back three different times in the bout and never trailed.

"I've been in a little rut with my confidence for a couple weeks now," Robertson said. "I came out with a chip on my shoulder today and got things done."

Robertson knocked off two former Lueders champions in the tournament -- Loyd and Cedar Rapids Washington's Will Foreman in the semifinals. Both are ranked among the top five in 3A.

"I've been telling my coaches all along I'll get things figured out," Robertson said. "Today, it all fell into place."

Broderson (24-0) continued his dominant junior season with a technical fall and two pins to repeat as tournament champion.

After getting reversed by Western Dubuque's Devin Ludwig in the finals, Broderson immediately reversed him and eventually cradled him for the pin.

"It was more of a sense of urgency," Broderson said. "After getting reversed, in my head I was thinking, 'I've got to get out, I've got to get out.' It doesn't stop when you get out. That's when I really pick up the pace."

Brisker lost to Camanche's Baylor Crigger multiple times last season. This time, Brisker handed Crigger just his second loss of the winter, 8-5.

The turning point came early in the third period. Brisker reversed Crigger and put him to his back.

"My goal was to just get out," Brisker said. "I don't like being underneath him because he's really good on top and I've seen him tilt people like it is nobody's business."

It was Brisker's first Lueders title.

"Clinton is not state, but it is definitely something I wanted to get done," Brisker said.

Passmore, selected as the tournament's most outstanding upperclassman wrestler, beat Mount Vernon's Paul Ryan in the final, 14-6.

The Erie standout, undefeated in 39 matches this season, used four takedowns in the opening period to seize control.

"On my feet is my game," Passmore said. "That's where I live or die."

Passmore rode Ryan for the entire second period.

"You have to ride kids come February," Passmore said. "That was the mentality I was going to ride this kid, and I was able to get it done.

"I didn't wrestle the greatest up until that finals match. The coaches told me the finals is where I could clean it up. I was pretty happy with this one."


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Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.