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Dyson Kunz, the Art of the Pin

Central City senior, Dyson Kunz two pins shy of the Class C record
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 10:49 PM CST
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CENTRAL CITY, Neb. (KSNB) - The skill of pinning someone in wrestling is no small feat. In Central City, Dyson Kunz has turned pinning people not just into a skill but an art form.

“He’s just doesn’t have a mechanism in him that isn’t 100%,” Central City wrestling coach Darin Garfield said. “He doesn’t have that thought process that’s not full go all the time.”

That “full go” mindset has led Kunz to 156 pins, two shy of the Class C record.

“I just think it’s the most dominant thing you can do in wrestling,” Kunz said. “I fall into those positions a lot. I like to put the match away fast and I like to pin people. That’s been a staple of my wrestling, at least in high school. It’s really fun to do.”

It is not only the rate he is recording pins but how fast he is able to do it.

“I like to put on a show for the crowd and put on a show for my teammates,” Kunz said. “So, I just like to go out and pin somebody as fast as I can. I think it’s fun. I think it’s dominant. So, that’s what I like to go out and do. There is really no rhyme or reason to it.”

Kunz celebrated his 150th career win with a state title a year ago. He now sits at 196 and could celebrate his 200th in the championship match on Saturday.

“There is so many things that set Dyson apart from everybody,” Garfield said. “Number one starts with his work ethic. The dude absolutely brings it every single day and that is in season and out. There is no off-season for him.”

“You’re responsible for yourself out there and that’s what I really like about it,” Kunz said. “It’s the better man is going to win and that’s why I love wrestling.”

Kunz and the Bison head to Omaha Wednesday, Feb. 18. Central City is sending 10 wrestlers to state and is one of the favorites to win the Class C team title. It would be the schools first since 2013.

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