Dillon Dunn will look to add the ultimate prize to a banner season this weekend in the Class 3-2-1A state tournament at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
Dunn’s senior season has brought out the best in him, with the WaKeeney-Trego 220-pounder taking a 41-1 record and a No. 1 ranking into the tournament.
Dunn said the success has put a target on his back, something he is embracing as he looks for his first state title.
“I know now I’m No. 1 and everybody’s shooting to knock me off,” Dunn said. “Hopefully the best comes out.”
A highlight for Dunn this season was his championship in the Bob Kuhn Prairie Classic. He picked up a 6-2 decision win over McPherson’s Mason Thrash.
“It was a huge tournament to win,” Dunn said.
He won the regional title in Norton last week with a decision win over Norton’s Judson Wiltfong in the final.
Dunn celebrated his 100th career victory earlier this season. His only blemish in his senior campaign was a loss to Hoisington’s Wyatt Pedigo, a two-time state champion who is ranked No. 1 at 195 pounds.
“There’s no shame in losing to someone like Wyatt Pedigo,” Dunn said.
The only thing missing from Dunn’s decorated career is a big-time showing at the state tournament. He placed sixth at state as a sophomore and did not place last year.
Dunn said points of improvements this year included repetition on shots and being more active on his feet.
“Staying true to my offense,” Dunn said when asked about keys to success this weekend. “Going out and giving it my all like it’s my last chance.”
Dunn said he spends a good amount of time scouting out possible opponents and will be prepared. He opens the tournament against Oskaloosa’s Chris King in the first round.
“I look pretty heavy into that,” Dunn said. “I would rather look into it than go in blind.”
The Class 3-2-1A state tournament begins Friday at 10 a.m.