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14 I The Lovell Chronicle I March 7, 2013 work in BY DAVID PECK He is currently the top wres- tler in Wyoming and is arguably one of the best in the history of Wyoming. But you'd never know it by talking to him. Humble and somewhat shy, Lovell senior Dino Collins is the only wrestler in Wyoming to go un- defeated for two straight seasons, der coaches Stan Hedges, Tim Jones,'Jerry Anderson and James Habeck and in high school under coaches Dane Mickelson and Dan- iel Robertson. "I just tried to do my best and work hard," Collins said when asked about his success. "It's a lot of hard work and working with my teammates and having good people to work with in the wres- tling room and coaches who take the time to teach me. "I definitely think that a coach can teach you good things. Coach (Jacob) Bassett and Coach Robertson have taught me a lot of great stuff." Asked about the legacy he will leave as he moves on, Collins gave a rather embarrassed smile and said, "Just hard work. It takes a lot of time and commitment and being open to new things and new ways of doing things." Asked to name the highlight of his career, Collins said it would have to be this year's Ron Thon, when undefeated Cheyenne East wrestler Tevis Bartlett moved down a weight class to challenge Collins and Collins pinned him for the title. "That felt pretty good," he said. "I knew that hard work and effort pays off, overcoming one of the most difficult things I've faced." winning the title a year ago with a 33-0 record, then racking up a 39-0 record this year, winning the 182-pound title each year. That's 72-0 over the last two years. He also went 31-15 as a freshman, placing fourth at 152 pounds, and 27-14 as a sophomore, placing fourth at 171, giving him a four- year record of 130-29. And not only has Collins been undefeated for two years, he won the all-class, best-of-the-best Ron Thon Memorial Tournament each season and received the outstand- ing wrestler award for the upper weights each time. At State this year he won all four matches by a pin and three of the four in the first period. Collins said he has been wres- tling since he was 6 years old, starting with the USA Wrestling program and learning from un- cles like Toby and Nathan Col- lins and Grandpa Glynn Collins. He excelled in middle school un- and two titles : or BYU. First, howeveri he will serve a ..... two-year mission for the Church BinoCollins of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then decide where his ath- "Dino can do both. If he wres- "He's incredibly humble," letic career will take him. tles a guy who's defensive, he can the coach said, "and that's half Whatever Collins does, he will out-defense him and wait for op- of what makes him special. Hesucceed because he is such a well- portunities. He's never out of po- knows how good he is but he'll rounded student and person, Rob- sition on defense. He only gave up never let anyone know that, he ertson said. two or three takedowns this year. cares that much. He loves to win. "He's diversified," Robertson "But he can just turn the of- He despises losing. He had plenty said. "He's an Eagle Scout. He's fense on as long as there's anof opportunities the last couple of the salutatorian. He does a lot of opening. If a guy is defensive, years, but he can't stand to lose. different things. Sometimes kids Dino can just chase him down un- He's incredibly competitive."think they'll be better if they fo- til he's caught." Robertson said Collins is both cus on one thing and forsake oth- And now that Collins has sur- humble and coachable, which ers, but that's not what makes our vived two undefeated seasons, the makes him great to work with kids the best. Being well-rounded pressure is off a bit, but it's the and helps him learn, is So vital." kind of pressure that will take "You can be coachable and Returning to the theme of him far in life, the pressure that not humble," he said. "Dino ap- hard work, Robertson marveled comes from within, plies what he learns. He's brave at how Collins applies himself. "I felt pressure this year butenough to try what he learns in "His work ethic is stupen- not pressure from family, coaches a high-pressure situation. Hedous," he said. "He values the and teammates. I put pressure on doesn't have to wait until it's a time that he's spending. He does myself," he said. "I wanted to ac- sure thing to give it a try."everything he can every second complish my goal and finish it the Asked about his favorite sport, in practice. He values every sec- right way. I just want to do the Collins said football, though wres- ond. He doesn't have to spend ex- best job that I can and just grow tling is a close second. He said he tra time because he doesn't waste and improve." has talked to coaches at North- time." west College, Western WyomingAnd that is what makes WILLING TO LEARN Community College and DicksonDino Collins the best wrestler in Robertson said Collins is a State about wrestling in college Wyoming. special wrestler, a special athlete but has also considered walking Just don't ask him about it. and a special person, on for football at either Wyoming He'll just smile. THE COLLINS STYLE Robertson said Collins has excelled in the style of wrestling that he coaches: being aggressive, taking a lot of shots and running Dino Collins [Or a motion-oriented offense. (JR) 29- 0 Bout: 81 lDino Collins LOV "Dino is passive aggressive,"Gabriel Spoonhunter MMYI / Fall .07 Robertson said. "He doesn't al- (SR) 0-0 Bout: 153 ways have to be on offense, and he Bye Bout: 82 Jeff Skelton BPB doesn't always have to be on de- Jeff Skelton BPB fense. Not like (Jacob) Beck. He's (SR) 2- 4 best when he's always going, andEthan Archibald KEM Nathan (Grant) is the same way, (SR) 22- 10 Bout: 83 ]Ethan Archibald KEM whereas Jaccob (Mickelson) has Bye V to be patient. Bout: 154 Thomas Haderlie THE 2012 WHSAA 2A State Wrestling Championships 2/24/2012-2/25/2012 182 (SR) 0- 0 Bout: 84 Colby Thurston NIO Colby Thurston NIO Fall 1.29 (JR) 16- 14 Sterling Baker DUB (SO) 35-7 Bout: 85 Sterling BakerDUB Anthony Escobar BGP Fall 1.28 (SR) 4-27 Bout: 155 Dylan Brenner RGB (JR) 10- 14 Bout: 86 Dylan Brenner RGB Tanner Wyse SOU Dflt (FR) 4- 15 Kyle Benefield HEM :: (SR)22-16 Bout: Bye Raustin(FR) 10-28Grandy Bout:COK Tel West MOR (SO) 28-12 87 Kyle Benefield HEM Bout: 156 88 lTel West MOR j iDino Collins LOV Fall .55 Bout: 301 Ethan Archibald KEM Fall 4.28 Sterling Baker DUB Fall 1.21 Bout: 302 ITel West MOR MajDec 14-4 Dino Collins LOV MajDec 13-0 Bout: 408 Sterling Baker DUB Dec 13-8 Ethan Archibald KEM Dino Collins LOV Champion Fall 1.24