When it comes to the Colorado High School state wrestling tournament, which begins Thursday at Pepsi Center in Denver, not a single thing will be decided by what’s on paper.
Instead, 896 kids from exactly 200 schools will duke it out on the mat to determine who is the top of each class — 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A.
At state, what’s written on paper won’t matter. The color of the ankle bands won’t matter. The name of the person you’re wrestling won’t matter. All that matters is what happens within that six minutes of close quarter combat.
While there is plenty of time to break down what will happen on the mat this weekend, and ColoradoPreps.com will be your host for plenty of that type of coverage all week long, we thought it might be best to dedicate some time to something that does matter on paper.
Introducing the 2018 Colorado Preps All-Name Team, a collection of some of the most unique, most ferocious, and most alliteratively charming names at the state tournament. This esteemed honor is bestowed upon those who worked hard to get their super-cool names printed on the state bracket…how far that name travels will be up to them, six minutes at a time. But regardless of how many times it’s written, and on which side of the bracket, these names will always have the prestigious honor of the All-Name Team.
Enjoy, and congratulations.
All-Name Team Mascots
- Rocky Ford Meloneers
- Brush Beetdiggers
- Alamosa Mean Moose
- Poudre Impalas
- Fort Collins Lambkins
- Lyons Lions
All-Name Team Honorees
- Malik Heinselman, Castle View, 120
- Dayton Marvel, Arvada West, 132
- Maverick Keigher, Doherty, 138
- Khalid Peters, Fountain-Fort Carson, 138
- Earl Camero Manzanares, Chatfield, 160
- Aidan Funk, Legacy, 170
- Nico Suazo, Adams City, 182
- William Wilkowski, Grandview, 220
- Jett Strickenberger, Discovery Canyon, 106
- Jaggar Wade, Palisade, 120
- Vance VomBaur, Windsor, 120
- Tiga Lundin, 138, Central-Grand Junction
- Miklo Gibb, Cheyenne Mountain, 152
- Dillon Derting, Pueblo West, 170
- Zion Freeman, Pueblo East, 182
- Donavin Bedburdick, Sierra, 195
- Varrion Ciddio, Platte Valley, 120
- Dmitri Huschka, Salida, 120
- Homero Navarro, Sheridan, 132
- Captain Payne, Conifer, 138 (*Team captain, for obvious reasons)
- Brewer Winkle, Elizabeth, 138
- Sy Spitz, Lamar, 285
- Rhett Quackenbush, Dove Creek, 113
- Dante Chirichigno, Highland, 120
- Cael Croissant, Wiggins, 126
- Sackett Chesnik, Paonia, 138
- Cosme Cordova, Center, 152
- Taj Van der Linde, Cedaredge, 220