Wrestling All-Name Team
Highland's Dante Chirichigno is one of nearly 30 wrestlers named to the first all-name team for the state tournament. PHOTO PROVIDED BY NINA LEWIS

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 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
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  1. Wow, articles like this make wrestling seem like a joke or WWE. Every week on Colorado Preps you see so much basketball analysis it would be nice to see a great write up on the state wrestling tournament. Instead we get names that you all think are funny. I was excited when you decided to do more coverage on our great sport but it still is not taken serious enough to get a serious analysis before the state tournament.

    • Not making fun at all. Just spotlighting the various folks that will compete. And we have a 2-3A preview to post on Wednesday and then a 4-5A preview for Thursday. So we have coverage coming.

    • Must not have read the five count every week. In my opinion Nick did an awesome job giving a rundown of the top teams and top tournaments every week. Keep it up

    • Lighten up Francis. Good to get a little break before we all tear into the brackets for our professional analysis and 20 % success rate.

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