BROOMFIELD — Mason Watt hates to lose.

Thankfully for him, he hasn't much.

The Broomfield sophomore has been wrestling since he was 4 years old. He grew up doing so in the Broomfield program and when his time came to don the Eagles blue and white, you got the sense that he was going to make the most of it.

"I've been through all the coaches," he recalls.

But there is more to the Mason Watt story than just a feel-good, raised from the roots, done-it-the-right way blurb. One look at him will have you questioning how he is able to do what he does on the mat.

His Broomfield teammates lovingly call him a penguin because of the way he walks, but if he had his choice, it wouldn't be that way. Watt has coalitions in his ankles, something he says in layman's terms equates to having bones that are connected that shouldn't be.

"I had ankle surgery before coming in to high school and I used to be 190 pounds and was supposed to wrestle 220's, but after that I just gained so much weight," said Watt, who beat his cross-town rival Tui Fa'amausili of Legacy in last Saturday's Class 5A Region 3 championship. "I've lost most of the weight, but I still have a little bit to go."

He teammates aren't too far off with the whole penguin thing, but Watt has managed to "adapt to it and overcome," as he says, the obstacles that come with having his feet face so drastically outward.

He is able to run, but he calls it more of a waddle and that make it tougher to shed those unwanted pounds. But the burden off the mat has translated to success on the mat and Watt possess an uncanny balance that give him a little extra advantage.


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Watt will enter this weeks state tournament with a 29-7 record and will start his quest to improve on last year's 6th place finish with an opening round match against Ponderosa sophomore Darby Johnson.

It was a Pepsi Center trip that seemed like it would never get here. A season filled the ongoing weight battle and a few disciplinary issues put a damper of parts of a season.

"He's a typical 16-year old kid and they don't want to do what they are supposed to do and that is why you have coaches, to hold people accountable," said Broomfield coach Pat DeCamillis, who will take a team of six to the state tournament. "Hopefully he learned a lesson and we are going to go next week and hopefully win a state championship."

Said Watt: "I'm pretty confident heading down (to the Pepsi Center), and hopefully I can come out on top."

It's a loaded heavyweight bracket that has a distinct BoCo feel to it with regional champion Forrest Lalaguna of Centaurus — who beat Watt 4-3 in the quarterfinals last year and again in the fifth place match — as well at Monarch's regional champ Ian Scott and Fa'amausili.

Also joining Watt from Broomfield are Presley Madril (106), regional champ Brandon Tyson (113), regional champ Connor Ventura (170), Zack Walker and Noah Dohm (220).

Legacy figures to be in contention for some hardware with its contingent of seven grapplers. In addition to Fa'amausili, the Lightning have Devan Cogil (106), Trent Blazon (120), regional champ Ryan Deakin (138), regional champ Drian Hays (152), regional champ Matt Hebel (182), and regional champ Nolan Funk (195).

"We've just got to go down there and we've got to wrestle," Lightning coach Mike Thompson said. "Anything can happen."

Monarch held it's own at a stacked regional in Colorado Springs and the Coyotes, under the direction of Ezra Paddock, qualified seven. Scott and Cole Polluconi (132) each won regional titles and Xander Rens (120) and Nate Pritchard (152) were runners-up.

Fairview will be represented by seniors Dimitri Brown (160) and Caleb Bergeson (170).

If you go

State Wrestling Championships at the Pepsi Center

THURSDAY

CLASS 3A/2A

Preliminaries: 3-6:15 p.m.

CLASS 5A/4A

Preliminaries: 7:15-10:45 p.m.

 

FRIDAY

CLASS 3A/2A

Championship quarterfinals: 10 a.m.

First round consolation: Immediately following previous round

CLASS 5A/4A

Championship quarterfinals: 12:45 p.m.

First round consolation: Immediately following previous round

CLASS 3A/2A

Second round consolation: 5:45-7 p.m.

ALL CLASSES

Semifinals: 7:15 p.m.

CLASS 5A/4A

Second round consolation: 7:15 p.m.

 

SATURDAY

CLASS 3A/2A

Third round consolation: 10:30 a.m.

Semifinal consolation: Immediately following

CLASS 5A/4A

Third round consolation: noon

Semifinal consolation: Immediately following

CLASS 3A/2A

Fifth place: 2 p.m.

Third place: Immediately following

CLASS 5A/4A

Fifth place: 2:30 p.m.

Third place: Immediately following

ALL CLASSES

Parade of Champions: 6:30 p.m.

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt