DENVER — Mason Watt's story is inspirational.

He took it upon himself to change himself, both body — losing over 100 pounds — and mind. Something that is not easy for anybody, let alone an 18-year-old high school kid.

On Saturday night in front of a huge crowd at the Pepsi Center, the Broomfield senior wrestled his final high school match and went out in style beating Grand Junction's Hunter Tobiasson 6-3 in the Class 5A 220 pound final.

"This means everything. I used to come to this tournament as a little kid and coming and watching I always wanted to be a state champ," said Watt, who began wrestling at age 4. "For it to finally happen, in my last high school match, it's something pretty special."

Said Broomfield coach Pat DeCamillis: "It's a testament to Mason Watt. Just to do what he has done and wrestle the way he did tonight makes me proud as his coach."

Watt had faced Tobiasson last month at the Top of the Rockies and pinned the Tigers junior in the second period. It was a theme to his season, having surpassed the 100 career pin mark in February.

Even over the first three days of the state tournament, Watt had taken care of business before getting to the third period.

On Saturday night, he jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with a first period take down, and after a Tobiasson escape, the lead grew to 4-1 in the second with a reversal.

All the while, Watt kept his eyes on the clock.


"I expected somewhat the same outcome (from Top of the Rockies)," Watt said. "That didn't happen and when we went to the third period, I was a little gassed.

"I haven't done that in a while, so I was a little tired."

Watt would extend his lead with one last takedown in the third period and hold on — all the while staring at the clock — until the final whistle.

"I've been looking at that first place stand (back in the hallways)," he said, "knowing that was where I was going to stand."

DeCamillis, who himself was a three-time state champion back in his day at Arvada, and his Eagles finished fourth in the Class 5A team race with 106 points and a total of six (of his nine he sent) state placers: including Presley Madril (5th at 113), Darren Green (3rd at 132), Preston Renner (3rd at 160), Drew Worthley (4th at 182) and Bryant Walker (6th at 195).

"I don't think I've ever seen such a dramatic make-over in everything that (Watt) does and not just his body, but his attitude and everything he has done this year," DeCamillis said.

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