BROOMFIELD — It still hasn't fully sunk in for Mason Watt.
The Broomfield senior is two weeks removed from winning the first Class 5A wrestling title for the Eagles program and the pseudo-celebrity that comes along with that has stretched well beyond the halls of Broomfield High School.
"It's been good, I can tell you that much," said Watt, who can now add BoCoPreps.com Wrestler of the Year to his resume. "Going into every place and someone is always congratulating me and even somewhere up near Fort Collins, someone will say something."
It wasn't all that long ago that Watt would walk into places and people would recognize him for another reason. At one point during his junior year, he tipped the scales at over 325 pounds.
He knew he had to make a change, not only for his athletic endeavors, but also for his way of life.
So the transformation began and over 100 pounds later, not only was the change evident physically, but also mentally.
"It has just been a complete attitude transformation as well. It wasn't just physical and I mean, he is just a different kid," said Broomfield coach Pat DeCamillis back in January. "He's receptive to coaching ... and in the past, he was a young kid that thought he knew everything and wasn't receptive to anything that was different than what he thought he should do.
"He's just been a joy to coach this year."
And while Watt was used to winning the past few seasons, wrestling at 285 pounds, the aspects it took to win it all were not in place.
With that renewed zest for the sport and a transformed body, Watt steam-rolled through the season at 220 pounds and in the process surpassed the 100 career pin mark — ultimately finishing with 107 for his career.
Once at the Pepsi Center, Watt was the overwhelming favorite to win it all, but he didn't take anything for granted.
"I just tried to treat it like it was another match," said Watt, who pinned his was to the finals at state. "Just because I didn't accidently want to mess up and maybe do something I normally don't do.
"So I went out and wrestled it like every other match this season."
And in the final, Watt — whose only two losses in his 48-2 season were to Gilroy (California) High's Nicholas Villarreal at the Reno Tournament of Champions — had to go the full six minutes against Grand Junction's Hunter Tobiasson. He admittedly was "gassed" after his 6-3 victory, but it was all worth it.
The most gratifying part of the whole journey?
"It was definitely the state title," Watt said. "The weight loss was nice too, but that was for the state title and everything I have done was for that state title."