DENVER — Nick Keitlen found nirvana.
In the hardest sport offered to prep athletes, Keitlen had been dreaming of getting his hand raised in victory at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center. The thought was bordering on an obsession.
His moment of Zen came Feb. 18.
Keitlen saw his 4-0 lead erased by Cheyenne Mountain’s A.J. Simon, then reversed an attempted shot in the third period for a takedown and nearfall points to clinch a 9-4 decision in their 160-pound match.