Wrestling: Daton Fix wins OCU Open, faces defending NCAA Champion Saturday


Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Daton Fix kicked off his freshman year with an Oklahoma City University Open Championship earlier this month, but will soon face far tougher tests.

Fix finished his high school career as a four-time undefeated State Champion and has made waves in international Freestyle competition, winning a Junior World Title in 2017.

After redshirting his freshman year, Fix is diving into the deep end this coming weekend when No. 4 ranked Oklahoma State begins the dual season on the road. Projected to wrestle at 133 kilograms, Fix should be matched up against the defending NCAA National Champion when the Cowboys visit No. 19 South Dakota State on Saturday. Seth Gross has lost only three matches in the past two seasons. Both wrestled at 133 in their latest bouts.

Then, less than 24 hours later, the Cowboys will travel to No. 13 Minnesota where Fix will likely take on No. 6 ranked Ethan Lizak, a two-time All-American and 2017 National Finalist who went 30-7 last season.

Fix is far from unprepared, however. At the OCU Open he won a pair of technical falls, 19-3 against Kristofer Hudson and 19-4 against teammate Andrew Nieman.

Last year he won the Reno Tournament of Champions while wrestling unattached. In that event he outscored his five opponents 58-11, giving up only escape points. Fix started the tournament with three-straight technical falls, then won a pair of 2-1 decisions over two-time Pac 12 Champion Ronnie Bresser (Oregon State) and ACC Champion Sean Fausz (North Carolina State).

With two All Americans under his belt as a true freshman, Fix will now look to add two more this weekend.