NCAA Wrestling: Undefeated freshman Daton Fix wins Reno Tournament of Champions


Charles Page High School Class of 2017 graduate Daton Fix has continued his undefeated career at Oklahoma State University with a second-consecutive Reno Tournament of Champions title, improving to 17-0 as a redshirt freshman.

Fix racked up eleven takedowns in a 24-9 technical fall against Cal Baptist sophomore Vince Zavala in only 6:26, and led Oregon State sophomore Devan Turner 12-3 before the Beaver was disqualified with four stalling penalties. In the quarterfinals he teched Old Dominion junior Steven Simpson 18-2 in only 2:52 with three takedowns and twelve nearfall points.

In the semifinals Fix took on former teammate, North Carolina senior Gary Wayne Harding, who, like Fix, was a four-time Oklahoma State Champion in high school. The Cowboy scored takedowns in all three periods for a 10-2 major decision.

In the finals Fix easily easily handled two-time NCAA qualifier, Michigan State senior Anthony Tutolo with four takedowns for a 10-4 decision.

Oklahoma State won the team title with seven champions and 204.5 points. Nick Piccinini (125), Kaden Gfeller (149), Chandler Rogers (165), Jacobe Smith (174), Dakota Geer (197), and Derek White (285) secured titles for OSU while Dustin Hone (149), Jonce Blaylock (157) and Joseph Smith (174) settled for silver. Michigan State placed second with 150.5 points and one champion.

Last month Fix knocked off 2017 NCAA Finalist No. 8 Ethan Lizak 6-1 in a dual with Minnesota, then won 3-0 against No. 12 ranked All-American Montorie Bridges from Wyoming.

Two weeks ago the Cowboys dominated Oklahoma 41-2 in their biggest Bedlam win in 26 years. Fix teched Anthony Madrigal 20-5 in 6:27. In their latest dual the Cowboys blanked Northern Colorado 47-0, aided by a 16-1 Fix tech fall against Sean Cannon, a three-time Nevada State Champion.

Oklahoma State is currently ranked No. 3 in the country with a 5-0 overall record and 4-0 Big Twelve record. FloWrestling has Fix ranked seventh in the 133-pound weight class.

The Cowboys will return to action January 1st at the Southern Scuffle tournament in Chattanooga, against powerhouse programs like No. 1 Penn State, No. 7 NC State, and No. 14 Virginia Tech. No. 4 Tariq Wilson, No. 10 Austin Gomez, No. 17 Roman Bravo-Young, and No. 20 Sean Nickell could all present tough competition for Fix at that event.

On the horizon for Fix is a potential matchup with No. 2 Nick Suriano when the Cowboys travel to No. 25 Rutgers (6-1) after the new year. The two set the world record for longest high school folkstyle match at the FloWrestling Who’s Number One event in 2014. Suriano ultimately won 3-1 at the 31:12 overtime mark.