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This week’s college wrestler of the week Micky Phillipi of Pittsburgh earns the honor after knocking off second-ranked and then-undefeated Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) 3-1 in the host Panthers 36-9 loss to the Cowboys. In the first period, Phillipi was able to stymie a pair of attacks from Fix, which led to a scoreless opening stanza. It was Phillipi who was more aggressive in the second, though his offense was thwarted by Fix, who led 1-0 after two. After getting an escape to tie the match in the final period, Micky was able to convert a low attack for two points at the edge of the mat, next to the Cowboy bench. For the last 30 seconds of the bout, Micky rode out Fix to wrap up his 3-1 win. The takedown scored by Phillipi was the first offensive points of any kind scored against Fix this season. Coming into this match, Micky only had one loss this season and was ranked fifth in the nation at 133 lbs. His lone defeat this year came in the finals of the Cliff Keen Invitational to Nick Suriano (Rutgers), after Phillipi had taken out All-Americans Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) and Ethan Lizak (Minnesota). Micky is currently a freshman that is in his first year of competing for the Panthers after sitting out the 2017-18 campaign following a transfer from Virginia. Looking ahead at the rest of Pitt’s schedule, a couple dates to circle for Phillipi are Friday’s dual at Virginia Tech where he could meet 14th ranked Korbin Myers and the February 10th clash with NC State who features All-American Tariq Wilson at 133.