photo courtesy of Richard Immel
This afternoon, Oklahoma State head coach John Smith confirmed that the Cowboys 133lber, Daton Fix, is planning on taking an Olympic redshirt for the 2019-20 season. In September, Fix competed at the World Championships, in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, for the first time at the Senior level. Daton had the opportunity to make the national team after unseating the previous 57 kg representative, Thomas Gilman, at Final X Lincoln, in three matches. Though that was Fix’s first Senior team, he has a long track record of success on the international scene. Daton has three World bronze medals, two as a Junior and one as a Cadet, to go along with a Junior World Championship from 2017.
As a redshirt freshman in 2018-19, Fix was the top seed at the NCAA Championships and advanced to the national finals before dropping a controversial bout to Nick Suriano (Rutgers). The loss was only his second of the year. In dual meet competition, Daton downed Suriano in another match that was marred by controversy. Fix started his career with 21 consecutive wins in an Oklahoma State singlet, a span that included titles at the Reno Tournament of Champions and the Southern Scuffle.
A clutch win at the US Open over Gilman in the finals, allowed Fix to sit in Final X and bypass the World Team Trials. At the World Championships, Daton picked up a first-round win before losing to 2017 World Champion Yuhi Takahashi (Japan), 4-2.
The redshirt for Fix was expected and now confirms that the top three finishers from the stacked 133 lb weight class of 2019 will not be in action. Suriano and Stevan Micic (Micic) are also expected to take Olympic redshirts.