Daton Fix has had a standout year, and he isn't done.
After a second-place finish in the 2019 NCAA National Wrestling Championship, Fix has all his attention on his Senior World Team Wrestling Championship debut in Kazakhstan.
If Fix wins gold, he would be the first Cowboy to do so on the Senior World Wrestling team since Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith in 1991, winning his fourth gold in the 62-kilogram weight class.
Fix won his spot on Team USA at 57 kilograms after beating former Iowa wrestler Thomas Gilman in a 2-out-of-3 series at Final X, winning the final bout 6-3. Fix lost to Gilman at last year's Final X.
“It was a dream come true,” Fix said. “I was very close the year before - I made it to Final X and lost - but just to get back to that point and break through and make the world team was a dream come true. I was just really grateful for everybody who has supported me and helped me get to where I am.
“I felt like that was kind of not only for me, but for my family and my coaches and for everybody. For Oklahoma State wrestling … it was a big deal for me and my team.”
Since winning Final X, Fix has been training around the world, practicing in Stillwater with OSU’s coaching staff and attending training camps in Colorado and Germany with the World Team. Team USA finishes its training in Kazakhstan.
Fix has been training with is Olympic gold medalist and four-time world gold medalist Jordan Burroughs, a notable member of the World Team and someone Fix has looked up to “for a long time.”
“I can remember being a 12 or 13-year-old kid watching him win world titles,” Fix said. “Now, I’m on the same team as him, and I get the opportunity to wrestle for a world title as well. Just to be in that position, I am grateful for it and am definitely not taking it for granted.”
The 57-kilogram bracket begins Thursday, and medal rounds will be Friday. Although Fix is excited to wrestle, his game plan remains the same as it always has been: to wrestle his way.
“I don’t have anything to lose, really,” Fix said. “I’m a young kid, and I just want to go out there and let it fly. Most of the time, whenever I go out there and just wrestle my kind of match, then good things happen. That’s the game plan.”
With the 2020 Olympic Games coming up, a lot of questions still remain as to which collegiate wrestlers will take Olympic redshirts to compete in Tokyo. Cornell wrestler and two-time NCAA national champion Yianni Diakomihalis announced he will take an Olympic redshirt, drastically changing the landscape of the 141-pound NCAA weight class. Fix said he does not know yet if he will join Yianni in taking an Olympic redshirt for the 2019-2020 season.
“After the world championships, I’m sure that me and my coaches, coach Smith and the rest of the staff, will sit down and have a real conversation about it,” Fix said.
Fix said he is nothing but grateful for the opportunity to be on the world team, and knows he wouldn’t be where he is today without the Cowboy family.
“I just want to thank Oklahoma State for supporting me,” Fix said. “I want to make everybody proud, and I’m hoping to bring back a gold medal.”