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Daton Fix wrestling in the first round of the NCAA Wrestling Tournament

DETROIT, Mich. — Daton Fix relived horror.

As the buzzer sounded, Daton Fix realized the failure of his goal. He sat on his knees gasping for air before yanking his headgear and staggering to the center of the mat.

In his third NCAA final, Fix, OSU’s 133-pounder, watched his opponent win a national championship.

Not him.

In three chances, Fix did not win.

Penn State’s Roman Bravo Young defeated Fix 3-2 in the 133-pound final at the NCAA Wrestling Tournament at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday night.

“Daton Fix is tough,” Bravo Young said. “You guys know how good he is, world class level.”

It was the rematch of the 2021 final where RBY won 4-2. In 2019, Nick Suriano of Rutgers beat Fix. Before Fix’s bout, Suriano won his second national title, this time with Michigan.

In a battle of wrestling’s quickest competitors, takedowns were at a premium. After a speedy flurry of action, RBY secured a takedown to lead 2-0 in the first period.

After two escapes from Fix, he nearly converted a takedown, but RBY stayed square keeping the match tied. RBY only allowed two takedowns this season.

With 96 seconds remaining, RBY scored the winning escape. Fix charged toward his opponent with a flurry of desperate shots, but RBY wouldn’t budge.

RBY’s second national title was one of many for Penn State. Nick Lee recorded a 141-pound title for PSU. The Nittany Lions clinched the team title.

Fix was not made available to the media.

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