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Derek White, Daton Fix Fall in NCAA Tournament Final

Controversy strikes in Fix match as both Cowboys fall.




Two Cowboys wrestled for NCAA titles on Saturday night. Here’s a quick recap.

ESPN opened the finals at 285 with Derek White and Anthony Cassar. Both wrestlers seemed to wrestle pretty tight in the first period. There were very few true attacks and no scores for either wrestler. In the second White took bottom and got a quick escape. Late in the period Cassar went for a shot, took White down, and put him on his back for six. White needed to go big to get back in it and was unable to. White fell 10-1.

This was the big move that ultimately decided the match.

Daton Fix had a battle with Nick Suriano that went to two overtimes. The only scoring in regulation was two escape points. Regulation was fairly uneventful comparative to what unraveled in overtime.

The first overtime stayed on par with regulation. Not a ton of action, little scoring, then the controversy started. Fix was unable to escape in the first ride-out period. At the very end of it Suriano was called for stalling as he dropped to a leg while Fix was working on an escape. The refs reviewed and confirmed the call which gave Fix a stall point as it was Suriano’s second warning.

Then Fix went on top. He managed to get both legs in looked on pace to ride Suriano out and win the match. The ref then called a stalemate and restart. After the restart, Suriano got a quick escape to send it to an additional sudden victory period.

In the sudden victory period Fix hit a slide by. As Fix was attempting to work behind Suriano it looked as though Suriano clearly pulled Fix’s headgear to prevent him from going behind and scoring. Fix paused to ask for the call and did not get it. Suriano then shot and took Fix down to win 4-2.

The Cowboys finished in third place as a team behind Penn State and Ohio State.

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